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The Backyard Astronomer's Guide

by Terence Dickinson & Alan Dyer

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What type of telescope is best for beginners? Can I use my camera to take photographs through a telescope? How good are the new computerized telescope mounts? What charts, books, software and other references do I need? These questions are asked time and again by enthusiastic new amateurs as they take up recreational astronomy.

But accurate, objective and up-to-date information can be hard to find. Throughout the 1990s, the first edition of The Backyard Astronomer's Guide established itself as the indispensable reference to the equipment and techniques used by the modern recreational stargazer. Now, authors Terence Dickinson and Alan Dyer have produced an expanded and completely updated edition that again sets the standard for accessible and reliable information on one of the world's most popular hobbies.

Dickinson and Dyer -- both full-time astronomy writers -- bring decades of experience to their task. They explain why telescopes often perform much differently from what the novice expects. They recommend the accessories that will enhance the observing experience and advise what not to buy until you become more familiar with your equipment. They name brands and sources and compare value so that you can be armed with the latest practical information when deciding on your next purchase. Sections on astrophotography, daytime and twilight observing, binocular observing and planetary and deep-sky observing round out this comprehensive guide to personal exploration of the universe. Dickinson and Dyer's elegant yet straightforward approach to a complex subject makes this book an invaluable resource for astronomers throughout North America.

With more than 500 color photographs and illustrations, The Backyard Astronomer's Guide is also one of the most beautiful -- and user-friendly -- astronomy books ever produced.

 

Contributor Notes

Terence Dickinson is the author of the best-selling guidebook NightWatch and 13 other books, among them The Universe and Beyond, Splendors of the Universe, Summer Stargazing and Exploring the Night Sky. He is also editor of the Canadian astronomy magazine SkyNews and is an astronomy commentator for Discovery Channel Canada.

Alan Dyer is program producer at the Calgary Science Centre Planetarium and a contributing editor to Sky & Telescope magazine. He is widely regarded as an authority on commercial telescopes, and his evaluations of astronomical equipment appear regularly in major North American astronomy magazines.

 

Editorial Reviews

More than any other guide to backyard observing, this excellent book focuses on equipment.

— Astronomy

If an amateur astronomer could afford one book, this would be the one to get ... one of the most attractive practical astronomy works ever produced.

— Monday Magazine

This book is an indispensable tool for any serious naturalist who wants to understand and experience the full expanse of the world and universe around us.

— Canadian Camera

Lively, accessible style; is comprehensive; and is lavishly illustrated with hundreds of photographs, diagrams, and charts... highly recommended for any library.

— American Reference Books Annual, Volume 35

Besides its practical benefits, this book is a real treat for the eyes. It's loaded with colorful photographs, graphics and information boxes.

— Halifax Chronicle-Herald

One of the best books to guide amateurs.

— Anchorage Daily News

Recommended for all libraries and for experienced or inexperienced amateur astronomers.

— Choice

This all-encompassing reference provides practical advice.

— Science News

Here's the ultimate resource for anyone who's thought of following up on an interest in astronomy.... A valuable addition to the amateur astronomer's bookshelf, "The Backyard Astronomer's Guide" brings distant object to our everyday lives.

— Chronicle-Journal (Thunder Bay)

Crammed with practical information that should help you become a better observer, and have fun doing it.

— Astronomy

Few books capture the spirit of the hobby so well -- the pleasures and the pitfalls of the equipment you might need, and the simple joy of watching the universe go by.

— American Scientist

With over 500 color photographs and illustrations, this book is a valuable, beautiful and user-friendly astronomy reference.

— Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin, Lunar and Planetary Institute

I highly recommend this volume for most amateur astronomers and all libraries. I wish I had read it before I purchased my first telescope.

— Science Books and Films

Excellent introductory text ... completely revised from the 1991 edition, and it is lushly illustrated in color throughout.

— E-Streams, Vol. 6, No. 4

A comprehensive guide for the amateur astronomer on buying and using equipment, including telescopes, mounts, eyepieces, and accessories. If you're bewildered by the choice of astronomy equipment out there, this book will help immensely.

— One-Minute Astronomer.com

Big colorful user-friendly book ... I recommend this book for anyone who is contemplating buying a telescope, has one but does not quite know how to use it, or wants to learn more about accessories and fun activities to supplement his or her stargazing. If you teach observational astronomy, run a public observatory, or conduct community stargazing classes, put this magazine down and order it right now ... This book is your passport to the stars.

— Sky and Telescope

Its nontechnical language makes astronomy an avocation accessible to everyone.

— Library Journal