Nightwatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe – ISBN: 155407147X


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Nightwatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe

We recommend this text outright for anyone – beginner through to advanced.

One of the top recommended texts for Astronomers!

Revised Fourth Edition: updated for use through 2025.

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 improvements over the 3rd edition 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 2025.

This edition includes 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.

Table of contents:

Discovering the Cosmos

  • Naturalists of the Night
  • The Starry Realm

The Universe in Eleven Steps

  • The Milky Way Galaxy
  • Hubble Deep Field

Backyard Astronomy

  • Sky Motions
  • Sky Measures
  • Big Dipper Signpost
  • Star Brightness
  • Constellations and Star Names
  • Star and Constellation Pronunciation Guide

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 and the Zodiac

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

Probing the Depths

  • Double Stars
  • Using Your Night Eyes
  • Variable Stars
  • Star Clusters
  • Distances to Stars and Galaxies
  • Nebulas
  • Averted Vision
  • Globular Clusters
  • Galaxies
  • Telescope Experience
  • Designation of Sky Objects
  • Atlas of 20 Star Charts

The Planets

  • Astronomy From the City
  • Mercury
  • Venus
  • Mars
  • The Asteroid Belt
  • Jupiter
  • Saturn
  • The Outer Planets
  • Visibility of the Planets 2005-2018

Moon and Sun

  • Moon Maps
  • Observing the Sun
  • The Moon Illusion

Solar and Lunar Eclipses

  • Observing Eclipses
  • The Eclipse Cult
  • Eclipse Tables

Comets, Meteors and Auroras

  • Famous and Infamous Comets
  • Meteors
  • Auroras

Photographing the Night Sky

  • Astro-Imaging Revolution
  • Night-Sky Imaging Techniques
  • The Barn-Door Tracker
  • CCD Cameras

Southern Hemisphere Night Sky

  • Southern Sky Charts
  • Caribbean Night Sky



Publisher: Firefly Books

Edition Notes: Revised Fourth Edition, Updated for use through 2025
Author Statement: Terence Dickinson ; Foreword by Timothy Ferris ; Illustrations by Adolf Schaller, Victor Costanzo, Roberta Cooke and Glenn LeDrew ; Principal Photography by Terence Dickinson
Audience: Trade
Specs: color photographs, star charts, resources, index
Pages: 192
Trim Size: 11″ x 10 3/4″ x 7/8″
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 20060912
Copyright Year: 2006

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Weight 2 kg
Dimensions 23 × 28 × 3 cm


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