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#1 brentknight

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 12:52 AM

I've had my eye on this book by Govert Schilling since it came out about a month ago.  This last week, Books-a-Million had a Penny a Page sale and I just couldn't pass it up.  After ponying up my $2.00 for this $30.00 book, I'd have to say I'm pretty happy with it.  The constellation charts included in the book are by Wil Tirion and are very nice.

 

 

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It's more a coffee table type of book, but it has some interesting information in it.  For example, the section on Aquarius mentions that Galileo first viewed Saturn and it's two companions (how he described the rings) very near Iota Aqr.  Then 236 years later, Johann Gottfried Galle discovered Neptune just a couple degrees away!

 

There does seem to be a good number of typo's in the text and this kinda makes you want to cringe given the otherwise good quality of the pictures and especially the charts.  I think the book is worthwhile if you are looking for a casual, yet informative read and can enjoy the very nice graphics.

 

 


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Posted 17 July 2019 - 07:53 AM

Hi Brent,

 

It seems and interesting book. If allowed by CN, could you share a pic from a sample page?

 

Many thanks!

 

Carlos



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Posted 17 July 2019 - 08:42 AM

Sure.  Although I'm not encouraging you to buy the book from Amazon, they do have a nice preview here...



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Posted 17 July 2019 - 06:24 PM

Looks good. Thanks. Just ordered it. Would rather have gotten it for $2, but hey...


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Posted 17 July 2019 - 09:56 PM

Yeah. It was literally a steal. I hope you enjoy it...


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Posted 19 July 2019 - 05:15 PM

Received the book today. Nice! Great photos of the highlights of each constellation, and good Wil Tirion maps.


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