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I bought this to learn more about the night sky having just purchased my first telescope and it is a great little book full of excellent information that is written in a way that a beginner should be able to understand (I certainly did). I have learned a lot about space and stargazing and I'm in a much better position to start my amateur astronomy. Would definitely recommend.
If you have just started learning astronomy or are learning astronomy as part of a school project, then this is the ideal book. It would make a wonderful gift for newcomers to astronomy too. It's a fantastic and compact reference book and the perfect size to fit into a backpack as a field reference.
The guide is aimed at beginners; the writing style is informative and easy to understand. The pages are packed with useful illustrations, charts and photographs which help the reader in their Stargazing journey.
I found the content well organised; the information and facts are interesting to me as an adult, but also, I would have loved to own this book when I was younger.
There is so much in this book that is useful to someone just getting to grips with astronomy. I love that the book encourages the reader to 'Start with your eyes', because this makes astronomy more accessible. I can see this book being a useful educational tool too.
The reference section on Constellations and Seasonal Objects is brilliant and a great reference for things to see in the night sky at different times of the year. At the back of the book there are pages on further resources, there is a useful glossary and there's an observing log template for documenting your night sky observations.
To summarise, this is the perfect stargazing beginners guide to astronomy. If you need a good introduction to astronomy then this is probably the best value book there is.
I have looked at the stars for many years, and just enjoyed the view, now i have a telescope. Im a beginner and this is a great beginners book, great maps and pictures, looking forward to warmer clear nights, and some practice. Cheers all Great book
Pages are printed so close to the centre fold, it is hard to read them. Especially the star maps. Which is unfortunately my reason for buying this book. Words and images are lost in the fold.Contains some nice information.
Great book for furthering your interest in the vast mysteries of the night sky. I live in Southern Europe and this book is useful there too where we spend a lot of evenings outdoors all year round. Lovely for the coffee table too as so many people pick it up and have a look.
Good beginner level information. Just what I needed. But WHY did some twit think it would be clever to print white letters on a BLACK background. It may look 'pretty' but it is difficult to read, and the text is small which makes it harder. Although the book contains good information, I don't recommend anyone to buy it.
I would highly recommend this to anyone looking to get started in amateur astronomy, this is an extremely useful field guide and will help any budding astronomer get to grips with our wonderful universe. This book has been wonderfully laid out to not come across as too simple for the seasoned star gazer but also not too technical for the newcomer.
This will provide all the information you need to get started. I would recommend this alongside the collins planisphere and a good astronomy (Red wavelength) torch for field reading as to not affect your night vision.