Reach for the stars
Stargazing is the practice of observing the night sky and its contents - from constellations through to planets and galaxies. Stars and other night sky objects can be seen with the naked eye, or seen in greater numbers and in more detail with binoculars or a telescope.
Stargazing For Dummies offers you the chance to explore the night sky, providing a detailed guide to the main constellations and also offering advice on viewing other night sky objects such as planets and nebulae. It's a great introduction to a fun new hobby, and even provides a fun way to get the kids outside while doing something educational!
Gives you an introduction to looking at the sky with binoculars or a telescopeOffers advice on photographing the night skyWithout needing to get your head around mind-bending theories, you can take part in some practical physics
If you're looking for easy-to-follow guidance on getting to know the night sky, Stargazing For Dummies has you covered.
Steve Owens is a freelance science writer and presenter with a passion for astronomy. He has been the recipient of the 'Campaign for Dark Skies' Award for Dark Sky Preservation, and he was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for public science engagement.
Introduction 1 Part I: What's Up? Getting Familiar with the Night Sky 7 Chapter 1: The Changing Sky 9 Chapter 2: Look Up! Your First Stargazing Trip 23 Chapter 3: Binocular Astronomy 39 Chapter 4: Your First Telescope 57 Chapter 5: Taking It Further: Astrophotography 81 Part II: Joining the Dots: Learning Your Way Around the Night Sky 91 Chapter 6: The Fixed Stars 93 Chapter 7: The Wanderers 105 Chapter 8: The Constellations 131 Chapter 9: Mapping the Skies 149 Part III: Star Hopping 165 Chapter 10: Northern Polar Constellations 167 Chapter 11: Stars of December, January and February 183 Chapter 12: Stars of March, April and May 211 Chapter 13: Stars of June, July and August 241 Chapter 14: Stars of September, October and November 271 Chapter 15: Southern Polar Constellations 293 Part IV: The Part of Tens 309 Chapter 16: Ten Targets for New Stargazers 311 Chapter 17: Ten Things to Look for under a Dark Sky 315 Index 321