Firefly Complete Guide to Stargazing is a comprehensive introduction to an increasingly popular leisure pursuit. The book's flexi-paperback format makes it easy to use while telescope viewing, a welcome feature for the growing number of stargazers. The rapid growth in astronomy is due in large part to the opportunity amateurs have to contribute to scientific research.
For example, the amateur Skywatchers in the web-based Milky Way Project have classified more than 1.5 million objects in the Milky Way Galaxy. Zooniverse's 11,000 members have contributed to more than 70 scientific papers and the discovery of a class of compact galaxies. Planet Four's 122,000 participants have classified more than 4.5 million images from the surface of Mars.
Firefly Complete Guide to Stargazing starts with the basics. It explains how and why the sky changes during the night and through the seasons. It gives practical advice on what equipment to choose and describes what you can expect to see. There are also plenty of tips for observing just with the naked eye.
The book includes:
Firefly Complete Guide to Stargazing is an invaluable reference source for astronomers of all levels.
Robin Scagell is a lifelong stargazer and a long-serving Vice President of Britain's Society for Popular Astronomy. He has worked as an observer and photographer. As a journalist, he has edited a wide range of popular-interest magazines. Robin is the author of several popular astronomy books, and has contributed to many other publications.