2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2010
I got this book from the library, read a lot of it, like half, and got excited that I bought it on amazon. Now I have my own. it covers everything,from what you can see with your two eyes and what you can see with binculars and different types of telescopes. Some history and where we are going with the hobby,.Most important is advice, the dos and donts, this will save you thousands of dollars, and most important, what you can expect to see from a dark site or the city .It also covers a bit of astro photography,which is important to you in real life cameras,and lots more info you may need
Yes ,the people that put this book together, were great at explaining how it all works, it is a masterpiece an should be in your home library, and you may use it a lot and the links it recommends
on March 7, 2012
I think to begin in astronomy the first step to do is get this book ... Well written, nice layout, great pictures. An essential...The best book on amateur astronomy that I read... all there. It's really a reference, only downside, no French translation available ... But written with a highly technical vocabulary, so readable even for an idiot like me.
Le meilleur livre sur L'astronomie amateur que j'ai lue...tout y est. C'est vraiment une référence seul bémol, aucune traduction française de disponible...Mais écrit avec un vocabulaire très technique donc déchiffrable même pour un poche en anglais comme moi.
on June 5, 2009
The Backyard Astronomers guide is an excellent book on all aspects of Astronomy . From selecting a telescope, eyepieces, & filters to advanced Astronomy and deep sky observing. A must have book for beginners and veterns alike. From choosing equipment to observing to advanced tips and techniques,Astrophotography and care and mantainence of your telescope and equipment.Terrence Dickinson & Alan Dyer do a master job of covering all aspects and questions in this , wonderful world of Astronomy. Highly reccomended! 5 stars all around!