From Casual Stargazer to Amateur Astronomer

How to Advance to the Next Level

  • Dave Eagle

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Developing Your Skills

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Dave Eagle
      Pages 37-45
    3. Dave Eagle
      Pages 47-65
  3. Practical Observing:Your Quarry Awaits

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Dave Eagle
      Pages 69-88
    3. Dave Eagle
      Pages 89-106
    4. Dave Eagle
      Pages 107-118
    5. Dave Eagle
      Pages 119-132
    6. Dave Eagle
      Pages 133-155
    7. Dave Eagle
      Pages 177-189
    8. Dave Eagle
      Pages 209-222
  4. Further Information Sources and Community

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Dave Eagle
      Pages 225-238
    3. Dave Eagle
      Pages 251-253
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 255-258

About this book


The beginning astronomical observer passes through a series of stages.The initial stage is hugely exciting and gives beginners a real buzz as they discover some of the faint fuzzy objects,  markings on the planets, rings around Saturn and the craters on the Moon. But as novice stargazers progress, they want to know what more there is than looking at faint fuzzy blobs or indistinct planet markings. Many novices jump to the conclusion – wrongly – that they need to spend lots of money on expensive equipment to progress.


“From Casual Stargazer to Amateur Astronomer” has been written specifically to address this group of budding amateur astronomers. Astronomy is much more than a quick sightseeing tour. Patient observers who develop their skills

will start to appreciate what they are seeing, knowing exactly what to look out for on any particular night. Equally important, they will learn what not to expect to see.


This guide is for those who want to develop their observing skills beyond mere sightseeing, learning some of the techniques used to carry out enjoyable – and scientifically

useful – observations. It will also direct readers to information to make informed choices about what can be seen and when. All beginners who are keen to develop their skills as an amateur astronomer can profit from the advice and gain much more from their time out observing.


Amateur Astronomer Basic Skills Amateur Astronomical Observing Astronomical Places of Interest Astronomical Societies Basic Astrophotography Beginning Amateur Astronomy Deep-sky Objects Night Sky Observing Star Guides Telescope Astrophotography

Authors and affiliations

  • Dave Eagle
    • 1
  1. 1.Higham FerrersUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-8765-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-8766-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-9756
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-6562
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