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Eclipse!: The What, Where, When, Why, and How Guide to Watching Solar and Lunar Eclipses [Paperback]

Philip S. Harrington
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Sept. 1 1997 0471127957 978-0471127956
The most complete guide to viewing eclipses-including details on every solar and lunar eclipse through 2017

Want to observe the most fleeting eclipse phenomena, take dramatic photos, and keep a detailed record of the experience? Now you can be prepared. This comprehensive one-stop resource covers everything you need to know about solar and lunar eclipses-why they happen, how to view them, how to photograph them, even when and where they will occur through the year 2017. Here's where to turn for:
* Detailed explanations of eclipse mechanics and dynamics, viewing techniques, and what to look for, both in the sky and all around you
* Extended discussions of eclipse photography and videography-film selection and developing, filter requirements, special care of equipment, and more
* Intriguing individual and group activities you can carry out during an eclipse to heighten your enjoyment and deepen your understanding of the event
* Detailed maps and discussions on how and where to best view each eclipse, plus travel considerations, likely weather conditions, and equipment recommendations

Whether you're a backyard astronomer, a dedicated eclipse chaser, or a teacher guiding students through their first eclipse experience, Eclipse! provides the in-depth, detailed, practical information you need to make the most of these thrilling celestial marvels of nature.

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At one point, Eclipse! takes time off from its primary task--a detailed technical guide to observing and recording eclipses around the globe--to tell the admonitory tale of the pupils of a school in Baltimore, Maryland. These eager and inquisitive children were not only kept in by their teachers during the event (owing to "legal considerations"), they were not even allowed near the windows! Of course, on the list of Things That Are Bound to Ruin Your Eclipse, other people's idiocy comes quite low. The top contenders are usually clouds and bad traffic. Lazy journalists who tell those of us disappointed on the day of an eclipse that this was "our only chance to see an eclipse" only fray our tempers further. This is, of course, nonsense. Eclipses happen all over the world at reasonably frequent intervals, and over the next few years they will be visible from many exciting locations. (Harare, 2001, anyone?) Philip Harrington's handsomely illustrated technical manual (none of your poorly reproduced NASA Web-site maps here) is both a resource for experienced eclipse chasers and an excellent introduction for those bitten by the eclipse bug. As one observer says, "No matter how much totality you've seen, it's never enough. Nicotine, alcohol, gambling, any conventional addiction you can think of; umbral dependence is worse." --Simon Ings, Amazon.co.uk

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From the dramatic, ring-of-fire solar eclipse, to the less flashy, but unique beauty of a lunar eclipse, here is all the down-to-earth information you need to capture and appreciate these heavenly phenomena. No other guide provides such depth of coverage, including an extensive section on how to best photograph or video an eclipse, plus where and when to best view all upcoming eclipses through the year 2017, and how to get ready for the total solar eclipse due in February 1998! Includes maps, drawings and photographs.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommendable March 21 2000
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I've been lucky to watch 3 total solar eclipses in my life, and still want more! This book was written by an eclipse-addict to help other eclipse-addicts, like me. I feel very grateful to Mr. Harrington for sharing all his experience and regarded knowledge to make the eclipse experience more fun. I'm now planning to watch the 2001 eclipse in Africa based on this book's advises.
The book includes charts, tables, photographic tips, and much more useful information. The only drawback I see is that it has no color pictures.
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I have been planning my trip to view the August 1999 total solar eclipse for a few years now. It's almost here!! Thanks to this book, the best about eclipses by far, I am ready! Chapters detail traveling to other countries, what to bring, how to photograph eclipses, and even information about *every* eclipse between now and 2017. It even gives details about expected climatological conditions!
This book is more than solar eclipses, however. It also gives me new appreciation for lunar eclipses as well. There is a beauty coming up in January 2000 that will be visible right from my backyard. I'm now ready for that one, too!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete guide to nature's most spectacular show July 28 1998
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Total solar eclipses are mother nature's rarest and best trick: for a few precious moments, a blackness replaces the sun.
This book answers the what-where-why, as well as capturing the awe of total solar eclipses, and also covers the related phenomenon of lunar and partial solar eclipses.
The book has the technical integrity to not "talk down" to the audience while still being interesting to the non-scientist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, fascinating - I'm hooked May 22 1998
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I picked this book up in the library but it's one I will own. In one chapter all my questions about how eclipses work were answered and much more. Harrington has helped me discover the wonder and uniqueness of each upcoming eclipse, even if I won't always be on the right continent to observe them myself. An excellent guide book for everyone from the simply curious to the avid eclipse chaser.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible for us dummies, and fun for all. Feb. 15 1998
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A be-youtifully done mini-course in how eclipses happen and how the layman can enjoy observing them. I have a low tolerance for statistics, yet the details of this book are all simply stated and thoroughly illustrated. It doesn't take a lot of precision equipment to prepare for a safe viewing, and if you're prepared, you can gather your friends and say "Wow!" along with the very enthusiastic author, who warns that people have gotten hooked on eclipse-watching and -recording. The tone is just right: the first chapter answered all the questions I was ashamed to ask, without oversimplifying. Outlines are given for specific upcoming eclipses, starting with February 1998.
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