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[It’s a beautiful, crisp and clear winter’s night. The seeing is perfect, light pollution is minimal, and you’re equipped with high-quality binoculars or a telescope. Eager to pursue your passion for astronomy, you have decided that tonight you’ll look at a whole range of interesting objects –...
[This chapter deals with those objects that are easily the most familiar to us all, whether astronomers or not – the stars. Stars are the first things you notice in the sky as soon as you step out on a clear night, and for most of us they are usually the initial target of any observing session,...
[Having looked at stars as individual objects, let’s now turn our attention to groups of stars, or star clusters.]
[Of all the photographs in large-format “coffee table” astronomy books or posted on the Internet, those of nebulae are often the most spectacular. With their panoramas of glowing red, green and yellow colored gas clouds, and impenetrable blankets of black dust lanes, often intertwined and...
[This chapter deals with those deep-sky objects that every amateur astronomer not only knows about but also has usually observed at least a handful of – galaxies.]
[After seeing the title of this chapter you’re probably wondering what possible objects exist are that can be listed as faint, far away and invisible, and still be of interest to an amateur astronomer! But there are a few, if you think about it. Up to this point we have just covered objects that...
[All the objects discussed so far in the book have needed some sort of telescopic equipment, be it binoculars or varying sizes of telescope, in order to be seen. However, it may come as a surprise to you to know that there are a number of interesting celestial objects that can be glimpsed with...
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