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City Astronomy (Sky & Telescope Observer's Guides)
City Astronomy - Sky & Telescope Observer's Guides Author:Robin Scagell Amateur astronomers who live in light-polluted cities can now pursue their interests without driving hours into the countryside in search of pitch-black night skies. After introducing the impact of urban lighting on recreational astronomy, City Astronomy focuses on solutions. Readers will learn how to spot the right weather conditions for optima... more »l seeing. Basic telescope types and their usefulness to the city observer are discussed, as well as helpful accessories such as light-pollution filters. City Astronomy points out the types of celestial objects that are easiest to see from cities and suburbs, and those that are next to impossible. Special attention is given to techniques and equipment for astrophotography, including digital imaging technology.« less
Most books start out with the "find dark skies" order, and assume you won't do any real observing from your light polluted yard. Mr. Scagell takes a different approach, essentially encouraging us to view the sky as "half full" rather than "half empty." By listing targets (and the methodology in selecting targets) and explaining the challenges and solutions to many of the problems we run into while in the city, this book shows that astronomy doesn't have to be done from remote locations, and that it is possible to enjoy this grand hobby from locations that are as far from ideal as we can imagine.