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    I am looking for an entry level Astronomy text, say what one would expect
    at 1st Year university or the Open University Astronomy course. Not just a
    glorified observers handbook. Any recommendations?

    I presently have a somewhat dated version (5th Edition, 1994) of
    Astronomy: The Cosmic Journey, by Hartmann and Impey. It is about the
    level I want but very dated regarding new planetary science from spacecaft
    over the past 14 years. Also the book is very American with its gooey
    rah-rah prose. Can anyone also recommend a good reference website which
    might contain more of the recent findings about planets?

    Larry Gagnon--
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    "Larry Gagnon" <> wrote in message

    For our evening course in astronomy at UCL (two years, part time,
    Certificate of Higher Education in Astronomy) we adopted Freedman and
    Kaufmann, Universe, 8th Ed (currently). This is at the level of a first
    year American university (non-calculus) course and gives good general
    backgrounds. We had examined a considerable number of other books and felt
    this was the right one for our course, though no book was perfect.
    Pasachoff, University Astronomy, is also quite good.

    If you want a UK first-year-level calculus-based text, suitable for a UK
    honours degree, please specify that.

    If you want a specialised book on the planets, is there a recent edition of
    The New Solar System? Also, Barrie Jones is at Open U. Does he have a
    recent or updated "planets" book available?

    The problem is, with so many new ideas and discoveries around, any book is
    bound to be out of date in some aspect before it sees print. Chapters on
    Mercury would be a case in point.

    Mike Dworetsky

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    In uk.sci.astronomy message <op.ujwwdyz7aiss39@localhost>, Fri, 31 Oct
    2008 16:19:00, Larry Gagnon <> posted:

    Did you try a search of Amazon, etc., for "Open University Astronomy
    course" without quotes?

    (c) John Stockton, nr London, UK. ? Turnpike v6.05 MIME.
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    Astro stuff via astron-1.htm, gravity0.htm ; quotings.htm, pascal.htm, etc.
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