In their passion for the stars and heavens above, amateur astronomers have contributed much to our knowledge of the universe. From their modest backyard observatories, amateurs of all levels of skill and dedication are enjoying views of the heavens that, until very recently, were the sole privilege of professionals in large observatories on isolated mountaintops. Now, equipped with precision telescopes, CCD cameras and the latest software, amateurs can see the heavens in remarkable detail; the universe is within the reach of amateur astronomers as never before.
Long - time amateur astronomer, Richard Brown PhD, takes readers on a personal journey through the astronomical world. From frogs clogging up expensive equipment to the deep - space realm of Quasars, Richard guides readers along the sometimes bumpy road from his back yard observatory to the heavens. Richard's essays are humorous and plain - speaking descriptions of the sky and its starry inhabitants, giving both beginners and more advanced observers insights into astronomy and its devoted amateur practitioners.
What readers are saying about "Night Shift. Essays on Amateur Astronomy."
"I smiled while I was reading about the basics of astronomy. A great book to start out your astro hobby with. Highly recommended."
"The book is very readable and you can pick it up on pretty much any page and enjoy the story."
"Lots of facts mixed with personal stories that link a backyard past - time to the universe."