Backyard Astronomer's Guide
Posted 01 November 2012 - 11:34 PM
who else owns it?
Posted 02 November 2012 - 05:33 AM
Posted 02 November 2012 - 07:54 PM
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.
Posted 03 November 2012 - 09:07 PM
I'd also add that, after three very active years in the hobby myself, I still find it quite useful.
Posted 04 November 2012 - 02:15 PM
With so many 100 AFOV eyepieces, may be due for another edition.
Posted 05 November 2012 - 10:49 AM
Clear skies, Alan
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.
Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:11 PM
It is always my #1 recommendation for anybody newer than a year to astronomy.
This is THE book for beginners--from Firefly Books.
Posted 07 November 2012 - 12:51 AM
Posted 07 November 2012 - 02:31 AM
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.
Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:53 AM
Posted 08 November 2012 - 11:48 PM
May I know what kind of "politics" are invovled in this book?