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desertstars

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Re: Book Review: Deep-Sky Wonders by Sue French new [Re: Boot]
      #5163292 - 04/09/12 09:51 AM

She's one of those astronomy writers that has a conversational writing style, and it makes it easy to imagine, as you read, that the two of you are standing by a telescope as she explains what you're seeing.

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Denimsky
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Re: Book Review: Deep-Sky Wonders by Sue French new [Re: Binojunky]
      #5172780 - 04/14/12 09:44 PM

I just received this book. What a bargain as others mentioned! The book is beautifully made: hard covers and all colour pages. And of course the writing is beautiful as well. Thank you for the review!

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RocketScientist
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Re: Book Review: Deep-Sky Wonders by Sue French new [Re: Denimsky]
      #5192572 - 04/26/12 10:25 PM


To what extent is the book new material vs. her Small Scope Sampler, which is one of my standard observing guides?


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Richard Low
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Re: Book Review: Deep-Sky Wonders by Sue French new [Re: RocketScientist]
      #5196113 - 04/29/12 08:30 AM

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To what extent is the book new material vs. her Small Scope Sampler, which is one of my standard observing guides?




According to the 'forward' in the new book, this new compilation contains 23 of her best small-scope columns and 77 new tours with instruments from hand-held binos to 15" reflector. The book 'Celestial Sampler' has Sue's first 60 S&T columns.

This is indeed a great book both for bedtime reading and at the eyepiece. I like Sue's writing style.


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stevew
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Re: Book Review: Deep-Sky Wonders by Sue French new [Re: Richard Low]
      #5197118 - 04/29/12 07:19 PM

Sue certainly is a top notch observer, but I wish they would have changed the name of her column.
To me, Deep Sky Wonders will always be Walter Scott Huston.
You just can't get any better than Scotty.

Steve


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Daniel Mounsey
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Re: Book Review: Deep-Sky Wonders by Sue French new [Re: stevew]
      #5224832 - 05/16/12 10:10 AM

Beautiful book with a nice layout and excellent selection of objects. There were also some interesting asterisms. I think this observing guide would have been improved if it contained more information about what the objects were about, rather than mostly, just visual descriptions on what objects appear like at the eyepiece. It's not a very thought provocative source.

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Re: Book Review: Deep-Sky Wonders by Sue French new [Re: Daniel Mounsey]
      #5246618 - 05/30/12 12:14 AM

Two weekends ago I had the opportunity to enjoy some dark skies. I hadn't done much (anything?) in Bootes so I pulled out her book and Bingo!, a nice tour of Bootes. I echo others' generous comments. It's a thoughtfully-arranged, highly useful, wonderful read.

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