Philip's Night Sky Atlas
By Robin Scagell, Wil Tirion
Fully revised and now in its third edition, Philip's Night Sky Atlas is a highly practical star atlas that can be used anywhere in the world and at any time of the year. With a sturdy, damp-proof binding, it is the ideal choice for the backyard astronomer using binoculars or a small telescope. It contains all the maps you need to learn your way around the night sky, whether you want to find remote galaxies, sketch lunar craters or make estimates of variable stars. Author Robin Scagell explains what you can see, what equipment (if any) you will need and how to make the most of your time under the stars. The star maps are by Wil Tirion, the world-renowned celestial cartographer.The eight sky maps together show the whole of the night sky. Stars down to magnitude 5.5 are marked, together with the brighter deep-sky objects. They are drawn on a white background so that you can add your own pencil notes or observations to the maps. Opposite each of the sky maps is a photo-realistic version of the same map. In addition, constellation maps show numerous deep-sky targets, with interesting objects described in detail.A Moon map, split into quadrants, is accompanied by suggestions of what to look for, with images of the most interesting features. The author also describes how to observe and record the planets, the Sun, meteors, eclipses, comets and deep-sky objects.
Philip's Essential Guide to Space
By Paul Sutherland
A stimulating guide detailing recent developments in space exploration written by Paul Sutherland.Rockets, spacecraft and satellites - the first steps into space.The race to the Moon - and future lunar exploration.Exploring the Solar System - up-to-date information about human and robotic spaceflight.Making space home - living and working on the International Space Station.Observatories in space - looking for other planetary systems and measuring the Universe.Illustrated throughout with stunning photographs and colourful artworks.Suitable for ages 12 to adult.Philip's Essential Guide to Space takes the reader on a beautifully illustrated and informative journey - from the earliest beginnings of rockets and artificial satellites, through the first manned space missions, and on to the latest space probes venturing out into the farthest reaches of the Solar System and the observatories in space that are delving deeper into the origins of the Universe.Author Paul Sutherland describes the early attempts to build rockets in order to propel artificial satellites into Earth orbit for the first time, and examines the difficulties that were overcome in order to launch humans into orbit and on to the Moon. In time, these advances in technology led to the construction and operation of the International Space Station.Much of our knowledge of the Solar System has been derived from space probes that have visited distant planets and sent back images and data streams for analysis. The Sun and the planets are examined in turn, reflecting on the orbiters and landers that have provided a wealth of information.Looking beyond our Solar System to distant galaxies and other deep-sky objects, Paul describes the missions and space observatories that are working to expand our knowledge of black holes, supernova remnants and gamma-ray bursts, as well as the discovery of other planetary systems.Suitable for ages 12 to adult, Philip's Essential Guide to Space is illustrated in full colour throughout.
Philip's Complete Guide to Stargazing
By Robin Scagell
In a new flexi-paperback format, Philip's Complete Guide to Stargazing is an inspiring introduction to astronomy, providing all the information you need to explore the night sky. This is a comprehensive guide to an increasingly popular leisure pursuit.Author Robin Scagell first introduces the wonders of the night sky and explains how and why the sky changes during the night and through the seasons. He describes the various items of equipment you can use (binoculars, telescopes and accessories), and gives practical advice on what to choose and what you can expect to see. There are plenty of tips, too, for observing just with the naked eye.The book continues with chapters devoted to the Moon, the Solar System, the stars and deep sky objects, illustrated with photographs and observational drawings made by talented amateur astronomers, as well as spectacular images returned by spacecraft or taken by large telescopes. The month-by-month guide to the constellations features maps showing the constellations on view each month from both northern and southern hemispheres, and is applicable to any year and any place on Earth.A complete set of star charts presents the whole sky in a series of maps that show stars down to magnitude 5.5. These maps are drawn with black stars on a white background, so that observers can pencil their own observations on to the charts. Opposite each map is a 'photo-realistic' image which shows how the same portion of the sky typically appears to the eye.Completing the book is an illustrated A-Z dictionary of astronomy, covering the planets, stars and galaxies, cosmology, amateur astronomy and professional observatories, space exploration, famous astronomers, scientific terms, theories and much more, and is illustrated with photographs, artworks and diagrams.Philip's Complete Guide to Stargazing is an invaluable reference source for astronomers of all levels.
Philip's The Urban Astronomy Guide
By Robin Scagell
Philip's The Urban Astronomy Guide provides the ideal introduction to the fascinating hobby of astronomy for the town dweller. These days, you don't have to live close to a city or town centre to suffer from the effects of light pollution. From your back garden or rooftop observing site, your night sky will be illuminated by light from the surrounding city or town. And while, like everyone else, you will have to contend with the vagaries of the weather, you will have the added problem of poor air quality. But despite these difficulties, there is still a host of celestial delights to be seen!In this book, author Robin Scagell shows that night-time lighting and the resultant brightening of the sky can be combated, and demonstrates how to make the best of poor conditions. Although the unaided eye may be able to pick out only a few hundred stars, binoculars or a small telescope will reveal many times that number. A little optical aid can also give you good views of every type of major astronomical object, including star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.For example, for those who want to develop their interest further, there are special filters that let through the light from distant nebulae while blocking out wavelengths infested by unwanted stray light from streetlights. And modern CCDs allow modest amateur telescopes to penetrate the urban sky glow and reveal sights that would have taxed the largest professional instruments only 30 years or so ago.Philip's The Urban Astronomy Guide will show you how to get the most out of almost any sky with whatever equipment you have, or even with none at all.
Philip's Pocket Travel Atlas
Philip's Pocket Travel Atlas, supplied in a flexi paperback binding, is a compact and portable world atlas, which is ideal for the briefcase, suitcase or back-pack.The 96 pages of up-to-date world maps are physically coloured to give a vivid portrayal of the Earth's landforms, with cities, towns, major transport routes and administrative boundaries clearly shown.Additional information for the traveller includes population statistics and maps showing time zones, flight paths and world climate, together with street plans for 40 of the world's most visited cities, arranged in alphabetical order for ease of reference.At the end of the atlas, the 64-page letter-figure index lists all major towns and cities, plus numerous geographical features such as mountains, rivers and lakes.The slim format of this atlas makes it ideal for travellers of all kinds, and the map coverage reflects an emphasis on areas most visited by international airlines.
Philip's Guide to the Night Sky
By Sir Patrick Moore
Find your way around the night sky with this handy guide to stargazing for the complete novice. In Philip's Guide to the Night Sky, Sir Patrick Moore explains how to find the most famous constellations and the brightest stars, and when to look for them. Clear star maps, showing stars visible to the naked eye, help you to navigate the skies. The maps are suitable for use in Britain, Ireland, northern Europe and Canada.Sir Patrick introduces the wonders of the night sky to absolute beginners in his characteristically entertaining and informative style. The Moon, the planets, the Sun and the stars are explained in non-technical language, while the constellations are described with the help of star maps and tables.The four main chapters in Philip's Guide to the Night Sky are devoted to what's on view in each season of the year. The information is appropriate for observers in Britain and Ireland, northern Europe and Canada; it will also be helpful a little outside these latitudes. Using prominent patterns, such as the Plough and Orion, Sir Patrick teaches the reader to 'star-hop' from constellation to constellation, thus learning to navigate the night sky. Star maps and photographs illustrate and clarify what will be on view. Philip's Guide to the Night Sky is an ideal introduction to stargazing, suitable for all ages and with no need for anything more technical than the naked eye.
Philip's Universal Atlas of the World
Positioned at the very top of the Philip's world atlas range, and published in association with the Royal Geographical Society, this is our most comprehensive edition, with 584 pages in total, including 290 pages of highly detailed world maps, over 100 city maps, a 54-page illustrated overview of world geography, and an index of over 120,000 place-names.Philip's Universal Atlas of the World includes ultra-large-scale maps of each state in the USA plus large-scale maps of Britain and Ireland; Canada; Mexico; Scandinavia; Israel, Lebanon and Jordan; Central Asia; Korea; Taiwan; Australia; New Zealand; and the islands of the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific. Also included are a set of five ocean floor maps, and maps of the Moon and the night sky.Philip's distinctive cartographic style, combining layer-coloured contours with hill-shading, gives an exceptionally vivid depiction of landforms.A unique feature is the World Cities section, providing more than 100 metropolitan maps and city-centre plans for major cities around the globe: vital information both for long-distance travellers and readers following developments in current affairs.The substantial index of 120,000 entries includes geographical features such as mountains, rivers and deserts, and historical place-names such as Troy and Persepolis; it also provides full latitude and longitude co-ordinates. With it is an informative Geographical Glossary, explaining the meanings of some of the foreign place-names on the maps.Supplied in a light protective slipcase, Philip's Universal Atlas of the World is the ideal gift or self-purchase world atlas for armchair travellers and globetrotters alike.
Philip's Concise Atlas of the World
Philip's Concise Atlas of the World features a handsomely illustrated introduction to world geography - 'The Earth in Space' - and with 128 pages of authoritative world maps, and a comprehensive index, this atlas is highly recommended both for home reference and as a gift.The physical maps give a balanced coverage of the world at well-chosen scales. Highly detailed, the cartography has been acclaimed by the Daily Mail as 'clearer than The Times'. The hill-shading on the physical maps provides an exceptionally vivid portrayal of landforms.The 48-page 'The Earth in Space' provides a highly accessible introduction to the key subjects in spreads. Highly illustrated with informative photographs, maps and diagrams, it explores such topics as the Universe, stars and constellations, the Solar System and Earth, earthquakes and volcanoes, oceans and deserts, climate and climate change, population, international organizations, agriculture, energy and minerals, trade and commerce, world economies, travel and communications, and the world today.The extensive alpha-numeric index of over 58,000 names includes geographical features such as mountains, rivers, lakes and deserts, as well as provinces, towns and cities.
Philip's Red Books Skye and Lochalsh
This leisure and tourist map of Skye and Lochalsh gives detailed coverage of the area's road network at a scale of approximately 2.25 miles to 1 inch.The map shows places of tourist and historic interest, including castles, camping sites, country parks, galleries, gardens, golf courses, marinas, museums, nature trails, historic sites, sports venues, theatres, theme parks, wildlife parks and zoos. An index to principal places of interest is also featured.In a convenient folded format, this single-sided sheet map is ideally suited for both leisure and business use, whether by locals or visitors.
Philip's Red Books Guildford and Woking
This local street atlas of Guildford and Woking, and their surrounding towns and villages, gives detailed coverage of the area at a scale of 4.5 inches to 1 mile. It also includes enlarged centre maps for Guildford and Woking at 7 inches to 1 mile.The maps show hospitals, car parks, post offices, leisure facilities, schools, industrial areas and retail areas, while the index lists street names and postcodes. An area road map enables the user to identify through-routes more easily.Pocket sized, and wire stitched so that it opens out flat, the atlas is ideally suited for both business and leisure use, whether by locals or visitors.
Philip's Red Books Gravesend and Dartford
This local street atlas of Gravesend and Dartford, and their surrounding towns and villages, gives detailed coverage of the area at a scale of 4 inches to 1 mile. It also includes enlarged centre maps for Gravesend and Dartford at 8 inches to 1 mile.The maps show hospitals, car parks, post offices, one-way streets, leisure facilities, industrial areas and retail areas, while the index lists street names and postcodes. An area road map enables the user to identify through-routes more easily.Pocket sized, and wire stitched so that it opens out flat, the atlas is ideally suited for both business and leisure use, whether by locals or visitors.
Philip's Red Books Shrewsbury and Telford
This local street atlas of Shrewsbury and Telford, and their surrounding towns and villages, gives detailed coverage of the area at a scale of 4 inches to 1 mile. It also includes enlarged centre maps for Shrewsbury at 7 inches to 1 mile and Telford at 8 inches to 1 mile.The maps show hospitals, car parks, post offices, one-way streets, leisure facilities, industrial areas and retail areas, while the index lists street names and postcodes. An area road map enables the user to identify through-routes more easily.Pocket sized, and wire stitched so that it opens out flat, the atlas is ideally suited for both business and leisure use, whether by locals or visitors.
Philip's Red Books Portsmouth
This local street atlas of Portsmouth and its surrounding towns and villages gives detailed coverage of the area at a scale of 4 inches to 1 mile. It also includes an enlarged centre map for Portsmouth at 7 inches to 1 mile.The maps show hospitals, car parks, post offices, one-way streets, leisure facilities, industrial areas and retail areas, while the index lists street names and postcodes. An area road map enables the user to identify through-routes more easily.Pocket sized, and wire stitched so that it opens out flat, the atlas is ideally suited for both business and leisure use, whether by locals or visitors.