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  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»

      50 Targets for the Mid-Sized Telescope
    by John A. Read
    68 pages, March 2017
    Level: Beginner

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    Description: Written as a follow up to 50 Things to See with a Small Telescope, containing virtually no overlap in content, 50 Targets for the Mid-Sized Telescope introduces the beginner stargazer to a new assortment of astronomical wonders. With easy to follow star maps, unique for each target, the budding astronomer will explore the universe like never before.

    Each target has been carefully chosen to be observable in telescopes with apertures between four and eight inches. Most objects can be viewed from the suburbs in mildly light polluted conditions, with only a few noted exceptions requiring darker skies. On dark, moonless nights, most targets will be visible in small telescopes and binoculars too.

    Amazon.com Customer Comment: Very nice book . I keep it with my telescope. When I use the scope it is very handy and helpful. more»

    The Stars by Hans Augusto Rey   The Stars
    A New Way to See Them

    by Hans Augusto Rey
    160 pages, December 2016
    Level: Beginner

    Highly Recommended

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    A classic! Widely recognized as one of the best books for learning the constellations. Written in a unique, simple style that is suitable for young and older stargazers alike. Contains many wonderful illustrations to help teach the novice stargazer about the night sky. Also contains a collection of simple star charts for year round use.

    This updated version includes revised facts and figures for planets, and new scientific information has been added. Charts indicate planet locations through the year 2026 and a website for finding locations well into the twenty-first century has been provided.

    Amazon.com Customer Comment: This is my all-time favorite book from my youth. I have many, many memories of me and my dad spending hours up on the roof at night, looking at this book through our red-painted flashlight, naming the stars and tracing the constellations. more»

    Find the Constellations by Hans Augusto Rey   Find the Constellations
    A New Way to See Them

    by Hans Augusto Rey
    72 pages, December 2016
    Level: Beginner

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    A delightfully illustrated, informative beginner's guide to locating and identifying constellations in the northern hemisphere, with an extensive index, glossary, and time table for sky viewing. A truly wonderful book for an individual or family to own.

    This updated version includes quizzes, timetables, a sky chart, and chapters on the solar system and space travel. The sections on the solar system, including information on dwarf planets, have been revised, and the planet finder chart includes locations through the year 2026. Plus, a new online planet locator to help find the exact positions of all the planets through 2100!

    Amazon.com Customer Comment: The only book to learn the constellations. No other book will ever come close! As a Second mate, this book was invaluable as all the major navigational stars are shown in a very fun way. The illustrations are unmatched especially the little figure who points out the major details. more»

      Sun Moon Earth
    The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets

    by Tyler Nordgren
    264 pages, 1st Edition, September 2016
    Level: All

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    Description: On August 21, 2017, more than ten million Americans will experience an awe-inspiring phenomenon: the first total eclipse of the sun in America in almost forty years. In Sun Moon Earth, astronomer Tyler Nordgren illustrates how this most seemingly unnatural of natural phenomena was transformed from a fearsome omen to a tourist attraction. From the astrologers of ancient China and Babylon to the high priests of the Maya, Sun Moon Earth takes us around the world to show how different cultures interpreted these dramatic events. Greek philosophers discovered eclipses' cause and used them to measure their world and the cosmos beyond. Victorian-era scientists mounted eclipse expeditions during the age of globe-spanning empires. And modern-day physicists continue to use eclipses to confirm Einstein's theory of relativity.

    Beautifully illustrated and lyrically written, Sun Moon Earth is the ideal guide for all eclipse watchers and star gazers alike.

    Amazon.com Customer Comment: What a marvelous book! Sun Moon Earth explores how eclipses have influenced mythology, religion, and science from prehistory to modern times. As an eclipse chaser myself, I appreciate the way Tyler Nordgren vividly conveys the thrill of totality. Far more than a book about astronomy, this is an eloquent and intelligent examination of the scientific method and the march of human knowledge, as told through the story of eclipses. more»

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