John A. Read covers everything needed to identify constellations, planets, stars, galaxies, nebulae and more. Inquisitive stargazers will find planet hunting and star hopping easy with clearly plotted routes and images of the sky both as seen by the naked eye and detailed views from a telescope.
Many fascinating cosmic objects can be easily spotted with the help of this book including beautiful Cassiopeia, regal Leo, the plentiful Kemble's Cascade, the explosive Crab Nebula, the rings of Saturn — even the moon!
This easy to read, fully illustrated reference book will enrich every young person's experience of the skies above.
JOHN A. READ volunteered at hundreds of stargazing events as a member of the Mount Diablo Astronomical Society in California, teaching people of all ages how to use a telescope and find objects in the sky. He is now back in Canada studying astrophysics at Saint Mary's University. John is a telescope operator at the Burke-Gaffney Observatory, and a board member at the Halifax Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
"It was helpful, practical, and came with great pictures. It is a short book aimed at amateur stargazers and children and I would definitely recommend this book to those groups. I am a pre-amateur stargazer with young children and I can?t wait to show them this book and look for constellations together."
"I love astronomy and found Read's book absolutely amazing. The inclusion of actual photos taken by the author brought the book closer to what the backyard astronomer will find. Filled with star facts, hints on finding it, and wonderful background images makes this book enjoyable and inspirational to any reader."
"Read is a telescope evangelist, producing books and videos aimed at inspiring people to 'see what the sky has to offer.'"