Navigating the Rotating Spherical Sky

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


The new amateur astronomer doesn’t need to use detailed star charts and “star-hop” his or her way around the sky any more. The ability to recognize a dozen stars and the funds to purchase a modern “Go To” telescope is probably enough to get you to any object above the horizon (trees permitting). However, a basic understanding of just what we are seeing when we walk outside is of fundamental importance, whether you’re using a high-tech scope or a Dobsonian. So before we come to the high-tech toys of the next chapter, let’s have a quick grounding in what the night sky is all about.


Polar Axis Bright Star Rotating Spherical Amateur Astronomer Celestial Equator 
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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Mobberley
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  1. 1.SuffolkUK

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