How do I get started in astronomy?
Should I buy binoculars or a telescope?
What can I expect to see?
This wonderful informal guide to astronomy provides all the information an absolute beginner needs to get started. It starts by explaining the basic techniques and equipment you need for exploring the night sky, from observing with the naked eye to using and choosing binoculars and telescopes. It then takes you on a brief tour of what’s up there; covering the Moon, Sun, planets, stars, and more. Any necessary technical terms are clearly explained.
- Gives sound advice on using and purchasing affordable binoculars, telescopes, and accessories
- Describes what is in the sky, and how and why it changes over time
- Illustrated with photos taken by the author, showing how objects in the sky actually look through modest amateur equipment
- Contains a comprehensive glossary and references to further astronomy resources and websites
Whether you are a parent thinking of buying a telescope for your children, or a newcomer yourself, this book has all you need to know to take the first steps into the fascinating world of astronomy. Stargazing Basics is published by Cambridge University Press.
Paul takes Stargazing Basics on the road, traveling to libraries and other venues to give presentations based on it. He brings along telescopes, binoculars, and other equipment, to help people get to know a bit about this hobby. If the program takes place in the evening, he might set up a scope or two outside, if the weather permits. Signed copies are available, too! See ‘Programs’ and ‘Pricing’ for more information.