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The Deep Sky
of us find that to leave bright room and cozy chair for the dark world
outside is contrary to nature, like a moth flying from the light.
As a bather plunges into cold water, so the sky hunter must
immerse himself in darkness before he will find it comfortable in the
night . . . So rich is this nocturnal wonderland that even for smallest
telescopes numerous objects await observation.
A larger lens or mirror is not an assured benefit.
Devotion and patience are as important as light grasp.
wrote Leland S. Copeland in his article All Night with the Stars
that appeared in the November 1949 issue of Sky & Telescope
magazine. In this article, he
wrote of the splendor that observing some of the many wonders of the night
sky holds for amateur astronomers. Copeland
was one of his day's most prolific deep-sky observers.
Indeed, he originated and penned the Deep-Sky Wonders column
in Sky & Telescope from 1942 to 1946, when it was passed on the
Walter Scott Houston. Scotty
Houston continued what Copeland began until his death in December 1993,
with his last column appearing in the July 1994 issue.
These two extraordinary amateur astronomers and authors are
responsible for enlightening an uncountable number of amateur astronomers
to the wonder of deep-sky observing, including me.
Together, they have left us a legacy of more than 50 years of
insight and inspiration. It
is my hope that through this book, I can pass on to you some of the
enthusiasm and love of deep-sky observing that they gave me over the
272 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 0.65 x 9.25 x 6.17
- Publisher: Sky Pub
Corp; ISBN: 0933346808; (February 1998)
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Library of Congress Catalog Data
||Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)
||The deep sky : an introduction / Philip S.
||Cambridge, Mass. : Sky Pub. Corp., c1997.
||272 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
||0933346808 (pbk. : alk. paper)
||Includes bibliographical references (p.
222-223) and index.
||Sky & telescope observer's guides
||QB63 .H318 1997