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Model:  9780521531900
Brand:  Cambridge University Press

  • Date Published: February 2004
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521531900
Urban Astronomy
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Light pollution has spread so much in the last few decades that it often compromises our view of the stars. It is becoming more and more difficult to find an observing site with clear, dark skies away from light and industrial pollution. However, with patience, some simple equipment, and by choosing the right targets to observe, amateur astronomers can still find observing from towns and cities a rewarding hobby. The result of thirty years of observing the night sky from within a city, Denis Berthier's practical guide will help amateur astronomers to enjoy their hobby without having to travel to distant sites, and without using complicated equipment or difficult techniques, enabling them to observe and photograph stars and planets as well as many other celestial objects.

  • Fully illustrated season-by-season guide to the most beautiful objects that can be seen in the night sky, from urban environments
  • Explains how to locate the principal constellations, and how to use star charts
  • Includes advice on buying the best equipment for observing from urban areas

 Reviews and Endorements:

The bane of any budding astronomer in London or Los Angeles - or any big city - is light pollution from roads, houses, offices and their ilk illuminating the night sky. But Denis Berthier encourages us to put exasperation aside.' New Scientist

'Not everyone has the luxury of a really dark observing site or has the time to travel long distances to find unpolluted skies. This guide shows what can be achieved from small urban back gardens and even city balconies and rooftops.' Astronomy Now

'A slim book containing some good (and some amusing) pictures and graphics. Translated from the French, Berthier's love of astronomy is evident …'. Popular Astronomy

'It is very informative and I am sure all you require in one place for those with a basic astronomy interest.' Spaceflight

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