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#1 BobinKy

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 02:38 PM

What is the best astronomy book on your shelf?

For me, The Immortal Fire Within: The Life and Work of Edward Emerson Barnard by William Sheehan (Cambridge, 2007). It is a great biography of a great man.

How about you?

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 03:26 PM

Burnham's Celestial Handbook: An Observer's Guide to the Universe Beyond the Solar System, Vol. 1, 2 and 3.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 03:38 PM

Best in what way?

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 04:51 PM

Yep! The best biography, the best history, the best field guide, the best ????

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:05 PM

Maybe the best answer is "the one I'm reading right now"! :D
(Although, there's a lot to be said for Traveller's choice.)

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 07:11 PM

There are too many on the shelves behind me that have greating exceeded the cost of acquisition. No way could I pick one out and say "best." :cool:

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:21 PM

There are too many on the shelves behind me that have greating exceeded the cost of acquisition. No way could I pick one out and say "best." :cool:


Agreed.

Perhaps we should do a Best Book for___ and let people fill in the blank and then tell what title it is? If there is interest I would be glad to start a thread or someone else start one. I would be glad to post my favorites!

#8 Tony Flanders

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:36 AM

What is the best astronomy book on your shelf?


I wouldn't venture to say which is best. But the most used book, without a doubt, is the RASC Handboook.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 09:20 AM

Burnham's Celestial Handbook: An Observer's Guide to the Universe Beyond the Solar System, Vol. 1, 2 and 3.


No home should be with out it.

#10 Daniel Mounsey

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 09:48 AM

That's easy. I have three favorite astronomy books. I'll gather them together and post a photo shortly.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:02 AM

Certainly the best about ESO: Europe to the Stars
http://www.eso.org/p...tothestars.html

Most nostalgic: Cosmos by Carl Sagan

Overview of observatories worldwide:
Great Observatories of the World by Serge Brunier & Anne-Marie Lagrange

Superb read on the history of refractors:
Alvan Clarks and Sons - Artists in Optics
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The Victorian Amateur Astronomer

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:03 AM

I could never use the word best ... so many are really good for intended audience and that is so varied.

Teaching, informational, biography, autobiography, imagry, survey, science(s) of (layperson), textbooks, ...

I'm just glad I can come here and enjoy comments and insights of others that still read books...

Looked for it on the web and at my local store and it's out of my price range so I put up a flag for our library and see what happens. Looks like a great read.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:18 PM

To me, it would probably be "Starlight Nights" by Peltier. It was such an enjoyable read!

"Seeing in the Dark" by Ferris, or "Deep Sky Wonders" by Houston are also really good books.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:53 AM

for me, Peltier and Burnham would be the two best-hard to say which is better
then maybe the Scotty Houston collection of S&T articles

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 11:08 AM

There is no way I could narrow down my collection to just one "best" astronomy book on my shelves!

Each has their own qualities & purposes that I enjoy.

The one that is near & dear to my heart is my 1987 copy of NightWatch. This was a gift to me, & is responsible for getting me interested in astronomy. :)

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 11:35 AM

I'm not able to choose just one but have narrowed my heavy bookshelves to these:

Most treasured:
A Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way (Barnard/Dobek)
Sky Vistas (Crossen)
Slip cover set: Atlas of the Moon (Rukl) + The Modern Moon (Wood)
Astronomical Objects for Southern Telescopes (Hartung)

Most used:
Pocket Sky Atlas (Sinnott)

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 01:21 PM

Most used:
Pocket Sky Atlas (Sinnott)


+1 inside the house and always under the stars.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 01:50 PM

Ditto Burnhams as best all-around.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 02:12 PM

There are too many on the shelves behind me that have greating exceeded the cost of acquisition. No way could I pick one out and say "best." :cool:


My opinion too.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 03:30 PM

To me, it would probably be "Starlight Nights" by Peltier. It was such an enjoyable read!

"Seeing in the Dark" by Ferris, or "Deep Sky Wonders" by Houston are also really good books.


I have the Peltier book, just need to get to reading it. I really enjoyed Seeing In The Dark.

#21 Rick Woods

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 10:40 PM

"Starlight Nights" and "Immortal Fire" aren't really astronomy books though, are they. They're biographies of astronomical people.
I guess if we rearrange the thread title to "Best book on your Astronomy Shelf", everything fits.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 11:57 PM

Starlight Nights: The Adventures of a Star-Gazer by Leslie Peltier. I read it at least once a year.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 04:44 AM

I'll mention another two I like a lot:
The Deep Sky Field to Uranometria, and Double Stars for Small Telescopes.
For rather differing targets, but very worthwhile references.

Also, from the equipment end of things, All About Telescopes by Sam Brown is great fun.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 06:53 AM

for anyone building up their collection
it is hard to go wrong with any of these

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 10:11 AM

What is the best astronomy book on your shelf?

For me, The Immortal Fire Within: The Life and Work of Edward Emerson Barnard by William Sheehan (Cambridge, 2007). It is a great biography of a great man.

How about you?


"Best" is a slippery thing. Today I'll just day it's Sir Patrick Moore's The Amateur Astronomer. :bawling:






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