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Make Time for the Stars

Fitting Astronomy into Your Busy Life

  • Authors

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. The Busy Astronomer

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 2-2
    2. Antony Cooke
      Pages 3-7
    3. Antony Cooke
      Pages 9-24
    4. Antony Cooke
      Pages 25-45
    5. Antony Cooke
      Pages 47-59
  3. The Moon

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 62-62
    2. Antony Cooke
      Pages 63-66
    3. Antony Cooke
      Pages 67-81
    4. Antony Cooke
      Pages 83-89
    5. Antony Cooke
      Pages 91-98
  4. The Greater Solar System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 100-100
    2. Antony Cooke
      Pages 101-108
    3. Antony Cooke
      Pages 109-125
    4. Antony Cooke
      Pages 127-150
    5. Antony Cooke
      Pages 151-167
    6. Antony Cooke
      Pages 169-181
  5. Deep Space

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 184-184
    2. Antony Cooke
      Pages 185-203
    3. Antony Cooke
      Pages 205-214

About this book


Make Time for the Stars: Fitting Astronomy into Your Busy Life

Antony Cooke

Hungry for an opportunity to study the stars but have little or no time to do it? Then this book is for you!

Perhaps you have a telescope from years ago, which you used a few times, then put it away in a closet, where it has been gathering dust ever since. Could you still use that telescope, or do you have to buy a new one? And what about all the gadgets on the market now? Which ones do you really need? About how much will it all cost you, and what should you look for when you finally have a night out to look?

Antony Cooke will give you those answers, and outline a program for star (and Solar System) gazing that you will be able to fit into your busy life. He tells why it is imperative to get yourself the right equipment from the start (without breaking the bank!) and why he thinks it is important to focus on live viewing rather than fancy gadgetry and imaging techniques. Full of sound advice and lots of encouragement, you will come away from this book prepared to take up your old hobby with new vigor and finally get the pleasure you knew was possible from studying our neighbors in space.


Amateur Astronomy Astronomical Imaging Astronomical Observing Astronomy on the Go Astrophotography advice Observational Astronomy Speed Astronomy Time Management and Astronomy Tony Cooke Visual Astronomy astronomy

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Make Time for the Stars
  • Book Subtitle Fitting Astronomy into Your Busy Life
  • Authors Antony Cooke
  • Series Title Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Patrick Moore's Pract.Astron.Series(formerly:Practical Astronomy)
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-387-89340-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-387-89341-9
  • Series ISSN 1431-9756
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 259
  • Number of Illustrations 61 b/w illustrations, 20 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Astronomy, Observations and Techniques
    Popular Science in Astronomy
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Aus den Rezensionen: “Der Autor ... stellt ... seine Überlegungen vor, wie man knappe Zeit am Okular optimieren kann. ... Er gibt zahlreiche Tipps zum Optimieren seiner Ausrüstung, damit man später keine Zeit vergeudet oder ein nutzloses instrument enttäuscht in die Ecke stellt. Daher soll man ... komplexe Technik meiden, die schwer in kurzer Zeit zu beherrschen ist. Nach der Auswahl der richtigen Ausrüstung stellt Cooke eine Reihe von einfachen Beobachtungen in unserem Sonnensystem, beginnend beim Mond, vor. ... sehr zu empfehlen aufgrund vieler wertvoller Überlegungen und Erfahrungen ...“ (in: Weltraum Facts, 2008, Vol. 15, Issue 4, S. 24)