The Amateur Astronomer

Patrick Moore, Author
Patrick Moore, Author W. W. Norton & Company $35 (0p) ISBN 978-0-393-02864-5
Reviewed on: 05/01/1990
Release date: 05/01/1990
In this first revised edition of astronomer Moore's 1957 classic guide, amateur astronomers will find everything they need to know to begin fruitfully and enjoyably viewing celestial objects. The author discusses types of telescopes and their flaws, how to care for instruments and use them to best advantage. He describes not only the pleasures that amateurs can obtain from astronomy but the serious scientific work they can perform as well, particularly in planetary astronomy, an area few professionals now study. Moore also weaves together the history of astronomy with recent findings of astrophysics and satellite mapping. The invaluable appendixes include star and lunar surface maps, dates and times of upcoming solar and lunar eclipses, the scientific names of constellations and major stars. Photos. Macmillan Library of Science main selection. (Aug.)