Night Watch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe
The first three editions of NightWatch sold more than 600,000 copies, making it the top-selling stargazing guide in the world for the last 20 years. The key feature of this classic title is the section of star charts that are cherished by backyard astronomers everywhere. Each new edition has outsold the previous one because of thorough revisions and additional new material.
NightWatch has been acclaimed as the best general interest introduction to astronomy. The fourth edition has revisions in every chapter, including: The famous charts, ideal for stargazers using a small telescope or binoculars - A complete update of the equipment section, including computerized telescopes - An enlarged photography section, including how-to instructions for using the new generation of digital cameras for astronomical photography, both with and without a telescope - The tables of future solar and lunar eclipses, planetary conjunctions and planet locations, updated through 2018. This edition includes for the first time star charts for use in the southern hemisphere. There are also dozens of new photographs throughout the book that show the latest thrilling discoveries made by current space observatories and probes.
Inside you'll find:
- Chapter 1: DISCOVERING THE COSMOS - Naturalists of the Night; The Starry Realm
- Chapter 2: THE UNIVERSE IN ELEVEN STEPS - The Milky Way Galaxy; Hubble Deep Field
- Chapter 3: BACKYARD ASTRONOMY - Sky Motions; Sky Measures; Big Dipper Signpost; Star Brightness; Constellations & Star Names; Star & Constellation Pronunciation Guide
- Chapter 4: STARS FOR ALL SEASONS - The All-Sky Charts; The Spring Sky; The Summer Sky; Urban Myths of Stargazing; The Light-Pollution Factor; The Autumn Sky; The Winter Sky; The Ecliptic & the Zodiac
- Chapter 5: STARGAZING EQUIPMENT - Selecting Binoculars; Telescopes; Frequently Asked Questions About Telescopes; Telescope Types; Computer-Age Scopes; Accessories; Eyepieces; Factors to Consider When Selecting a First Telescope
- Chapter 6: PROBING THE DEPTHS - Double Stars; Using Your Night Eyes; Variable Stars; Star Clusters; Distances to Stars & Galaxies; Nebulas; Averted Vision; Globular Clusters; Galaxies; Telescope Experience; Designation of Sky Objects; Atlas of 20 Star Charts
- Chapter 7: THE PLANETS - Astronomy From the City; Mercury; Venus; Mars; The Asteroid Belt; Jupiter; Saturn; The Outer Planets; Visibility of the Planets 2006-2018
- Chapter 8: MOON AND SUN - Moon Maps; Observing the Sun; The Moon Illusion
- Chapter 9: SOLAR AND LUNAR ECLIPSES - Observing Eclipses; The Eclipse Cult; Eclipse Tables
- Chapter 10: COMETS, METEORS AND AURORAS - Famous & Infamous Comets; Meteors; Auroras
- Chapter 11: PHOTOGRAPHING THE NIGHT SKY - Astro-Imaging Revolution; Night-Sky Imaging Techniques; The Barn-Door Tracker; CCD Cameras
- Chapter 12: SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE NIGHT SKY - Southern Sky Charts; Caribbean Night Sky
- Chapter 13: RESOURCES
NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe Reviews
"A clear, concise manual for backyard stargazing... fantastically revised... The best introduction around."
--Ivan Semeniuk, New Scientist
"A great overall book for the stargazing hobbyist."
--Mike Lynch, St Paul Pioneer Press
"General interest introduction to astronomy now in its fourth edition... bends the mind with information."
--Barbara Julian, Victoria Times-Colonist
"Remains perhaps the best book available for amateur astronomers ... fascinating browsing even if you never put eye to telescope."
--Globe and Mail
"New, better-quality photos; amped-up sections on astrophotography and using amateur telescopic equipment... new chapter on the [Southern hemisphere]skies."
--Lynn Andriani, PublishersWeekly.com
"NightWatch remains the best single source on sky watching and astronomy equipment for the backyard enthusiast."
--Randy Groundwater, Windsor Star
"Newly updated, lavishly illustrated...packed with facts...and a cosmic closet-full of other astronomical delights. Nightwatch puts the heavens at your fingertips."
--Neil Pond, American Profile
"NightWatch remains one of the best sourcebooks to introduce beginning astronomers to the night sky, and to keep them interested."
--Stuart J. Goldman, Sky and Telescope
"This classic title has revisions in every chapter."
"Aspiring stargazers will find everything that they need... in this newly updated edition."
--Amy Luedtke, VOYA
"A 'must' for any night-time observer."
--Diane C. Donovan, The Midwest Book Review