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Nightwatch by Terence Dickinson, 5th Edition


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As NightWatch, Terence Dickinson's classic stargazing guide, neared its 40th anniversary, Dickinson worked with a small group of trusted colleagues to give this groundbreaking reference an overhaul that will take it deep into the 21st century Longtime astronomy writer and sky observer Ken Hewitt-White led the editorial team A central aspect to this new edition is the subtle improvements to the unique seasonal star charts that present a 360-degree simulation of the night sky on one page and identify the stars and constellations on the facing page Yet it is Dickinson's clear, jargon-free language that will continue to inspire hundreds of thousands of people around the world to take up recreational astronomy

Much has happened in this popular hobby since the revised Fourth Edition of NightWatch was published in 2006 In response, the text has been substantially revised and updated throughout all 13 chapters Moreover, the book has been completely redesigned and most of its many photographs have been replaced A noted feature is the variety of superb astrophotos of star clusters, nebulas, galaxies and other celestial phenomena taken by accomplished amateur astronomers Lavishly illustrated sections on the Moon and planets will inspire novice observers of the solar system To accommodate the extensive revisions, NightWatch has grown from 192 pages to 208 pages With the release of the Fifth Edition, we are also launching a new website, NightWatchBook com, that will offer links to additional resources and will be regularly updated with information on new celestial events and equipment

Since the First Edition of NightWatch was released in 1983, the most significant transformations in amateur astronomy have been in optics and technology For all the latest on gadgets and gear, renowned astrophotographer Alan Dyer, Dickinson's coauthor of The Backyard Astronomer's Guide, has contributed an entirely new chapter on basic digital astrophotography Dyer has also modernized a key portion of an enlarged chapter on stargazing equipment, creating a welcoming place in NightWatch for today's computerized telescopes

Stargazing enthusiasts of all levels of experience will discover much of value in an enduring reference conceived by one of the most respected names in amateur astronomy This must-have Fifth Edition includes:

  • a comprehensive, all-season guide to the night sky
  • constellation charts covering both northern- and southern-hemisphere skies, making NightWatch a truly global resource
  • tips on choosing binoculars and telescopes and taking astrophotos
  • highlights of major features on the Moon to guide the budding lunar explorer
  • lists of solar and lunar eclipses, planet locations and the best lunar and planetary conjunctions to 2035
  • a range of resources for further study

Updated and expanded, this next-generation NightWatch features all-new chapters on equipment and astrophotography, fully revised deep-sky charts and scores of new photographs.

  • Spectacular new images from amateur astrophotographers plus recent pictures from interplanetary probes and space telescopes
  • Thoughtful restructuring and a complete redesign
  • Separate paired sets of easy-to-use seasonal constellation charts for observing in the northern and southern hemispheres
  • In-depth advice and tips on equipment and astrophotography
  • Charts, tables and data good for use through 2035

 Product Details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Firefly Books; Fifth Edition, Completely Revised and Expanded for Use Through 2035 (September 7, 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Spiral-bound ‏ : ‎ 208 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0228104394
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0228104391
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.64 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 11 x 0.44 x 11 inches

About the Author

Terence Dickinson is the best-selling author of 14 other astronomy books, including The Backyard Astronomer's Guide and Hubble's Universe. He has received many national and international science awards, including the New York Academy of Science Book of the Year Award.

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