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Burnham's Celestial Handbook: An Observer's Guide to the Universe Beyond the Solar System, Volume 1: Andromeda Through Cetus (Burnham's Celestial Handbook #1)

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The three volume "Burnham's Celestial Handbook" series provides a constellation based, detailed and comprehensive guide to tens of thousands of celestial objects outside our solar system. The information presented includes: definitions, names, historical background, coordinates, classifications, physical descriptions, maps, charts, sketches, and observing guides. All told ...more
Paperback, Revised, Enlarged, 656 pages
Published June 1st 1978 by Dover Publications (first published January 1st 1978)
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Yael
Jan 22, 2013 Yael rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: astronomers, cosmologists, Magickians, astrologers, alchemists
Recommended to Yael by: My late friend Gary Csillaghegyi, an astronomer whose specialty
Volume 1 of Burnham's Celestial Handbook, like its two companion volumes, is an invaluable addition to the library of any astronomer, astrophysicist, astrologer, Magickian, or alchemist because of the wealth of information it gives on astronomical objects, from those naked-eye visible to deep-sky objects requiring powerful telescopes to observe, found within each constellation, or zone of the sky.

The volumes are arranged in alphabetical order of the names of constellations. Volume 1 includes the
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John Neufeld
The book which sets the standard with visual observing.

I pick this 3 volume set of tomes up (no other way to describe them as they are large, have lots of obscure detail and will teach you a great deal) from time to time when I have hours to read them. I always come away with more details that I'd overlooked or just plain forgotten.

It goes into the history and the mythology of constellations and observing, and does so from the viewpoint of many cultures that invested heavily in astronomy, not ju
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James
This 3 volume set is a must for amatuer and professional astronomers. It provides detailed information on stars(single, variable & binary), galaxies and nebulea by constellation including coordinates, magnitudes and finding charts. This series is a bit dated but the information is still current.
Doug Page
RU Camelopardalis: A former cepheid has apparently now ceased (as of 1978) to pulsate, a case which appears to be unique in the annals of astrophysics.
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Apr 11, 2010 MpaulM rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Amateur astonomers
A very good, thorough encyclopedia of every celestial object in space.
Mark
Dated, but still useful.
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Robert 'Bob' Burnham, Jr, was a United States astronomer. He is best known in astronomical circles for his classic work "Burnham's Celestial Handbook".

Burnham developed an interest in astronomy at a young age, and in 1957 discovered a comet. This led to an appointment at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. A position he retained until 1979 when funding was no longer available.

While at the o
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