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Discover more than 300 of the finest celestial wonders that can be viewed with common "backyard" telescopes, many of which are visible to the naked eye on dark, clear nights. Listed and characterized phenomena include the Andromeda Galaxy, the largest and brightest of galaxies beyond the Milky Way; the Snowball, one of the autumn sky's outstanding planetary nebulas; and more than 20 other special objects.
Suitable for amateur stargazers of all ages and students of astronomy, this guide contains extensive observation information about the sun, the moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and other members of the Earth's solar system. Additional topics include bright asteroids such as Ceres, Juno, and Vesta, as well as open star clusters, diffuse nebulas, supernova remnants, spiral galaxies, and other phenomena. By employing an abbreviated descriptive format, this volume offers maximum details that will assist in field and armchair use.
Reprint of the edition published by the author in 1998.
The author James Mullaney, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of London, is an astronomy writer, lecturer and consultant. He has published more than 500 articles and seven books on observing the wonders of the heavens.