Media praise for Astronomy Hacks
"The book contains 65 hacks--each a short article about a particular topic in amatuer observing. A wide range of topics is covered, from selecting equipment, to guidance on observing tactics, to software you can use to enhance your experience. Some of my favorite topics included selecting the right set of eyepieces for your scope, working your way through a single constellation to become more familiar with that particular piece of sky, tips for completing a successfule Messier marathon, and recommendations on how to get the best scope without breaking your bank. You'll find useful information regardless of whether you've got a lot or a little to spend."
-- , The BrainShed
"If you've ever wanted to learn astronomy as a hobby or as a serious amateur you'll find everything you need to get started and well along the path in this book...Astronomy Hacks is highly recommended to anyone interested in astronomy, and can move you from novice to advanced amateur."
-- , Midwest Book Review
The Expert's Edge
"The book's authors do a very good job at providing lots of detailed and useful information in each hack. The book is authoritative and its suggestions are backed by plenty of experience in the field. In addition to the technical nitty-gritty, the book also provides a good introduction to the culture of amatuer astronomy and will help you "ease-in" as you get acquainted with your local group of astronomy enthusiasts. Overall, the book provides heaps of practical information and tips that might take you years of experience to gain otherwise. The book repects its audience, there's no dumbing down here, just plenty of what's useful to help you get more of your time under the heavens. If there's one thing lacking from the book it's that there's only 65 hacks, whereas most of the Hacks series have 100. But nonetheless, what's there is very good. "
-- , The BrainShed
"If you're just starting out in observing, you probably won't need (or
understand) everything in the book, but as you learn, you're sure to glean
much help from this folksy, no-nonsense guide to stargazing."
Night Sky Magazine
"If you've ever wanted to learn astronomy as a hobby or as a serious amateur you'll find everything you need to get started and well along the path in this book."
Readers Preference Reviews
"In all, whether as a reference or as an introductory read, this book delivers. The background and justification for the hacks give sufficient information to believe in their value without overtaxing the brain. Neat hints, like keeping red pens away from night sites, help any observer from committing blunders. The table of contents and index simply and easily guide readers. While sketches, illustrations and photographs clarify many of the subtle points. There's even a note on the proper pronunciation of Greek letters. With simple prose copiously sprinkled with personal, humorous anecdotes, the reading is a pleasure Most of all it ably empowers you to take charge of your hobby and make the most of astronomical viewing."
--Fraser Cain, Slashdot, July 2005
"I almost view this as a guide to astronomy rather than a hacks book. If you were to buy a telescope for your child, this would be a good book to pick up as an accessory. Hacks such as #1 - Don't Give Up, #2 - Join an Astronomy Club, and #6 - Be Prepared are perfect for getting off on the right foot. If you know what to do early on, there's far less chance of disappointment. Perhaps you won't end up selling the telescope a year down the road as "only used twice"... Definitely a 'must have' book if you're a star-gazer or if you have inklings to take up the hobby."
--Thomas "Duffbert" Duff, Duffbert's Random Musings, July 2005