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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
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»
  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»

      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 Things to see with a Small Telescope   50 Things To See With A Small Telescope
    by John A. Read
    72 pages, 1st Edition, May 2013. Revised in 2016.
    Level: Beginner

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    Description: People love this book! Revised in 2016, 50 Things to See with a Small Telescope highlights the must-see objects observed at stargazing events all over the Northern Hemisphere. (Now also available in a Southern Hemisphere Edition.) People of all ages frequently ask, "How did you find that so quickly?" Well, this book will explain just that! The planets in our solar system, the International Space Station, sunspots, birds, nebula, airplanes, and comets are just some of the items that his book will help you find!

    If you have been having difficulties enjoying your small telescope, this book is for you. There is something interesting about pretty much everything in outer space and it is exciting how many pop-culture references are derived from things in the night sky! Viewing the stars referenced in Star Trek, or talking about a character in Harry Potter named after a constellation, is just another way to make stargazing that much more fun!

    I am very excited to share my knowledge of astronomy and I am sure you will enjoy this book for years to come. By working through the 50 items in this book you will achieve a well-rounded understanding of amateur astronomy.

    Amazon.com Customer Comment: This book is perfect for somebody with little to no prior knowledge of astronomy. It's written in a short and simple to understand format and is very realistic for the first time telescope user. 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.

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      The Monthly Sky Guide
    by Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion (illustrator)
    Highly Recommended

    72 pages, 9th Edition, December 2012
    Level: Beginner

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    Description: The ninth edition of Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion's famous guide to the night sky is updated with planet positions and forthcoming eclipses to the end of the year 2017. It contains twelve chapters describing the main sights visible in each month of the year, providing an easy-to-use companion for anyone wanting to identify prominent stars, constellations, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies; to watch out for meteor showers ('shooting stars'); or to follow the movements of the four brightest planets, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Most of the sights described are visible to the naked eye and all are within reach of binoculars or a small telescope. This revised and updated edition includes sections on observing the Moon and the planets, with a comprehensive Moon map. The Monthly Sky Guide offers a clear and simple introduction to the skies of the northern hemisphere for beginners of all ages.

    Amazon.com Customer Comment: This guide is great to quickly get at what you need for backyard viewing. It is made for beginners and is very simple to use. I would recommend it for any beginner as well.
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      Deep Sky Companions: The Secret Deep
    by Stephen James O'Meara (author) and Mario Motta (photographer)
    498 pages, July 2011
    Level: Intermediate to Advanced

    Description: In this fresh list, Stephen James O'Meara presents 109 new objects for stargazers to observe. The Secret Deep list contains many exceptional objects, including a planetary nebula whose last thermal pulse produced a circumstellar shell similar to the one expected in the final days of our Sun's life; a piece of the only supernova remnant known visible to the unaided eye; the flattest galaxy known; the largest edge-on galaxy in the heavens; the brightest quasar; and the companion star to one of the first black hole candidates ever discovered. Each object is accompanied by beautiful photographs and sketches, original finder charts, visual histories and up-to-date astrophysical information to enrich the observing experience. Featuring galaxies, clusters and nebulae not covered in other Deep-Sky Companions books, this is a wonderful addition to the series and an essential guide for any deep-sky observer.

    Features:

    • A fresh, new list of 109 deep-sky gazing challenges not previously featured in the Deep-Sky Companions series.
    • Features many amazing objects, including the flattest galaxy known and the companion star to one of the first black hole candidates ever discovered.
    • Filled with beautiful photographs and sketches and O'Meara's original finder charts and directions to finding the objects.

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      Cosmic Challenge
    The Ultimate Observing List for Amateurs

    by Philip S. Harrington
    488 pages, November 2010
    Level: All

    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. The guide introduces objects often overlooked in other observing guides and features targets visible in a variety of conditions, from the inner city to the dark countryside. Challenges are provided for the naked eye, through binoculars and the largest backyard telescopes.

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      Atlas of the Messier Objects
    Highlights of the Deep Sky

    by Ronald Stoyan, Stephan Binnewies, Susanne Friedrich and Klaus-Peter Schrodeder (translator)
    370 pages, October 2008
    Level: All

    Description: The 110 star clusters, nebulae and galaxies of Messier's famous catalog are among the most popular of all the deep sky objects and are beautiful targets for amateur observers of all abilities. This stunning new atlas presents a complete and lively account of all of the Messier objects. Details for each object include a thoroughly researched history of its discovery, historical observations and anecdotes, the latest scientific data detailing its astrophysical findings, and descriptions for observers to view the objects, be it with the naked eye or a large telescope. This atlas has some of the world's finest color astrophotos, labeled photos pointing to hidden details and neighboring objects, as well as historical sketches by well-known figures alongside new deep sky drawings. Quite simply, this is THE most far-reaching and beautiful reference on the Messier objects there has ever been, and one that no observer should be without!

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      Stephen James O'Meara's
    Observing the Night Sky with Binoculars
    A Simple Guide to the Heavens

    by Stephen James O'Meara
    168 pages, October 2008
    Level: All

    Description: Month by month, star by star, object by object, Stephen James O'Meara takes readers on a celestial journey to many of the most prominent stars and constellations visible from mid-northern latitudes. Filled with interesting anecdotes about the stars and constellations and their intriguing histories, this book is both a useful guide for amateur astronomers, and a great first-time reference for those just starting out. After describing a constellation's mythology, readers are guided in locating and identifying its brightest stars in the sky, as well as any other bright targets of interest -- colorful stars, double or multiple stars, star clusters and asterisms, nebulae, galaxies, variable stars, and more.

    This book will help beginning stargazers become familiar with the stars and constellations visible from their backyards, and explore the brightest and best stars, nebulae, and clusters visible through inexpensive, handheld binoculars.

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      Binocular Highlights
    99 Celestial Sights for Binocular Users

    by Gary Seronik
    104 pages, March 2007
    Level: Beginner to Intermediate

    Description: Exploring the wonders of the cosmos doesn't require expensive and complicated equipment -- the moons of Jupiter, breathtaking nebulae, and distant galaxies are all visible through binoculars. Binocular Highlights is a tour of 96 different celestial sights from softly glowing clouds of gas and dust to unusual stars, clumps of stars, and vast star cities (galaxies) -- all visible in binoculars. Each object is plotted on a detailed, easy-to-use star map, and most of these sights can be found even in a light-polluted sky. Also included are four seasonal all-sky charts that help locate each highlight.

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      Double Stars for Small Telescopes
    More Than 2,100 Stellar Gems for Backyard Observers

    by Sissy Haas
    180 pages, 1st Edition, April 2006
    Level: Intermediate to Advanced

    Description: This annotated catalog, compiled by one of today's most experienced double-star observers, is as user-friendly as it is comprehensive! More than 2,100 of the sky's most alluring double and multiple stars are listed with coordinates, brightnesses, colors, and informative commentaries. Make it an essential part of your astronomy library.

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      Celestial Sampler
    60 Small-Scope Tours for Starlit Nights

    by Sue French
    169 pages, November 2005
    Level: Beginner to Intermediate

    Description: So you have a small telescope, and you'd like to know what you can see with it? Enough to keep you busy for a lifetime. This compilation of all 60 of Sue French's Small-Scope Sampler columns from Sky & Telescope will get you started on the journey and introduce you to a wealth of deep-sky wonders that will entertain you for years to come. Most of the objects presented in this book are visible in a 4-inch telescope under a moderately dark sky. They include variable and multiple stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies for every month of the year.

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      Stars and Planets
    by Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion
    480 pages, 3rd Edition, May 2001
    Level: Beginner to Intermediate

    Highly Recommended

    Book Description: In this new edition of their classic guide, Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion bring the night sky down to earth with brand new sky charts, diagrams, and photos that enrich the clear, engaging text. Stars and Planets will delight both latent astronomers who have yet to touch a telescope and the more star-savvy who have spent many a night outside craning their necks behind a lens. The introduction presents the basics of astronomical observation while answering such questions as: How did constellations come to be? Do the stars within them have anything to do with one another? Do stars really flicker? Next comes the book's centerpiece: an excellent series of maps of the night sky from hemisphere to hemisphere, month to month and, above all, charts showing all 88 constellations, including some 5,000 stars (Sample Pages). The text vividly relates the human history behind each constellation and notes their most prominent stars while offering sundry stimulating facts.

    The second section focuses on the astrophysics behind stars, galaxies, the sun, the planets, comets and meteors, and more. Striking full-color photos, maps, and illustrations appear on almost every page. The guide concludes with helpful tips on the optical tools of the trade and on astrophotography. Astrophysicists and amateur skywatchers agree that Stars and Planets is simply the most user-friendly, compact source of celestial information available. No one should leave home at night without it.

    • Up-to-date full-color photos and data, including recent planetary images
    • Monthly maps of the night sky as seen from latitudes throughout the world
    • Charts of all 88 constellations, with data and notes on bright stars and other objects of interest
    • Illustrated introduction to stars, nebulae, galaxies, and the solar system
    • Advice on choosing and using binoculars and telescopes

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      A Field Guide to the Stars and Planets
    by Jay M. Pasachoff
    582 pages, 4th Edition, November 1999
    Level: Intermediate

    Completely revised, this compact pocket-size field guide (4-1/2 by 7-1/4 inches) is a fact and picture filled reference for amateur astronomers of any level of experience. This edition has been updated with the latest information from NASA, the European Space Agency, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and other sources. It contains more than 230 photographs (most in color) and many great diagrams.

    There is also viewing information on solar eclipses, meteor showers, planet positions, and Moon phases -- all valid through the year 2010. The revised edition offers 8 Moon maps, 52 detailed color star charts covering the entire sky (chart scale of 6mm per degree), stars to magnitude 7.5, and 24 monthly sky maps for observers in both hemispheres. A very handy field guide and reference whether using binoculars or a telescope.

    CAUTION: Do not buy secondhand versions of this book. The initial printing of the 4th edition had galaxy symbols plotted in red that made them invisible under red illumination. The mistake was corrected in subsequent printings of the 4th edition.

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    Sky & Telescope Review: February 2001 p.86-87

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      National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Night Sky
    by Mark R. Chartrand
    714 pages, November 1991
    Level: Beginner to Intermediate

    Book Description: This guide provides a concise guided tour of the heavens with 48 monthly sky charts of the northern sky and 88 constellation charts, each offering a detailed map of individual constellations. Essays on the universe, the solar system, and constellations introduce the reader to the wonders of the sky.

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      Guide to Stars and Planets
    by Patrick Moore
    256 pages, July 2005
    Level: Beginner to Intermediate

    Description: A concise reference by a best-selling astronomy author. The Guide to Stars and Planets is a practical guide to the night sky featuring detailed maps of the moon and constellations, plus a host of recommendations on what to look for and when. In a compact format, this book is illustrated with charts, maps, and stunning photographs from the world's finest Earth- and space-based telescopes.

    A concise introduction offers a practical guide to telescopes, home observatories and astronomical photography for amateur astronomers. Detailed entries describe the following astronomical objects, organized by the closest to the furthest from Earth:

    • The Moon
    • The Sun
    • The planets
    • Solar system debris
    • The stars
    • The galaxies
    • The constellations
    • Observing eclipses, comets and meteors
    The book highlights the most interesting objects that can be observed using the unaided eye, binoculars or telescope. Detailed moon maps and star charts identify significant features, and practical tips explain how to observe the sun safely.

    The Guide to Stars and Planets is an ideal introduction to astronomy and a concise reference for hobbyists of all levels of experience.

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      Deep-Sky Companions: The Messier Objects
    by Stephen James O'Meara
    336 pages, July 2000
    Level: Beginner to Intermediate

    Book Description: If there were a canon for viewing the night sky, Charles Messier would be its author. The galaxies, star clusters, and nebulae cataloged by the famous comet hunter in the late 1700s are still the most widely observed celestial wonders in the heavens. They are the favorite targets of amateur astronomers, with such rich variety and detail that they never cease to fascinate.

    This book provides new and experienced observers with a fresh perspective on the Messier objects. Stephen James O'Meara has prepared a visual feast for the observer. Using the finest optical telescopes available for amateur work, he describes and sketches the view from the telescope as never before. There are new drawings, improved finder charts, and new astronomical data on each object, including findings from the Hubble Space Telescope. Expand your universe and test your viewing acumen with this truly modern Messier Guide. It is a must for budding night watchers.

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    Sky & Telescope Review: May 1999 p.79-80

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      Deep-Sky Companions: The Caldwell Objects
    by Stephen James O'Meara
    500 pages, February 2003
    Level: Intermediate to Advanced

    Book Description: For more than two centuries, amateur astronomers have earned their stripes by observing the 109 star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies cataloged by French comet hunter Charles Messier. Sir Patrick Moore has compiled a new list of 109 deep-sky delights, the Caldwell Catalog, which covers the entire celestial sphere. Stephen James O'Meara has observed all 109 Caldwell objects and Deep Sky Companions presents his beautiful sketches and detailed visual descriptions and discusses each object's rich history and astrophysical significance. The latest fundamental data on each object are tabulated, and the book's star charts will lead observers to each object's precise location.

    Stephen James O'Meara is known worldwide for his precise drawings of astronomical objects as seen through the telescope. Among his many astronomical achievements, he was the first to sight Halley's Comet on its 1985 return; he noticed the dark spokes in Saturn's B ring before the Voyager 1 spacecraft imaged them; and he was the first person to determine the rotation period of the distant planet Uranus. The International Astronomical Union named asteroid 3637 O'Meara in his honor. He is also the author of Deep-Sky Companions: The Messier Objects (Cambridge, 1998) and co-author with his wife, Donna Donovan O'Meara, of Volcanoes: Passion and Fury (Sky Publishing, 1994).

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    Sky & Telescope Review: June 2003 p.62-64

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      Deep-Sky Companions: Hidden Treasures
    by Stephen James O'Meara
    496 pages, September 2006
    Level: Intermediate to Advanced

    Book Description: Stephen O'Meara's new and exciting observing guide spotlights an original selection of 109 deep-sky objects that will appeal to sky-watchers worldwide. His 'hidden treasures' include a wonderful assortment of galaxies, open clusters, planetary nebulae and more, all of which have been carefully chosen based on their popularity and ease of observing. None of these objects are included in either the Messier or the Caldwell catalogs, and all are visible in a 4-inch telescope under dark skies. Stunning photographs and beautiful drawings accompany detailed visual descriptions of the objects, which include their rich histories and astrophysical significance. The author's original finder charts are designed to help observers get to their targets fast and efficiently.

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      The Observing Guide to the Messier Marathon
    A Handbook and Atlas

    by Don Machholz
    172 pages, 1st Edition, November 2002
    Level: Intermediate

    Book Description: The Messier Catalogue is a list of 110 galaxies, star clusters and nebulae, and includes many of the brightest and best-known objects in the sky. Amateur astronomers who find all the objects on the list in one night have successfully completed the Messier Marathon. The Observing Guide to the Messier Marathon contains over 90 easy-to-use star maps to guide the observer from one object to the next, and provides tips for a successful night of observing. Don Machholz also tells the story of the eighteenth-century astronomer, Charles Messier, and how he came to compile his extensive catalogue. His complete guide to the Messier Marathon will help the amateur astronomer to observe the Messier Objects throughout the year, using a small telescope or even a pair of binoculars.

    Don Machholz is an engineer in Auburn, California. Interested in astronomy since childhood, he is a renowned comet hunter, having discovered nine comets that bear his name. He writes articles for local California newspapers and radio stations for special astronomical events. Between 1988 and 2000, Don Machholz was the Comets Recorder for the Association of Lunar and Planetary Recorders.

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      Burnham's Celestial Handbook: Volumes 1, 2 & 3
    An Observer's Guide to the Universe Beyond the Solar System

    by Robert Burnham, Jr.
    Revised Edition, 1983
    Level: Intermediate to Advanced

    Back Cover: After an extensive introduction in Volume 1, which gives the beginner enough information to follow about 80% of the body of the material, the author gives comprehensive coverage to the thousands of celestial objects outside our solar system that are within the range of telescopes in the 2- to 12-inch range.

    The objects are grouped according to the constellations in which they appear. Each constellation is dividied into four subject sections: list of double and multiple stars; list of variable stars; list of star clusters, nebulae and galaxies; and, descriptive notes. For each object the author gives names, celestial coordinates, classification, and full physical description. These, together with a star atlas, will help you find and identify almost every object of interest.

    But the joy of the book is the descriptive notes that follow. They cover history, unusual movements or appearances, and currently accepted explanations of such visible phenomena as white dwarfs, novae and supernovae, cepheids, mira-type variables, dark nebulae, gaseous nebulae, eclipsing binary stars, the large Magellanic cloud, the evolution of a star cluster, and hundreds of other topics, many of which are difficult to find in one place. Hundreds of charts and other visual aids are included to help identification. Over 300 photographs capture the objects and, in themselves, are works of beauty that reflect the enthusiasm that star gazers have for their subject.

    Recommended for intermediate to advanced amateur astronomers.

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    Volume 1: Andromeda through Cetus
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    Volume 2: Chamaeleon through Orion
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    Volume 3: Pavo through Vulpecula
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      The Planet Observer's Handbook
    by Fred W. Price
    448 pages, 2nd Edition, December 2000
    Level: Advanced

    Book Description: Here is an informative, up-to-date and well-illustrated guide to planetary observations for amateurs. After chapters on the solar system and the celestial sphere, the text explains how to choose, test and use a telescope with various accessories and how to make observations and record results. For each planet and the asteroids, Price gives details of observational techniques, together with suggestions for how to make contributions of sound astronomical value. From a general description and detailed observational history of each planet, readers learn how to anticipate what they should see and assess their own observations.

    New to this edition is a chapter on planetary photography that includes the revolutionary use of videography, charge coupled devices and video-assisted drawing. Another new feature is a section on the Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud. Other chapters on making maps and planispheres and on photoelectric photometry round out the book's up-to-date treatment, making this indispensable reading for both casual and serious observer alike.

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