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Dr Morbius
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The Backyard Astronomer's Guide - 4th update? new
      #5591380 - 12/27/12 03:38 PM

Does anyone know if "The Backyard Astronomer's Guide" is being updated soon? The last update was early 2008, which as you know a lot has happened since then - especially with eyepieces.

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Re: The Backyard Astronomer's Guide - 4th update? new [Re: Dr Morbius]
      #5591685 - 12/27/12 07:35 PM

I agree that its about time.

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Re: The Backyard Astronomer's Guide - 4th update? new [Re: GeneT]
      #5591890 - 12/27/12 10:13 PM

I'd like to see a new edition too, but the web site does include lots of updated information. This section for instance talks about subsequent Ethos eyepieces that came out after the last printing:

http://www.backyardastronomy.com/Backyard_Astronomy/Chapter_4__Telescope_Eyep...


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Re: The Backyard Astronomer's Guide - 4th update? new [Re: turtle86]
      #5591905 - 12/27/12 10:26 PM

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I'd like to see a new edition too, but the web site does include lots of updated information. This section for instance talks about subsequent Ethos eyepieces that came out after the last printing:

http://www.backyardastronomy.com/Backyard_Astronomy/Chapter_4__Telescope_Eyep...




No mention of Explore Scientific? even though they mention 21mm ethos, and 20mm 100 aFOV ES came out before? Is this what some refer to as being too political non-biased????

I would like to see aan update, but would like it to not exclude manufacturers.


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Re: The Backyard Astronomer's Guide - 4th update? new [Re: faackanders2]
      #5591980 - 12/27/12 11:39 PM

I suspect that if there's a web site, you'd be better off referring to it, rather than waiting for a new edition just for the inclusion of new eyepieces. Since you already know about these eyepieces, that's not much of a reason to go to the expense of a new book.

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Re: The Backyard Astronomer's Guide - 4th update? new [Re: faackanders2]
      #5592478 - 12/28/12 11:10 AM

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I'd like to see a new edition too, but the web site does include lots of updated information. This section for instance talks about subsequent Ethos eyepieces that came out after the last printing:

http://www.backyardastronomy.com/Backyard_Astronomy/Chapter_4__Telescope_Eyep...




No mention of Explore Scientific? even though they mention 21mm ethos, and 20mm 100 aFOV ES came out before? Is this what some refer to as being too political non-biased????

I would like to see aan update, but would like it to not exclude manufacturers.




I remember the reference to "politics." Considering the poster never made clear what he was talking about I would not jump to any conclusions. The two authors of this book go to great extremes of referencing just about everything in astronomy. The only real omissions are products that have come out since the book was written.


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Re: The Backyard Astronomer's Guide - 4th update? new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #5592496 - 12/28/12 11:19 AM

Wonderful web site. got to get this book.

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Re: The Backyard Astronomer's Guide - 4th update? new [Re: LivingNDixie]
      #5592537 - 12/28/12 11:47 AM

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The two authors of this book go to great extremes of referencing just about everything in astronomy. The only real omissions are products that have come out since the book was written.




Agreed. My copy is the 1997 reprint; and I absolutely love it!


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Re: The Backyard Astronomer's Guide - 4th update? new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5593201 - 12/28/12 07:34 PM

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The two authors of this book go to great extremes of referencing just about everything in astronomy. The only real omissions are products that have come out since the book was written.




Agreed. My copy is the 1997 reprint; and I absolutely love it!




If I were going to recommend an astronomy book-to-end-all-astronomy-books to someone, especially to a new astronomer, BYAG is the one I'd recommend. It's a very good, comprehensive, all-encompassing book, and one of my favorites.


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Re: The Backyard Astronomer's Guide - 4th update? new [Re: okieav8r]
      #5593439 - 12/28/12 10:14 PM

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The two authors of this book go to great extremes of referencing just about everything in astronomy. The only real omissions are products that have come out since the book was written.




Agreed. My copy is the 1997 reprint; and I absolutely love it!




If I were going to recommend an astronomy book-to-end-all-astronomy-books to someone, especially to a new astronomer, BYAG is the one I'd recommend. It's a very good, comprehensive, all-encompassing book, and one of my favorites.




I liked it so much I have the second and 3rd versions. Someone said the original (outdataed) first edition was less political, but not having it, I don't know what they meant.


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Re: The Backyard Astronomer's Guide - 4th update? [Re: csa/montana]
      #5602517 - 01/03/13 08:37 AM

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The two authors of this book go to great extremes of referencing just about everything in astronomy. The only real omissions are products that have come out since the book was written.




Agreed. My copy is the 1997 reprint; and I absolutely love it!




I double-agree

I credit this book with helping me avoid a lot of expensive purchases that would have undoubtedly disappointed me when I was a rank beginner.

I also think it is an ideal resource for someone entering the hobby.

Finally, it would be a disservice not to mention manufacturers. I was glad I knew what people were talking about when they mentioned 'Naglers', 'Televue', etc at my first star party.


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