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Practical Astronomy

A User-Friendly Handbook for Skywatchers

This practical manual provides essential material for the extensive world-wide community of non-professional astronomers. Every page of the book is alive with the infectious enthusiasm of the author whose expertise, knowledge and teaching experience provides easy access to the fascination and enjoyment of sky-watching.

Paperback, 240 Pages

Published: January 1994

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-898563-00-6


  • Excellent basic material for assembling practical and experimental projects easily conducted at home. Many of the ideas are original and well presented with simple instructions and perfectly clear illustrations., Spaceflight Magazine
    A unique compendium of do-it-yourself projects and a vast store of general astronomical information. Get this book, and revel in the good things in it., British Astronomical Association Journal
    This excellent book describing scores of simple observations and experiments, profusely illustrated with photographs and diagrams and dealing at length with many topics, is very aptly entitled Practical Astronomy., Daily Telegraph (Night Sky)


  • The celestial sphere; The sun and sundials; Star positions, star maps, planispheres and nomograms; Light and basic optics; Miscellaneous calculations; Appendices and useful information; Index.


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