The Urban Astronomer’s Guide

A Walking Tour of the Cosmos for City Sky Watchers

  • Rod Mollise

Part of the Patrick Moore’s Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VII
  2. Telescopes and Techniques

    1. Front Matter
      Pages I-VII
    2. Rod Mollise
      Pages 3-11
    3. Rod Mollise
      Pages 13-35
    4. Rod Mollise
      Pages 37-51
    5. Rod Mollise
      Pages 53-68
    6. Rod Mollise
      Pages 69-89
  3. A Walking Tour of the Cosmos

    1. Front Matter
      Pages I-VII
    2. Rod Mollise
      Pages 93-133
    3. Rod Mollise
      Pages 135-168
    4. Rod Mollise
      Pages 169-200
    5. Rod Mollise
      Pages 201-236
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 237-290

About this book


Many amateur astronomers live in urban and highly developed suburban areas, and many of them believe that they can’t observe deep-sky objects from such light-polluted locations.

But it isn’t true.

Given the right techniques, urban astronomers can routinely observe deep-sky objects night after night – something most of us would never do if it involved driving miles into the country to find a dark site. Rod Mollise has observed the entire Messier list from his urban backyard, without high-tech equipment, using only commercially-made telescopes and simple accessories.

This is a guide to good deep-sky astronomy under bad skies.

There are literally hundreds of spectacular objects to be seen from the average urban site. After dealing with equipment, locations and even urban safety, Rod invites you to join him on his virtual "walking tours" of the night sky, with physical and observational descriptions, at-the-eyepiece drawings, and photographs.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Rod Mollise
    • 1
  1. 1.MobileUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-1-84628-216-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-84628-217-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-9756
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