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Star-Hopping By Robert A. Garfinkle

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Presents the technique of star-hopping, or using the brighter stars and asterisms as guideposts on celestial paths to fainter stars or celestial objects. Twelve monthly star-hops form the heart of the book. The book covers such techniques as reading star charts, finding celestial directions, telescope types, and selecting and using light pollution reduction filters.
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Star-Hopping: Your Visa to Viewing the Universe by Robert A. Garfinkle

This book will show you the technique of star-hopping, or using the brighter stars and asterisms as guideposts on celestial paths to fainter stars or celestial objects. Twelve monthly star-hops form the heart of the book. Two or more tours are given for each month of the year. Each main hop is a step-by-step trip for you to follow. Taking these exciting tours reinforces the lessons of the methods of star-hopping. These celestial tours can be taken any time during the year. One chapter is devoted to the popular Messier Marathon. The book covers such techniques as reading star charts, finding celestial directions, telescopic types, and selecting and using light pollution reduction filters. Basic information is also given about what we know about the universe and the people who have made the discoveries, and the ancient mythology of the sky.

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Star-Hopping Reviews


'... the ultimate observing guide that belongs in every library - public, university, and the individual star-gazer's ... Garfinkle's book can open up new observing horizons for the beginner and even show the seasoned observer a few new tricks ... Most enthusiastically recommended.' Choice
'It contains a vast amount of information for all amateur astronomers ... packed with valuable information of all kinds - technical, visual, cartographic and historical - of use to novice and old hand alike ... Additionally, in using the stars themselves to navigate the confusion of starlight, the book imparts a special gift - a thorough knowledge of the night sky.' Steve Ringwood, Modern Astronomer
'This book is excellently produced and makes fascinating reading.' Irish Astronomical Journal
'... the best explanatory diagrams I have seen are included ... Information given on stars and objects encountered during the star-hops is excellent.' Astronomy & Space
"...the ultimate observing guide that belongs in every library...Garfinkle's book can open up new observing horizons for the beginner and even show the seasoned observer a few new tricks...also includes a discussion on telescopes and basic observing tips, and an impressive glossary and bibliography...most enthusiastically recommended." K.Larsen, Choice

Table of Contents


Introduction; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. How to use this book and what you are going to see; 2. How the sky works, determining your field of view, observing tips and how to navigate in the night sky; 3. January - Taurus and Orion: the bull and hunter; 4. February - Canis Minor, Canis Major, and Puppis: dog days in February and Jason's Argo; 5. March - Cancer, Leo, and Corvus: a crab, the king of the beasts, and a crow; 6. April - Ursa Major: a dipper round tripper; 7. May - Coma Berenices and Virgo: the sparkling hair of Berenice and the wheat maiden and her bushel of galaxies; 8. June - Libra and Lupus: the balance scales and the wolf; 9. July - Scorpius, Sagittarius, and Scutum: the scorpion, archer, and shield of John Sobieski; 10. August - Draco: following the trail of the dragon; 11. September - Cygnus, Lyra, Vulpecula, and Sagitta: the swan, lyre, fox, and arrow; 12. October - Andromeda and Perseus: the chained lady and her rescuer; 13. November - Cepheus and Cassiopeia: the king and queen of Joppa; 14. December - Pisces, Triangulum, and Aries: of fishes, a triangle, and a ram; 15. Messier Marathon, a sundown to sunup hop across the skies; Appendix A: Classification tables; Appendix B: The constellations; Appendix C: The Greek alphabet; Appendix D: Decimalization of the day; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.

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GOR002439070
Star-Hopping: Your Visa to Viewing the Universe by Robert A. Garfinkle
Robert A. Garfinkle
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Cambridge University Press
1994-01-28
357
052141590X
9780521415903
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.