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#1 Light_Years_743

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 11:34 PM

Just bought this beautiful hard-covered book

who else owns it?

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#2 okieav8r

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 05:33 AM

I've owned each edition since it first came out, and have given it as a gift to friends who have gotten into the hobby. It's an excellent resource that will serve you well for years. It's been a long time since I looked at the web page though.


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Posted 02 November 2012 - 07:54 PM

I have two editions:
The white cover one is the Copyright 1991 – 4th printing 1994 (updated)
The Dark cover with M31 on the cover is the Revised Edition Copyright 2002.

Both are very different from each other in that having both copies do not have as much duplication as other books may have when the author offers a new edition. This is nice because each actually complements each other. I’m not sure how much difference there are in newer editions compared to my 2002 edition. I read them years ago; however; I still occasionally refer to them and would not relish the thought of not having them in my library.

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#4 C_Moon

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 09:07 PM

I really do think this is the absolute best resource for someone starting out in the hobby. So much of the confusion, fear and angst frequently found in the beginners forum could be avoided, and a lot of money on "non-optimal" purchases could be saved, just by reading it.

I'd also add that, after three very active years in the hobby myself, I still find it quite useful.

#5 turtle86

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 09:33 PM

It's a great reference that has helped me a lot.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 02:15 PM

Have 2nd and tird editions,

With so many 100 AFOV eyepieces, may be due for another edition.

#7 Alan French

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 10:49 AM

I agree. This is the single best investment for anyone starting out in the hobby. Coming in a close second is Dickinson's "Nightwatch," which isn't quite as detailed, but does have the advantage of some nice charts of good objects for the beginner.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 11:57 AM

The white cover one is the Copyright 1991



That's the copy I have; got it when I first started observing! Nice book with lots of information.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:11 PM

I think this wonderful book by Dickinson and Dyer is, essentially, the owner's manual that should be distributed with all telescopes.
It is always my #1 recommendation for anybody newer than a year to astronomy.
This is THE book for beginners--from Firefly Books.

#10 stevecoe

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 12:51 AM

Like Don, I have recommended this book many times and have been thanked by people in the novice group of the Saguaro Astronomy Club for recommending it. Lots of great info and well written.

Steve Coe

#11 Daniel Mounsey

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 02:31 AM

1st edition is best. The latest editions have too many politics.

#12 Tony Flanders

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 05:43 AM

I agree. This is the single best investment for anyone starting out in the hobby. Coming in a close second is Dickinson's "Nightwatch," which isn't quite as detailed, but does have the advantage of some nice charts of good objects for the beginner.


For someone who wants an overview of every aspect of the hobby, The Backyard Astronomer's Guide has no rival. For someone with a more casual interest -- who might be daunted by the BAG's size and technical depth -- Nightwatch covers the essentials in a very accessible format.

They're both great books.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:53 AM

:bow: I love this manual!! It's a great and very useful book, especially for the novice!! Politics, or not, I enjoy the "updatedness"...(what, NOT a word???...lol...)of the later issues, but it seems to need an update every year and a half, because of the rapid and glorious changes in the hobby!!!! :cool:

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 11:48 PM

Daniel;

May I know what kind of "politics" are invovled in this book?

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