Current status of the book Getting Started: Visual Astronomy

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Current status of the book Getting Started: Visual Astronomy

Post by AllanHall » Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:53 am

I have several books about astrophotography in print and it occurs to me that the same approach I have taken with my Getting Started series on astrophotography can be applied to visual astronomy, and so starts this book.

My intention is to create a book aimed more at the how-to nuts and bolts of observational astronomy than most of the other books out there. I will concentrate on the equipment and procedures used. Feel free to let me know if there are any specific topics you would like to see covered.

Current status: Initial writing
Expected completion date: 3Q 2014
Expected availabilty: 3Q 2014

Current page count (includes unnumbered pages): 147
Current word count: 25,000 approx
Expected price: $16.99 US



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Re: Current status of the book Getting Started: Visual Astronomy

Post by AllanHall » Tue Apr 01, 2014 9:59 pm

We are moving right along and are on schedule. Ideas and suggestions are very welcome and appreciated. If there is something you want to make sure is covered, do not hesitate to let me know.

Current status: Initial writing
Expected completion date: 3Q 2014
Expected availabilty: 3Q 2014

Current page count (includes unnumbered pages): 198
Current word count: 35,000 approx
Expected price: $16.99 US

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Re: Current status of the book Getting Started: Visual Astronomy

Post by AllanHall » Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:12 pm

Things are looking quite good. With some of the charts I am researching to put in the book I am pretty sure this book will be in my bag when I leave for the dark site. I am making sure to include upcoming conjunctions, lunar & solar eclipses, and transits. If nothing else this book has been a lot of fun!

Current status: Initial writing
Expected completion date: 3Q 2014
Expected availabilty: 3Q 2014

Current page count (includes unnumbered pages): 254
Current word count: 44,000 approx
Expected price: $16.99 US

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Re: Current status of the book Getting Started: Visual Astronomy

Post by AllanHall » Thu May 08, 2014 8:18 am

I had a big burst of energy to pour into this book, and it was closer to being done than I thought. I guess I was so used to writing about astrophotography that when it came to visual I really over estimated what I needed to make the book what I wanted. Regardless, the book looks good and is in pretty good shape. I hope to finish the proofing in the next few days followed by ordering a printed proof to make sure things are OK. I would expect the book to be generally available in two to three weeks maximum with the Kindle version a few of weeks behind that.

I think you will find the book very interesting. It has quite a few charts showing celestial events through 2025, visual magnitude estimation charts and much more. This is the visual book I always wanted to have in my kit at the dark site and could never find. I hope it will be as useful to you!

Current status: Final proofing
Expected completion date: May 2014
Expected availability: Late May 2014

Current page count (includes unnumbered pages): 287
Current word count: 53,000 approx
Expected price: $16.99 US

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Re: Current status of the book Getting Started: Visual Astronomy

Post by AllanHall » Wed May 14, 2014 9:50 pm

Proofing went well and the book is live. It may take a couple of days to appear in general Amazon search results but it is available directly here:https://www.createspace.com/4779835

Enjoy!

Current status: Complete
Expected completion date: 05/14/2014
Expected availability: 05/14/2014

Current page count (includes unnumbered pages): 287
Current word count: 53,000 approx
Expected price: $16.99 US

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