THE UNIVERSE FROM YOUR BACKYARD: A GUIDE TO DEEP-SKY OBJECTS FROM ASTRONOMY MAGAZINE
By David J. Eicher
188 pp., hardcover, Cambridge University Press, New York, 1988, ISBN 0–521–36299–7
Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what lies beyond the few glimmering stars visible to the naked eye? The Universe from Your Backyard is a complete introduction and reference to spotting and studying the wonders of the heavens with a backyard telescope.
This book is a guide to finding and enjoying 690 of the sky’s finest deep-sky objects. Included in this starry realm are double and multiple stars, variable stars, open star clusters, globular star clusters, bright nebulae, dark nebulae, planetary nebulae, galaxies, and quasars — the stuff that makes up our Milky Way Galaxy and all other galaxies beyond.
When you open The Universe from Your Backyard, you’ll be taken on a tour of forty-six constellations or groups of constellations throughout the sky. You’ll sample the galaxies of the Great Bear, the star-crowded regions of the Sagittarius Milky Way, the bright nebulosities of Cygnus the Swan, and the sparkling Pleiades and Hyades star clusters in Taurus. To assist you in finding the objects, a three-color map appears for each area of sky. Accompanying the fact-filled text are 90 color photographs, 56 duotone photographs, and 116 telescopic sketches, all from the pages of Astronomy, the world’s most beautiful astronomy magazine.
The wonders of the universe await you. With the help of binoculars or a telescope and The Universe from Your Backyard, you can journey with mind and eye far beyond Earth to witness the grand beauty of the cosmos.