Despite the book's title, there is very little about astronomy here, i.e., lists of constellations, star charts, night sky maps, or details about planets, stars, and galaxies. However, there is a wealth of information about the equipment used in astronomy, including prices, consumer-type information, advice on when to use and when not to use binoculars, telescopes, cameras, film, lenses, filters, and other items for the amateur astronomer. Four chapters, though, concern the observation of the solar system and deep space objects. There are also several chapters discussing the photographing of all types of astronomical phenomena. Though cost may deter small-to-medium-sized libraries, there is much information here for the experienced amateur, and some useful information for the beginner as well. (Illustrations and index not seen.)-- Robert Ellis Potter, Dunedin P.L., Fla.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
More than one million of Terence Dickinson's previous books are in print in three languages. His many science awards include the New York Academy of Sciences Book of the Year Award and the Royal Canadian Institute's Sandford Fleming Medal.
Alan Dyer is a magazine associate editor for "Astronomy".
My only small gripe with this book is that it repeats verbatim several chunks of Nightwatch, Dickinson's first book. Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2001 by M. H. Bayliss
I'm a novice amateur astronomer who bought this book as a reference. When it arrived, I found myself reading every page, cover to cover. Whoa! Read morePublished on June 1 2001 by "smokey_joe"
I'm actually just starting in on the hobby, but I can tell that this book is going to be a MAJOR asset throughout my learning experience. Read morePublished on May 29 2001 by "ethrane"
This is the best guide to amateur astronomy PERIOD! Objective advice on the purchase of equipment, from basic items like introductory scopes and binoculars to the most obscure... Read morePublished on May 21 2001
I received this book for Christmas last year, and I love it! I have to agree with the statement from a previous reviewer, though; beginners should read this before purchasing a... Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2000 by Chad Hicks
For those who have always been interested in astronomy, or for those who are new to the subject, this book is for you. Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2000
I agree with one of the other reviewers, while this text contains some good rules of thumb, the product data is fairly dated even with the update in 1993. Read morePublished on July 7 2000 by "foobar666"
Very complete and thorough. Excellent resource for the novice and advantage amateur alike. Well worth reading and a great resource as well.Published on May 15 2000 by Clinton McQueen
Nightwatch, by the same author, is better introductory reading. The Backyard Astronomer's Guide contains more detailed material, but it is very dated. Read morePublished on April 24 2000