This book brings the challenge and fun back to a hobby that goes stale far too quickly for many budding amateur astronomers. The book begins with teaching astronomers to use their most important astronomy tool, their eyes. It discusses how to select the right telescope, and subsequent chapters take the readers on a tour of the solar system as they have never viewed it before... through their own eyes. Each chapter includes a series of observing challenges that will entertain and push the reader to continually higher levels of achievement.
Michael Borgia is a jet pilot instructor for Flight Safety International, and in his spare time a member of Delmarva Stargazers Astronomy Club. He has been an amateur astronomer for 30 years - since his childhood. He believes that he has been in every situation, asked every relevant and irrelevant question, and experienced every frustration known to amateur astronomy. He is the author of numerous training documents for Flight Safety and American Flyers, including full-length technical training texts.
The Integrated Observing System. Part I:Your Eyes.- The Integrated Observing System. Part II:Your Equipment.- Putting the Integrated Observing System Together.- First Night Out.- Mysteries of the Moon.- Secrets of the Sun.- Mercury, Venus, and the Inner Solar System.- The Enigmas of Mars, the Red Planet.- Comets and Asteroids, the Cosmic Leftovers of Creation.- Jupiter and Saturn, Kings of Worlds.- The Outer Worlds; Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Beyond.- Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (Now Knock It Off!).- Faint, Fuzzy Things. Part I:P henomena Galactica.- Faint, Fuzzy Things. Part II:The Island Universes.