Despite light and industrial pollution, astronomy from urban areas can still be a rewarding hobby. Denis Berthier's practical guide enables amateur astronomers in towns and cities to observe and photograph stars, planets and other celestial objects.
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.
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'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 "Designed for those trapped within the light domes of cities, Urban Astronomy presents a whirlwind tour of exciting stargazing possibilities. With the entire cosmos as a backdrop, readers are quickly introduced to the essentials for enjoying the night sky in metropolitan environments. In jargon-free language, the first section explains everything from the importance of selecting an observing site away from bothersome streetlights to the life and death of stars." Astronomy
About Denis Berthier
Denis Berthier is a French journalist who has been passionate about astronomy for the last thirty years.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. Starting out without fear; 2. Observing equipment; 3. The sky above the roof-tops; 4. Season by season - what to observe; 5. How to look after your equipment; Tables.
Urban Astronomy by Denis Berthier
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Cambridge University Press
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