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Exploring the Solar System with Binoculars


  • 200 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 166 pages
  • Size: 297 x 210 mm
  • Weight: 0.63 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 522/.6
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: QB501.2 .O44 2010
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Solar system--Amateurs' manuals
    • Solar system--Observers' manuals
    • Astronomy--Amateurs' manuals
    • Astronomy--Observers' manuals

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521741286)

In this journey of discovery, Stephen James O'Meara shows you how to observe our Solar System's wonders with ease, using nothing more than the unaided eye and inexpensive handheld binoculars. The guide presents a new way to identify and appreciate the wonders of the Solar System in detail, such as lunar and solar eclipses, sunspots, the Moon's craters, the planets, meteors, and comets. It is a unique observing guide for all amateur astronomers, proving you don't need big and expensive equipment to enjoy astronomy from your own backyard. You will learn a variety of skills, including how to find Venus in the daytime, how to identify faint features in bright comets, how to increase your chances of seeing an abundant meteor shower, and how to track the changing aspects of the planets and their moons. A must for Solar System explorers everywhere!

• Discover new ways of appreciating the wonders of the Solar System, including the Moon's craters, meteor showers, comets, solar and lunar eclipses, and more • One of the world's leading visual observers presents a simple methodical approach to help you develop your observational expertise • Learn how to find Venus in the daytime, how to observe faint features in bright comets, how to maximize your chances of seeing the most meteors during a shower, and much more


Preface; 1. The Sun: the angel of light; 2. The Moon: the lovely dead; 3. Solar eclipses; 4. The planets: worlds of wonder; 5. Comets: divine elegance; 6. Meteors: when the heavens weep; Appendices; Index.


'… written by an outstanding observer, [this book] can only be greatly recommended to all who ask themselves, for instance, how to observe easily and without ambiguities some marvels of the solar system.' Ciel et Terre

'Don't consider the low page count: this is a large-format book that is excellent value and I would recommend this book to all beginning observers.' David Arditti, Astronomy Now

'Stephen James O'Meara's book … is testament to one man's affliction with the shapes and colours that continually transcend the velvet backdrop of space. Through his passion, the book draws the reader into an ever changing, lively night time display.' Mark Mortimer, Universe Today

'O'Meara, a popular and knowledgeable author renowned for his skills of observation, has succeeded in producing a comprehensive beginner's guide to viewing the Sun, Moon and planets using binoculars … The text is split into easily navigated object/phenomena sections and is copiously illustrated … I wasn't aware of some of the observational techniques described, including the conscious deployment of short spells of 'daydreaming' to be able to locate Venus (and other objects) in the daytime! So, inexperienced and experienced observers alike will learn much from this book, and I will doubtless consult it myself from time to time.' Popular Astronomy

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