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  • Observing the Messier Objects with a Small Telescopeby Philip Pugh

    Springer 2011; US$ 44.95

    "Observing the Messier Objects with a Small Telescope" contains descriptions and photographs of the 103 Messier objects, with instructions on how to find them without a computerized telescope or even setting circles. The photographs show how the objects appear through a 127mm Maksutov (and other instruments, where applicable). The visual... more...

  • Matter, Dark Matter, and Anti-Matterby Alain Mazure; Vincent Le Brun

    Springer 2011; US$ 34.95

    For over ten years, the dark side of the universe has been headline news. Detailed studies of the rotation of spiral galaxies, and 'mirages' created by clusters of galaxies bending the light from very remote objects, have convinced astronomers of the presence of large quantities of dark (unseen) matter in the cosmos. The most striking fact... more...

  • 3,000 Deep-Sky Objectsby Ted Aranda

    Springer 2011; US$ 44.95

    This title is a comprehensive set of visual descriptions of deep-sky objects visible from the northern hemisphere. It is a record of the most extensive and systematic visual survey of the sky ever done in modern times. 3,000 deep-sky objects are listed with short descriptions of the visual appearance in the author's powerful binocular telescope.... more...

  • Our Explosive Sunby Pal Brekke

    Springer 2011; US$ 29.95

    The Sun, which is our own star at the center of the Solar System, gives rise to all life on Earth and is the driver of photosynthesis in plants and the source of all food and energy for living things. As seen with the naked eye, the Sun appears as a static and quiet yellow disk in the sky. However, it is a stormy and ever-changing star that contributes... more...

  • Hot Interstellar Matter in Elliptical Galaxiesby Dong-Woo Kim; Silvia Pellegrini

    Springer 2011; US$ 149.00

    Based on a number of new discoveries resulting from 10 years of Chandra and XMM-Newton observations and corresponding theoretical works, this is the first book to address significant progress in the research of the "Hot Interstellar Matter in Elliptical Galaxies". A fundamental understanding of the physical properties of the hot ISM in elliptical... more...

  • The Casual Sky Observer's Guideby Rony De Laet

    Springer 2011; US$ 39.95

    "The Casual Sky Observer's Pocket Guide" offers an observing program for occasional amateur observers looking for some quick, fun astronomy adventures under the stars. In the real world, where time for observing is limited, the weather is seldom perfect, and expensive equipment is not an option, amateur astronomy may not be seen as a... more...

  • Celestial Delightsby Francis Reddy

    Springer 2011; US$ 44.95

    Celestial Delights is essentially a 'TV Guide' for teh sky. This will be its third edition. This title, which has aggregated sales of about 20,000 copies to date in its two previous editions and has found a niche with skygazers, is much awaited. Through extensive graphics integrated with an eight-year-long calendar of sky events, it provides... more...

  • A Field Guide to Deep-Sky Objectsby Michael D. Inglis

    Springer 2011; US$ 39.95

    This star guide enables amateur astronomers to focus on a class of object, and using an observation list that begins with the easiest object, find and move progressively over a period of months to more difficult targets. Includes detailed descriptive summaries of each class of object. Amateur astronomers of all levels will find this book invaluable... more...

  • Astronomy with a Budget Telescopeby Patrick Moore; John Watson

    Springer 2012; US$ 39.99

    "Astronomy with a Budget Telescope, 2nd Edition" is a complete introduction to buying and using a low-cost amateur astronomical telescope. It provides essential hints and tips about what to look for when buying on a budget - the best are now excellent value, but they all lack an astronomer's advice about setting them up and using them.... more...

  • How Likely is Extraterrestrial Life?by J. Woods Halley

    Springer 2012; US$ 49.95

    What does existing scientific knowledge about physics, chemistry, meteorology and biology tell us about the likelihood of extraterrestrial life and civilizations? And what does the fact that there is currently no credible scientific evidence for the existence of extraterrestrial biospheres or civilizations teach us? This book reviews the various scientific... more...