Friday, December 14, 2007

The Amateur Astronomer, 12th Edition

Author: Patrick Moore

Publisher: Springer

Date: October 11, 2005

Pages: 293


The first edition of The Amateur Astronomer was published almost half a century ago. Other editions followed, and it is fair to say that they introduced quite a number of people to astronomy. But things have changed since then. In 1957, the average amateur astronomer worked with a modest telescope and a simple camera; his main targets were the planets and some variable stars. Not so today. Electronic devices have largely replaced photographic film, telescopes are computer-controlled and the well-equipped camera can produce results equal to those of major professional observatories a few decades ago.

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