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Peterson Field Guides: Stars and Planets (Peterson Field Guides #15)

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The fourth edition of this best-selling field guide has been completely revised and updated to include the latest information from leading astronomical sources. All the time-sensitive material is new and valid through 2010: solar eclipses, phases of the moon, positions of the planets, and more. Twenty-four Monthly Sky Maps, all newly revised and in color, show exactly what ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published December 24th 1992 by Houghton Mifflin (first published January 1st 1964)
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I checked this dense compact field guide out from my local library in the hopes of using it in the field with my telescope. Due to its size and weight, I found it nearly useless to use in the dark with my red flashlight at my telescope. The atlases were too small, requiring my reading glasses, and the binding too stiff and tight to allow the field guide to be laid flat and free up a hand to adjust the telescope.

The information provided in the guide appears current as of a dozen years ago (circa
Don Gubler
Why is it that astronomers can chart the planet and such centuries ahead but then they put out a guide it is almost outdated on the issue date?
Michael Smith
Jun 10, 2014 Michael Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this thick, hybrid reference book and explanatory tome in tiny chunks over a six-month period. I know it’s out of date (and there is at least a fourth edition available), but it was the object at hand and I figured that, aside from information on exoplanets and steadily incoming information about our solar system, the data for stars and the definitions of astronomical terms can’t have changed too much since 1992 (with a few 1997 updates in this edition), can they? The book patiently expla ...more
Melanie Wyatt
Jun 21, 2012 Melanie Wyatt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle school students
Shelves: reference-shelf
Pasachoff, J. M. (Ed.). (2000). A field guide to stars and planets. R. T. Peterson (Ed.). Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Reviewed by: Melanie Wyatt
Category: Atlas
Call #: 523
Price: $19.00

Description: This book is a field guide to the stars and planets, providing introductory tours of the night sky; twenty-four monthly sky maps, fifty-two atlas charts that cover the entire sky, and tips on how to choose telescopes and binoculars.
Content/scope: The purpose of the book, content and scope are
Dec 18, 2012 Hilary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Hilary by: no one; it was a surprise find
I luv, luv, luv the stars (& the moon). Every chance I get I spend hours flipping books like these. Reading tidbits here & there, going back to the beganing to go thru again. I like "Guides", concise,information - text gets right down to the pt. It is a quite a dense read. But @ look all the photographes, their beautiful. the universe is miraculous!
Jul 26, 2007 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is an absolute must for any stargazer! anyone familiar with peterson guides knows they are easy to use and also comprehensive. it has also inspired me to explore my hobby of photography a little further. fyi lunar eclipse 8/28/07 visible from the west coast
Feb 05, 2013 Joseph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like most Peterson Field Guides there is lots of good information about the subject matter other than pure identification. I learned a lot about the nuts and bolts of sky watching by reading this field guide from cover to cover (just skimming most of the charts and tables of course).
Jul 06, 2012 Olivia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Text and maps are small and difficult to see at night, but overall content is wonderful! It contains the content of a textbook but is pocket-sized and easy to carry.
Jan 29, 2008 Lafcadio rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lisa
Recommended to Lafcadio by: Richard
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Actually, not bad, as far as Peterson guides go. Uses H. A. Rey's constellation paradigm. My copy is ancient.
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