Item description for National Audubon Society Pocket Guide to Constellations of the Northern Skies by Gary Mechler, Mark Chartrand & Wil Tirion...
Overview Human beings have always looked to the skies: as clock and calendar, to divine the future, for spiritual guidance. Even today, astronomers study the night sky for the key to the mysteries of the universe, as they literally look back in time to when it all began. By learning your way around the sky, you can identify constellations that our ancestors knew and even search out distant galaxies and clusters of stars that may support worlds like our own. This guide covers the Northern Hemisphere skies season by season, with close-up looks at 54 constellations visible from northern latitudes, both the familiar and the less well known. This easy-to-use pocket guide is divided into four parts: introductory essays and drawings, illustrated tours of the sky, illustrated descriptions of the constellations, and appendices.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 4.16" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.46" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Feb 4, 2002
Series National Audubon Society Pocket Guides
ISBN 0679779981 ISBN13 9780679779988
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More About Gary Mechler, Mark Chartrand & Wil Tirion
WAYNE R. PETERSEN is the Director of theMassachusetts Important Bird Areas(IBA) program atMass Audubon. He had led many birding tours across North America and abroad. In 2005, Petersen received theAmerican Birding Association s Ludlow Griscom Award for outstanding contributions in regional ornithology."
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Reviews - What do customers think about National Audubon Society Pocket Guide to Constellations of the Northern Skies?
Nat'l Audubon Pkt Guide to Constellations/Northern Skies Jan 4, 2007
Excellent book, it was an addition to the entire pocket guide series I bought for my 9 year old nephew, he loves this series, its just enough information to keep his attention and has sparked an interest in so many areas.
Wonderfully compact; good binocular or naked eye companion. Nov 12, 1998
This tiny book packs the only most useful information into the smallest usable size, small enough to fit in a shirt pocket. I keep mine in my binocular case. It has compact overview maps showing constellations and a few selected objects by season, then constellation by constellation maps with greater detail and many objects which can be seen in binoculars or a small telescope. On the page facing each map is short, well written text describing the most interesting stars and deep sky objects on the map.
Because of its small size, it is limited to only the brightest stars and objects, but there is plenty detail for star hopping to interesting objects with the aid of a pair of binoculars. It is not a substitute for a serious field guide and star atlas, but begginers will find plenty to look for with this and more experienced stargazers will appreciate its convenience.
This book is a good way to learn your way around the sky. Remember, it takes some practice to learn how to read a star map and mentally rotate and project it onto the curved night sky. You get better at this with practice. I also suggest you get a small flashlight with a red filter.
Beginners wishing to learn constellations may also wish to consult Levitt and Marshall's classic "Star Maps for Begginers", which has much less cartographic detail (perhaps an advantage for learning the constellations). This book is much more useful on an ongoing basis, however.