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#1 CelestronDaddy

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 10:03 PM

I'm looking for a good general book on constellations. One that gives a little history on each and a description of the of the most popular telescopic POI for the constellation. Any recommendations would be appreciated....

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 07:07 AM

I'm looking for a good general book on constellations. One that gives a little history on each and a description of the of the most popular telescopic POI for the constellation. Any recommendations would be appreciated....


Given that description, the most obvious answer is Burnham's Celestial Handobook.

If you want something that goes into more depth on the constellations viewed as historical and culture constructs rather than as sectors of the sky, there might be other answers. Likewise if you want something that specifically discusses telescopic sights. But for both together, I don't think Burnham's has any serious competitors.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 08:54 AM

Tony - Thanks for the info!

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:54 AM

I would also recommend Ken Hewitt-White's Patterns in the Sky, published by Sky Publishing, I believe. It certainly doesn't go into Burnham's depth, but it does illuminate the mythology as well as the principal objects of interest in each of the constellations.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 05:30 PM

I would also recommend Ken Hewitt-White's Patterns in the Sky, published by Sky Publishing, I believe. It certainly doesn't go into Burnham's depth, but it does illuminate the mythology as well as the principal objects of interest in each of the constellations.


David - Thanks for the recommendation. I will definitely check it out! Tony

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 09:18 PM

After enjoying your Burnhams, take at look at the 2 or 3 volumns of The Night Sky Observers Guide if your budget permits, but that is maybe a good while after - Burnhams is not shy on objects of interest or reading in general. One principal difference the addition of the 'NSOG' having a seasonal aspect to the overall organization which I like in ways and dislike in others - depending on time of season sometimes need both volumes handy. Lots of information about viewing and finder charts and images, and possibly more important sketches! :). But I have to admit I grew up with Burnhams and it always gets first recommendation especially at the price used sets go for these days, quite a bargain.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 09:55 AM

NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe (Spiral-bound)by
Terence Dickinson .
This has great, clear and easy to read maps of each constellation, and the interesting objects within each! I highly recommend this one! :waytogo:

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 01:21 PM

+1 to that... it's a well thought through and easily used reference :)

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 02:41 PM

I would also recommend Ken Hewitt-White's Patterns in the Sky, published by Sky Publishing, I believe.


Wow, I forgot all about that book .. pretty amazing considering that I worked on it. (I did the charts.)

It's a lovely little book, very well written and approachable, like everything that Ken writes. But it's definitely oriented toward the beginner. Probably a step more elementary than the Peterson's and Audubon's field guides, both of which are excellent books in their ways.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 04:43 PM

Tony,

Im surprised you didnt recommend
The Cambridge Guide to the Constellations by Michael Bakich
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Posted 20 March 2013 - 06:53 PM

Wow! Thanks everyone for the great suggestions! Plenty to consider, g... Thanks :grin:

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 04:30 PM

I found these two at my local Half Price Books...

Constellation Guidebook by Antonin Rukl (1999)
Atlas of the Night Sky (1984)

I really like the Atlas of the Night Sky! Both books for less than $8 :grin:






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