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   New Astronomy books are released throughout the year. We thumb through the catalogs to find the best new and upcoming titles for skywatchers.
Jumbo Pocket Sky Atlas (JPSA)   Pocket Sky Atlas: Jumbo Edition -- New Edition Available for Pre-Order
by Roger Sinnott
136 pages, 2nd Edition, October 2019
Level: Intermediate
Size: 11.9 x 9 inches

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Description: Perfect for experienced stargazers and beginners alike, Sky & Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas will have you exploring the heavens in no time! Sky & Telescope's celestial atlases are the standard by which all other star atlases have been judged for a half century. They have raised the bar again with their new Pocket Sky Atlas -- Jumbo Edition. There has never been such a wonderfully detailed atlas so handy to take on trips and use at the telescope, thanks to its user-friendly size, convenient spiral-bound design, and easy-to-read labels. The charts show both constellation boundaries and stick figures to help you find your way.

What's new in the Second Edition: More information is expected by the end of August. It is speculated that star names will be updated to align with names reviewed and approved by the IAU in recent years. Also, from the cover art, the new edition includes...

  • Lists of nearest stars
  • Lists of carbon stars
Features:
  • More than 30,000 stars individually sized according to their relative brightness
  • 1,500 deep-sky objects color-coded by type, including 675 galaxies oriented as they appear in the sky
  • Labels even more legible in dim light
  • Spiral-bound with stiff and dew-resistant cover
  • This Jumbo Edition has 6 new close-up charts, for a total of 10, depicting high-interest star fields
New Close-Up Charts:
  • Big Dipper Bowl
  • Cone and Rosette
  • Lion's Tail
  • Scorpion's Tail
  • Sky near Deneb
  • Steam from Teapot
  An Anthology of Visual Double Stars -- Available for Pre-Order
by Bob Argyle, Andrew James and Mike Swan (illustrator)
486 pages, 1st Edition, October 2019
Level: All

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Description: Modern telescopes of even modest aperture can show thousands of double stars. Many are faint and unremarkable but hundreds are worth searching out. Veteran double-star observer Bob Argyle and his co-authors take a close-up look at their selection of 175 of the night sky's most interesting double and multiple stars. The history of each system is laid out from the original discovery to what we know at the present time about the stars.

Wide-field finder charts are presented for each system along with plots of the apparent orbits and predicted future positions for the orbital systems. Recent measurements of each system are included which will help you to decide whether they can be seen in your telescope, as well as giving advice on the aperture needed. Double star observers of all levels of experience will treasure the level of detail in this guide to these jewels of the night sky.

  • Gives detailed descriptions of double star systems, both northern and southern hemisphere, whereas most books provide only lists and tables
  • Includes extensive maps and finding charts, plotted by Mike Swan, so no additional star atlases are needed
  • Incorporates stellar distance measurements from the recently published Gaia Data Release 2 catalogue, where available
About the Authors:
Bob Argyle has observed double stars since 1966. He has been Director of the Webb Deep-Sky Society's Double Star Section since 1970. He edited Observing and Measuring Visual Double Stars (2012) and writes monthly columns on double stars for Astronomy Now and the Webb Society. He is a Fellow of Royal Astronomical Society, a Member of the International Astronomical Union and Editor of Observatory magazine.
Andrew James has been interested in double stars since the late 1970s. He is a long-term member, and past President, of the Astronomical Society of New South Wales (ASNSW), and formed its Double Star Section in 1979. His interests include the historical backgrounds and works of various discoverers of southern double stars.
Mike Swan worked for the Ordnance Survey in England. He has extensive experience in computer graphics and uranography and was solely responsible for the Webb Deep-Sky Society Star Atlas. He is currently completing a two part Atlas of Galactic Clusters. In this volume he produced the finder charts, the all-sky charts and orbital plots.
Star Maps by Nick Kanas   Star Maps -- New Edition Available for Pre-Order
History, Artistry, and Cartography

by Nick Kanas
540 pages, 3rd Edition, September 2019
Level: All

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Description: Explore the beauty and awe of the heavens through the rich celestial prints and star atlases offered in this third edition book. The author traces the development of celestial cartography from ancient to modern times, describes the relationships between different star maps and atlases, and relates these notions to our changing ideas about humanity's place in the universe. Also covered in this book are more contemporary cosmological ideas, constellation representations, and cartographic advances.

The text is enriched with 226 images (141 in color) from actual, antiquarian celestial books and atlases, each one with an explanation of unique astronomical and cartographic features. This never-before-available hardcover edition includes two new chapters on pictorial style maps and celestial images in art, as well over 50 new images. Additionally, the color plates are now incorporated directly into the text, providing readers with a vibrant, immersive look into the history of star maps.

Amazon.com Customer Comment: (1st Ed.) Star Maps is perhaps the most comprehensive book on astronomical cartography to be published in the last 50 years. It is an inch-thick mass of well-illustrated information and is worth its weight in gold just for the mini-biographies of astronomers spanning three millenia and four continents. Its content belies its very modest price. Star Maps will likely become the standard reference on astronomical cartography for many years to come. more»

  The Monthly Sky Guide
by Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion (illustrator)
80 pages, 10th Edition, July 2019
Level: All

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Description: A user-friendly companion for stargazers of all ages, this classic beginner's guide describes all the main sights of the night sky. The newly updated book contains a chapter for each month, describing prominent stars, constellations, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. Readers will discover when to watch meteor showers, when eclipses will occur, and how to follow the movements of the four brightest planets (Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn).

Most of the sights are visible to the naked eye, and all can be seen with binoculars or a small telescope. Sections on observing the moon and the planets include 50 easy-to-use maps that introduce the skies of the Northern Hemisphere and a comprehensive guide to observing the Moon.

Amazon.com Customer Comment: (9th Ed.) The book is organized by month, and then by type of object you are looking for. Very handy when planning a trip out to see the sights in the night sky.
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Cosmic Challenge by Phil Harrington   Cosmic Challenge
The Ultimate Observing List for Amateurs

by Philip S. Harrington
478 pages, July 2019
Level: All

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Description: Listing more than 500 sky targets, both near and far, in 187 challenges, this observing guide will test novice astronomers and advanced veterans alike. Its unique mix of Solar System and deep-sky targets will have observers hunting for the Apollo lunar landing sites, searching for satellites orbiting the outermost planets, and exploring hundreds of star clusters, nebulae, distant galaxies, and quasars.

Each target object is accompanied by a rating indicating how difficult the object is to find, an in-depth visual description, an illustration showing how the object realistically looks, and a detailed finder chart to help you find each challenge quickly and effectively. This guide introduces objects often overlooked in other observing guides and challenges are provided for the naked eye, through binoculars, to the largest backyard telescopes.

This latest edition has updated charts and data tables to challenge observers for many years to come.

About the Author: A lifelong amateur astronomer, Phil Harrington was bitten by the "astronomical bug" when he was assigned to watch the total lunar eclipse of April 1968 as a homework assignment. Since then, Phil has spent countless hours touring the universe through telescopes and binoculars. He is a former staff member of New York City's Hayden Planetarium and instructor at the Vanderbilt Planetarium in Centerport, New York. Phil is an adjunct professor at Suffolk County Community College, Selden, New York, where he teaches courses in stellar and planetary astronomy. He is also a contributing editor for Astronomy magazine, where he frequently reviews telescopes, binoculars, and other astronomical equipment, as well as the magazine's monthly "Binocular Universe" column.

Amazon.com Customer Comment: Harrington's book is attractive and very well organized. Following an introductory chapter about equipment and observing tips, he divides his cosmic challenges into categories based on instrument size, from naked-eye and binoculars to telescopes ranging from small to "monster" scopes. more»

Star Stories by Anita Ganeri and Andy Wilx   Star Stories
Constellation Tales From Around the World

by Anita Ganeri and Andy Wilx (illustrator)
96 pages, July 2019

Age Range: 8 to 11 years

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Description: Share the wonder of the stars with this delightful storybook collection featuring constellation myths from around the world.

For thousands of years people have looked up to the night sky and told stories about the stars. These epic tales tell of vengeful gods and goddesses, of monsters and heroes. Others try to make sense of the natural world, or unravel the mysterious forces of the universe. This stunning book brings together 23 of these legends from all over the world: from Ancient Greece to North America, Egypt, China, India, and the South Pacific. Written by award-winning author Anita Ganeri and with beautifully detailed artwork by illustrator Andy Wilx, this is a magical book to be treasured for generations to come.

Reviewer's Comment: This beautiful book brings together legends from around the world that relate to constellations. There are stories about Heracles, Pegasus, Taurus, The Big Dipper and Orion. Each is just a few pages long but had enough information to be interesting to both adults and children. The illustrations are striking, in predominantly gold and warm colours, some of them covering whole pages, and some dotted around the text, so there is plenty to catch the eye. more»

Constellations -- The Story of Space Told Through the 88 Known Star Patterns in the Night Sky by Govert Schilling   Constellations
The Story of Space Told Through the 88 Known Star Patterns in the Night Sky

by Govert Schilling and Wil Tirion (cartographer)
224 pages, June 2019
Level: All

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Description:Perfect for stargazers and armchair astronomers of all ages, Constellations is a beautifully illustrated, fascinating guide to all 88 constellations, including an illustrated star map for each. In Constellations, award-winning Astronomy writer Govert Schilling takes us on an unprecedented visual tour of all 88 constellations in our night sky. Much more than just a stargazer's guide, Constellations is complete history of Astronomy as told by Schilling through the lens of each constellation.

The book is organized alphabetically by constellation. Profiles of each constellation include basic information such as size, visibility, and number of stars, as well as information on the discovery and naming of the constellation and associated lore. Beyond details about the constellation itself is information about every astronomical event that took place or discovery made in the vicinity of the constellation. In the constellation of Cygnus (the Swan) we encounter the location of the first confirmed black hole. A stop at Gemini (the Twins) is a chance to say hello to the dwarf planet Pluto, and in Orion (the hunter) we find the location of the first identified gamma-ray burst.

Stunning star maps throughout the book by acclaimed star mapmaker Wil Tirion show us the exact location of every constellation, the details of its structure, as well as its surrounding astronomical neighbors.

About the Authors:
Govert Schilling is an award-winning astronomy writer whose work has appeared in New Scientist, Science, BBC Sky at Night Magazine. He is a contributing editor to Sky & Telescope and author of Deep Space: Beyond the Solar System to the Edge of the Universe and the Beginning of Time. He lives in the Netherlands.
Wil Tirion is an award-winning astro-cartographer (uranographer). His work has appeared in dozens of atlases, books, and magazines. He lives in the Netherlands.

  National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky
by Andrew Fazekas and Howard Schneider
288 pages, 2nd Edition, March 2019
Level: All

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Description: Explore the star-studded cosmos with this fully updated, user-friendly skywatcher's guide, filled with charts, graphics, photographs, and expert tips for viewing -- and understanding -- the wonders of space.

Stargazing's too much fun to leave to astronomers. In these inviting pages, "Night Sky Guy" Andrew Fazekas takes an expert but easygoing approach that will delight would-be astronomers of all levels. Essential information, organized logically, brings the solar system, stars, and planets to life in your own backyard. Start with the easiest constellations and then "star-hop" across the night sky to find others nearby. Learn about the dark side of the moon, how to pick Mars out of a planetary lineup, and which kinds of stars twinkle in your favorite constellations. Hands-on tips and techniques for observing with the naked eye, binoculars, or a telescope help make the most out of sightings and astronomical phenomena such as eclipses and meteor showers. Photographs and graphics present key facts in an easy-to-understand format, explaining heavenly phenomena such as black holes, solar flares, and supernovas. Revised to make skywatching even easier for the whole family, this indispensable guide shines light on the night sky--truly one of the greatest shows on Earth!

Amazon.com Customer Comment: I'm so happy with this book! All the other books I was searching seemed to either be children's books or textbooks for astronomers, but this one is the exact level I wanted.
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The Total Skywatcher's Manual by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific   The Total Skywatcher's Manual
275+ Skills and Tricks for Exploring Stars, Planets, and Beyond

by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
272 pages, February 2019
Level: Beginner

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Description: For stargazers, comet-spotters and planet-seekers looking to enhance your deep sky knowledge and observations -- this is your quintessential guide. The Total Skywatcher's Manual will help you choose the best telescope, identify constellations and objects in the night sky, search for extraterrestrial phenomena, plan star parties, capture beautiful space imagery and much more. With high-quality design, intricate detail, and a durable flexicover -- this manual is the perfect gift!

With fully illustrated star charts, gorgeous astrophotography and step-by-step project instruction, this family friendly book is the only guide you'll ever need to navigate the nightsky. Learn about the phases of the moon, how to conduct your own deep-sky observations, how the universe is expanding, our search for life on other planets, meteors vs. meteorites, sunspots and solar flares, best eclipse-viewing techniques -- everything you need to know to appreciate the wonder of our universe.

Based in San Francisco, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific has a 125-year history of providing resources, tools, and information to astronomy enthusiasts, including amateur astronomers, families, and science educators (K-16). Join the ASP on this journey through the nightsky and beyond.

Amazon.com Customer Comment: I have looked at every page, and what a great assortment of tips and techniques, of how-tos and actually useful information -- all accompanied by detailed drawings, photos, and illustrations. This is truly a one-size-fits-all manual on how to skywatch. more»

Celestial Atlas -- A Journey in the Sky Through Maps by Elena Percivaldi   Celestial Atlas
A Journey in the Sky Through Maps

by Elena Percivaldi
208 pages, 1st Edition, January 2019
Level: All

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Description: Since the time of the ancient Egyptians and Babylonians, the observation, study and representation of the night sky has been a challenge for humans, who have always found themselves both astonished at the sight of the vault of the sky illuminated by the stars, and eager to gain scientific knowledge and understanding of what they are observing.

This volume, with splendid illustrations of the most famous, rare and impressive star atlases ever realized from the 16th century to the 19th century, will lead you on a journey among the constellations and will introduce you to the progress made by the great astronomers of the past, the more or less fantastic interpretations of celestial phenomena, and the evolution of the knowledge of the universe gained by those who made the study of the cosmos the very purpose of their lives. You will discover how in many cases art and scientific knowledge merged in such an exceptional manner, resulting in star maps that are true masterpieces of human genius that even now, centuries after their creation, transmit the extraordinary meaning and message that lie at the basis of their conception.

Amazon.com Customer Comment: Beautiful Star Maps. I am an amateur astronomer and love antique star charts. This book is 205 pages worth of beautiful antique star maps. It is also a historical account of the origins of sky maps from 1540 to 1833. This book is great for astronomers, historians, and anyone who loves art. more»

Turn Left at Orion   Turn Left at Orion
Hundreds of Night Sky Objects to See in a Home Telescope and How to Find Them

by Guy Consolmagno and Dan M. Davis
256 pages, 600 b/w illus., 20 tables, 5th Edition, January 2019
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

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Turn Left at Orion is widely regarded as the single best guide for the beginner with a new telescope. Using bright stars in the sky, Turn Left at Orion will guide the new telescope owner to dozens of interesting objects even if they don't know the constellations. Contains easy to use finder charts and illustrations that show what the objects actually look like through a telescope. A clear and very readable text.

Description: With over 150,000 copies sold since first publication, this is one of the most popular astronomy books of all time. It is a unique guidebook to the night sky, providing all the information you need to observe a whole host of celestial objects. With a new spiral binding, this edition is even easier to use outdoors at the telescope and is the ideal beginner's book. Keeping its distinct one-object-per-spread format, this edition is also designed for Dobsonian telescopes, as well as for smaller reflectors and refractors, and covers Southern hemisphere objects in more detail. Large-format eyepiece views, positioned side-by-side, show objects exactly as they are seen through a telescope, and with improved directions, updated tables of astronomical information and an expanded night-by-night Moon section, it has never been easier to explore the night sky on your own.

New in the 5th Edition:

  • Links to a dedicated webpage with up-to-date tables and images.
  • Updated star names and astronomical information.
  • Chapter on planets has been rewritten to include pages for Uranus, Neptune, asteroids and comets.
  • New section has been added on observing solar eclipses
About the Author: Guy Consolmagno is the Director of the Vatican Observatory, Vatican City. He is the author of over 200 scientific publications, primarily on meteorite and asteroid properties. The International Astronomical Union named asteroid 4597 Consolmagno in recognition of his work, and in 2014 he won the Carl Sagan Medal for public outreach from the American Astronomical Society.

Amazon.com Customer Comment: If you are even contemplating the hobby, buy this book. Spiral binding gives huge, easy-to-reference diagrams and descriptions for those who have never looked down a scope. I own a dobsonian 8" and can confirm the sketches as dead-on for what you can expect to see. Painfully easy to use. more»

Seeing Stars -A Complete Guide to the 88 Constellations by Sara Gillingham   Seeing Stars
A Complete Guide to the 88 Constellations

by Sara Gillingham
216 pages, November 2018

Age Range: 8 to 11 years

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Description: A graphically stunning, comprehensive introduction to the constellations. This artful and accessible introduction to constellations equips readers with the information they need to locate, name, and explain all 88 internationally recognized constellations. Each cluster of stars is featured alongside the "story" (mythological or historical) behind its naming, tips on how to find it, what times of year it is visible, and key stars and asterisms within its grouping.

Complete with star maps and a glossary, this keepsake volume of visual reference and beauty is perfect for inquisitive young stargazers. Colors are brighter than they appear -- printed in pure Pantones. Book jacket features foil stamping and laser-cut pinholes.

Amazon.com Customer Comment: Absolutely beautiful book. Bought this to introduce my granddaughter to the constellations. Could not imagine a better choice. And at this price, one for her house, one for mine. Thank you!! more»

Astronomy for Kids by Bruce Betts   Astronomy for Kids
How to Explore Outer Space with Binoculars, a Telescope, or Just Your Eyes!

by Dr Bruce Betts
168 pages, November 2018
Highly Recommended

Age Range: 7 to 13 years

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Description: "No matter how many times you've orbited the Sun, Astronomy for Kids is really for kids of all ages. Dr. Betts shows you how to become an astronomer -- an observer of the stars. With this book, you can know the cosmos and your place within it. Read on, walk out, and look up!" -- Bill Nye, science educator, author, and CEO of The Planetary Society.

One of the coolest things about outer space is that anyone can explore it. All you have to do is go outside and look up! Using plain sight, binoculars, or a small telescope, Astronomy for Kids shows stargazers how easy it is to explore space, just by stepping outside.

With this book as their guide to the northern hemisphere, kids will learn to find and name amazing objects in the night sky. Fully illustrated with fun facts throughout, kids can point out sights to friends and family, saying things like, "that's Jupiter," and, "those stars are the constellation Cygnus the Swan," and maybe even, "that group of stars doesn't have a name but I think it looks like my dog getting belly rubs."

From the Milky Way Galaxy to Mars to the Moon's craters and mountains -- Astronomy for Kids helps young astronomers discover important parts of our solar system, with:

  • 30 sights for the naked eye (yes, 30!) objects to see without any equipment, including Orion's Belt, the Big Dipper, Mars, and even the International Space Station.
  • 25 sights magnified with binoculars or a basic telescope to make objects in the sky easier to find and explore. Plus, buying tips and usage tricks to get the most out of astronomy equipment.
  • Clear illustrations that show kids where to look and what they can expect to see.
  • Like all big things, outer space is something you have to see to believe. Astronomy for Kids teaches kids that planets, shooting stars, constellations, and meteor showers are not only in books?but right above them.

    Amazon.com Customer Comment: I bought this for my niece for her 6th birthday and she absolutely loves it. She regularly has her 9 year old brother go through the book with her. Very well written and easy to understand for young kids. more»

    Star Tales by Ian Ridpath   Star Tales
    Expanded Edition

    by Ian Ridpath
    160 pages, September 2018
    Level: All

    Highly Recommended

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    Description: Every night, a pageant of Greek mythology circles overhead. Perseus flies to the rescue of Andromeda, Orion faces the charge of the snorting Bull, and the ship of the Argonauts sails in search of the Golden Fleece. Constellations are the invention of the human imagination, not of nature. They are an expression of the human desire to impress its own order upon the apparent chaos of the night sky. Modern science tells us that these twinkling points of light are glowing balls of gas, but the ancient Greeks, to whom we owe many of our constellations, knew nothing of this.

    Ian Ridpath, well-known astronomy writer and broadcaster, has been intrigued by the myths of the stars for many years. Star Tales is the first modern guide to combine all the fascinating myths in one book, illustrated with the beautiful and evocative engravings from two of the leading star atlases: Johann Bode's Uranographia of 1801 and John Flamsteed's Atlas Ceolestis of 1729. This is an excellent reference and the perfect gift for the armchair astronomer and those interested in classical mythology alike.

    Amazon.com Customer Comment: I have read this book five times already, it is that amazing! It is a must for any amateur astronomer, as it will be one of the most satisfying reads in your career! more»

    Ancient Skies by David Weston Marshall   Ancient Skies
    Constellation Mythology of the Greeks

    by David Weston Marshall
    272 pages, August 2018
    Level: All

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    Description: Look to the sky and see the stories in the stars.

    The stars and constellations are among the few remaining objects that appear to us just as they appeared to our distant ancestors. From anywhere on Earth, a person may view the celestial panorama simply by stepping outside at night and gazing upward.

    This non-fiction narrative presents the tales of the forty-eight classical constellations, compiled from literature spanning a thousand years from Homer (c. 800 BC) to Claudius Ptolemy (c. 150 AD). These age-old tales have captured the human imagination from ancient times to the present, and through them we can examine the early practical astronomy, philosophical speculation on the cosmos, and fundamental moral beliefs of much of Western civilization.

    Illustrations and star charts carefully reconstructed from ancient sources lend a visual element and immerse the reader in the world of ancient cosmology and constellation mapping. Through Marshall's research and storytelling, Ancient Skies brings the belief systems of the classical world to shining life. Includes 75 b&w illustrations.

    About the Author: David W. Marshall, PhD, is a historian and archivist on the faculty of Texas Tech University, with 34 years of experience as a researcher, instructor, professor and archivist. He is the author of Mountain Man: John Colter, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and the Call of the American West (Countryman Press, 2016). He lives in Lorenzo, Texas.

    Written in the Stars -- Constellations, Facts and Folklore by Alison Davies   Written in the Stars
    Constellations, Facts and Folklore

    by Alison Davies and Jesus Sotes Vicente (illustrator)
    208 pages, August 2018
    Level: All

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    Description: For anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and longed to know more about the constellations that inhabit it then this is the perfect guide to discovering the stars. Written in the Stars will lead you through the heavens above as you discover the scientific facts, legends, and myths that surround the 88 constellations of the Northern and Southern hemispheres.

    Uncover the patterns in the stars through the richly illustrated pages of this charming book as each entry brings each constellation to life in the magical artwork of this book. Beautifully packaged, stars are included throughout along with key information of where to spot each constellation in the night sky to help you to identify the celestial bodies above us. Visually stunning, Written in the Stars captures the beauty of the stars and is the perfect gift for novice stargazers and armchair astronomers alike.

    Amazon.com Customer Comment: I've been on the lookout for a book that catalogues the constellations a little more compehensively than just your average book of Greek myths, and this volume fills that void admirably. more»

      50 Things to See with a Telescope
    A Young Stargazer's Guide

    by John A. Read
    72 pages, August 2018
    Level: Beginner

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    Description: This book explains everything needed to jumpstart a journey in Astronomy. Readers will learn how to identify constellations, planets, stars, galaxies, nebulae and more. Inquisitive stargazers will find planet hunting and star hopping easy with clearly plotted routes. Colorful images of the sky both as seen by the naked eye and detailed views from a telescope will aid in exploration. Many fascinating cosmic objects can be easily spotted with the help of this book including beautiful Cassiopeia, regal Leo, the plentiful Kemble's Cascade, the explosive Crab Nebula, and the rings of Saturn!

    This easy to read, illustrated reference book will enrich every young person's experience of the skies above.

    About the Author: John A. Read volunteered at hundreds of stargazing events as a member of the Mount Diablo Astronomical Society in California, teaching people of all ages how to use a telescope and find objects in the sky. John is a telescope at the Burke-Gaffney Observatory and a board member at the Halifax Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    Amazon.com Customer Comment: This book was our savior: it's simple and objective, with the essential information for a beginner to perform their first steps stargazing. The perfect companion for our first telescope. more»

      2019 Guide to the Night Sky
    A Month-by-month Guide to Exploring the Skies Above North America

    by Storm Dunlop and Wil Tirion
    96 pages, September 2018
    Level: All

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  • Description: For many years, Firefly Books has published Guide to the Night Sky annuals that cover events to occur the upcoming year in North America's night sky. This year's edition provides all of the guidance, information and data an amateur astronomer needs to view the sky over the course of the coming year and not miss a thing. It is a compact and comprehensive introduction to astronomy and the equipment needed, while sky watchers with more experience can use the book as a calendar reference for all of 2019.

    Using the charts and maps and following the accessible text, sky watchers can enjoy viewing the night sky with nothing more complicated than a pair of binoculars or the naked eye. The maps are centered on latitude 40 degrees North helping backyard astronomers in the United States and Canada see how visible stars change over the year, and ensure that they catch the exciting sky events that occur. In addition to the month-by-month guides, the book includes an introduction to the planets, the moon and the sky, and comprehensive back matter. The book's small and light format makes it the ideal portable reference for backyard viewing.

    The 2019 Guide to the Night Sky is a fabulous introduction for new astronomers and sky watchers who don't want to miss a thing.

    Amazon.com Customer Comment (2018 Edition): With 2018 Guide to the Night Sky, amateur astronomers can view the sky over the course of a year and not miss a thing. It is also a compact and comprehensive introduction to astronomy... The small and light format makes this book the ideal portable reference. more»

      100 Things to See in the Southern Night Sky
    From Planets and Satellites to Meteors and Constellations, Your Guide to Stargazing

    by Dean Regas
    224 pages, June 2018
    Level: Beginner

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    Description: A handy field guide for the optimum stargazing experience, whether you're travelling, camping, or in your own backyard!

    The night sky is full of amazing things to see, from shooting stars and constellations, to planets and satellites, but it can be hard to tell what you're seeing, or where to look for the best view. 100 Things to See in the Southern Night Sky lets you know what you can expect to see on any given night, whether you're using a small telescope, or just your naked eye.

    100 Things to See in the Southern Night Sky -- especially for those south of the equator -- includes background information on the makeup, appearance, and history of each celestial object, along with easy-to-follow instructions on the best way to catch a glimpse of these cosmic glories. With this helpful guide you'll have the world on a string -- or more precisely, the sky in your hands.

    About the Author: Dean Regas has been the astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory since 2000 and the cohost of the syndicated astronomy program Star Gazers since 2010. He is a contributing editor to Sky and Telescope magazine and a contributor to Astronomy magazine, where he won the 2008 "Out-of-this-World" Award for astronomy education. Dean has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio's Science Friday with Ira Flatow, and this year he began an astronomy podcast with Anna Hehman called "Looking Up!"

      See It with a Small Telescope
    101 Cosmic Wonders including Planets, Moons, Comets, Galaxies, Nebulae, Star Clusters and More

    by Will Kalif
    256 pages, December 2017
    Level: Beginner

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    Description: It doesn't take an astronomy degree to feel like an astronaut and explore space with a small telescope. See It with a Small Telescope takes the mystery and struggle out of exploring the unknown and discovering new worlds! With hands-on tips and tricks, this book offers a complete guide to unleashing the full power of a small telescope and going beyond the basics.

    Without technical jargon and complicated star charts, this book offers step-by-step instructions and easy-to-use illustrations for finding over 100 celestial objects in the night's sky, including:

  • Saturn's Rings
  • Jupiter's Moons
  • The Orion Nebula
  • The Andromeda Galaxy
  • Polaris Double Star
  • Pegasus Globular Cluster
  • Apollo 11 Site
  • and more...
  • Author's Comments: This book was a work of joy for me. I have loved telescopes and astronomy for my whole life since I received my very first small telescope as a teenager. With this book I hope to share that passion and enthusiasm with you. There are lots of wonderful things to see in the night sky and in this book I show you 101 of them!

    Amazon.com Customer Comment: This should be advertised as a package deal with any smaller telescope, because this book completely changed how I experience my small telescope! more»

      100 Things to See in the Night Sky
    From Planets and Satellites to Meteors and Constellations, Your Guide to Stargazing

    by Dean Regas
    224 pages, November 2017
    Level: Beginner

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    Description: A handy field guide for the best stargazing experience whether in your own backyard, camping, or travelling -- including information showing you which planets, constellations, stars, and manmade objects you can see with a telescope, or just your naked eye!

    The night sky is full of amazing things to see -- from shooting stars and constellations to planets and satellites -- but it can be hard to tell what you're seeing, or where to look for the best view. 100 Things to See in the Night Sky gives you a clear picture of what you can see on any given night, either using a small telescope, or just your naked eye.

    Each object is presented as a separate entry, with background information on the makeup, appearance, and history of the object, along with easy-to-follow instructions on how to find it. For astronomy and space fans of all ages, this guide helps you explore the galaxy and see the star -- while keeping your feet on the ground.

    About the Author: Dean Regas has been the astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory since 2000 and the cohost of the syndicated astronomy program Star Gazers since 2010. He is a contributing editor to Sky and Telescope magazine and a contributor to Astronomy magazine, where he won the 2008 "Out-of-this-World" Award for astronomy education. Dean has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio's Science Friday with Ira Flatow, and this year he began an astronomy podcast with Anna Hehman called "Looking Up!"

    Amazon.com Customer Comment: I just started reading this book and it is great. Very informative, easy to read and hard to put down. more»

      Star and Planets
    The Most Complete Guide to the Stars, Planets, Galaxies, and Solar System

    by Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion
    400 pages, October 2017
    Level: All

    Highly Recommended

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    Description: In this newly updated and expanded edition of their classic work, Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion illuminate the night sky as never before, providing novice stargazers and professional astronomers alike with the most informative, user-friendly, comprehensive, and authoritative celestial field guide available. The product of a thirty-year collaboration between one of the world's leading astronomy writers and the world's foremost celestial mapmaker, Stars and Planets features superb color sky charts, diagrams, or photographs on almost every page; clear and engaging writing; a spacious and attractive design; and a compact size.

    This updated edition features the latest information on stars, a revised section on planets that incorporates recent research on exoplanets, and some revised charts and new photographs. Simply put, Stars and Planets is indispensable. Don't leave home -- at night -- without it.

  • Detailed charts covering all 88 constellations in the Northern and Southern hemispheres
  • Data and notes on all bright stars and other objects of interest
  • Detailed Moon maps and descriptions of the main lunar features
  • Tips on choosing and using binoculars and telescopes, to suit any budget
  • The only guide to provide annual planetary data as a downloadable online resource
  • Updates include the latest data on stars and exoplanets and some revised charts and new photos
  • Amazon.com Customer Comment: I bought this book for an astronomy class but I'm definitely keeping it even after the class is over. Has very useful information and star charts. more»

    Star Finder! A Step-By-Step-Guide to the Niht Sky by DK Publishing   Star Finder!
    A Step-by-Step Guide to the Night Sky

    by DK Publishing
    128 pages, October 2017

    Age Range: 8 to 12 years

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    Description: From Orion to the Pleiades and Cassiopeia to Aries, this simple guide to star-hopping will takes kids on an exciting journey around the night sky's most famous constellations.

    Budding astronomers will love this stunning, new approach to stargazing, featuring step-by-step guides to identifying more than 20 constellations across the northern hemisphere, and making the night sky easier to navigate than ever before. From the constellations of the Zodiac to our very own Milky Way, kids can learn the learn the fascinating stories behind each constellation and learn to spot some of the stunning planets, galaxies, and nebulas in our universe. Four paths across the sky will lead readers from one constellation to the next, gradually building upon their knowledge.

    StarFinder! comes complete with a glow-in-the dark star finder, perfect for budding stargazers to practice their new knowledge under the night sky.

    Amazon.com Customer Comment: From the product description it sounds like it was meant for younger readers, but it is perfect for nerds of any age who would like a practical guide to locating constellations. more»

    What We See in the Stars by Kelsey Oseid   What We See in the Stars
    An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky

    by Kelsey Oseid
    160 pages, 1st Edition, September 2017
    Level: Beginner

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    Description: A richly illustrated guide to the myths, histories, and science of the celestial bodies of our solar system, with stories and information about constellations, planets, comets, the northern lights, and more.

    Combining art, mythology, and science, What We See in the Stars gives readers a tour of the night sky through more than 100 magical pieces of original art, all accompanied by text that weaves related legends and lore with scientific facts. This beautifully packaged book covers the night sky's most brilliant features -- such as the constellations, the moon, the bright stars, and the visible planets -- as well as less familiar celestial phenomena like the outer planets, nebulae, and deep space. Adults seeking to recapture the magic of youthful stargazing, younger readers interested in learning about natural history and outer space, and those who appreciate beautiful, hand-painted art will all delight in this charming book.

    Amazon.com Customer Comment: Extremely beautiful artwork and great, simple explanations of interesting and complicated astro topics. It's a real joy to read and we can't wait to give copies as gifts to our friends. Get the hard copy! more»

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