A Stargazing Program for Beginners

A Pocket Field Guide

  • Jamie Carter

Part of the Astronomer's Pocket Field Guide book series (ASTROPOC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. The Wide-Eyed View

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jamie Carter
      Pages 3-30
    3. Jamie Carter
      Pages 31-56
    4. Jamie Carter
      Pages 57-85
  3. A Closer Look

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Jamie Carter
      Pages 89-115
    3. Jamie Carter
      Pages 117-138
    4. Jamie Carter
      Pages 139-159
    5. Jamie Carter
      Pages 161-183
    6. Jamie Carter
      Pages 185-206
  4. Deep Sky

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Jamie Carter
      Pages 209-230
    3. Jamie Carter
      Pages 231-254
    4. Jamie Carter
      Pages 255-278
    5. Jamie Carter
      Pages 279-301
  5. Dark Sky Destinations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-303
    2. Jamie Carter
      Pages 305-324
    3. Jamie Carter
      Pages 325-350
    4. Jamie Carter
      Pages 351-405
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 407-419

About this book


 By investing just an hour a week and $50 in binoculars, it’s possible to learn a few simple techniques and quickly gain a real insight into the night sky's ever-changing patterns – and what they tell us about Earth, the seasons and ourselves. Searching more for a learned appreciation of nature and our exact place within the cosmos than academic scientific knowledge, science and travel writer Jamie Carter takes the reader on a 12 month tour of the night sky's incredible annual rhythms that say so much about Earth. During the journey he learns about the celestial mechanics at work in the skies above that are – to the beginner – almost beyond belief. As well as the vital constellations and clusters, and the weird and wonderful nebulas, he searches out “dark sky destinations” across the globe that help increase knowledge and give a new perspective on familiar night sky sights. On the journey he witnesses a solar eclipse and grapples with star-charts, binoculars, smartphone apps, telescopes, spots satellites and attempts basic astro-photography.  By year's end, the reader will be able to glance at the night sky from anywhere on the planet and tell what direction he or she is facing, what time it is, where all the planets are and even where the Galactic Center Point is. 


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Authors and affiliations

  • Jamie Carter
    • 1
  1. 1.CardiffUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-22071-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-22072-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2198-0756
  • Series Online ISSN 2198-0764
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