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Eyes on the Skies
Authors: Govert Schilling and Lars Lindberg Christensen

Publisher: Wiley VCH

ISBN: 978-3527408658

Price: £16.99 (Hb), 132pp


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The attractive Eyes on the Skies – 400 Years of Telescopic Discovery is one of the most accessible books I have ever read. Released as part of the International Year of Astronomy, it brings the reader a history of telescopes from their beginnings to the present day. Easy to read and holding your attention from beginning to end, the text is illustrated with high quality images and diagrams. The authors explain in clear non-technical language how telescopes have developed from two pieces of glass to orbiting satellites, and from small mirrors to large radio telescope arrays.

For those who are more technically minded there are explanations of the technology involved in observing. There are plenty of text boxes to provide additional information, and a section is included at the end that leads nicely into the accompanying book Hidden Universe.

Also included is the official IYA 2009 DVD, which is closely based on the text of the book. The DVD is well-produced, easy to follow and entertaining. At this price, the excellent quality of writing, presentation, and the included DVD (you can buy the DVD separately for £15.99) make this book a must for IYA2009.

David Bowdley

2009 Yearbook
This 132-page special edition features the ultimate observing guide for 2009, a review of all the biggest news stories of 2008, in depth articles covering all aspects of astronomy and space missions for 2009, previews of International Year of Astronomy events and much, much more.
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Infinity Rising
This special publication features the photography of British astro-imager Nik Szymanek and covers a range of photographic methods from basic to advanced. Beautiful pictures of the night sky can be obtained with a simple camera and tripod before tackling more difficult projects, such as guided astrophotography through the telescope and CCD imaging.
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Exploring Mars
Astronomy Now is pleased to announce the publication of Exploring Mars. The very best images of Mars taken by orbiting spacecraft and NASA's Spirit and Opportunity rovers fill up the 98 glossy pages of this special edition!
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Mars rover poster
This new poster features some of the best pictures from NASA's amazing Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity.
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