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Stargazing For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-41157-5
352 pages
January 2013
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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

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