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#1 Brian Albin

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 04:57 PM

In 1868 Richard Proctor wrote:
"The regular observer will of course make use of the 'Nautical Almanac'; but 'Dietrichsen and Hannay's Almanac' will serve every purpose of the amateur telescopist."

Is something like this available today? An Almanac better suited to the amateur astronomer than is the Nautical Almanac?

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 05:17 PM

Hi Brian. None finer than the RASC Observer's Handbook.

#3 Rick Woods

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:59 PM

The "Nautical Almanac" is now known (in America) as the "Astronomical Almanac", and is published yearly by the Government Printing Office. Price: $40. Prior to 1981 it was known as the "American Ephemeris and Nautical Almanac".
I haven't tried the RASC almanac, so I can't comment on that; but I buy the GPO one every year religiously.

The "Old Farmer's Almanac" that you can get at Home Depot is very good, too, for Moon tables, etc.

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 10:20 PM

Hi Brian. None finer than the RASC Observer's Handbook.

Agreed!
With much "non-almanac" useful information, and relatively inexpensive, too.

#5 Tony Flanders

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 05:15 AM

Hi Brian. None finer than the RASC Observer's Handbook.

Agreed!


I third that recommendation.

The Astronomical Almanac published by the U.S. and British Navies is essential for professionals, but far too detailed and dry for the average casual stargazer. The RASC Handbook strikes just the right balance.

I use both books on an almost daily basis, so I speak from experience.

Tony Flanders
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Posted 20 August 2013 - 10:47 AM

Thanks for the information...I have never gotten copies of either of these, so both now on order so I can review for myself!

#7 Brian Albin

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 05:38 PM

Thank you everybody, for the recommendations.

"The Astronomical Almanac published by the U.S. and British Navies is essential for professionals, but far too detailed and dry for the average casual stargazer. The RASC Handbook strikes just the right balance."
- Tony Flanders

This is just what I am seeking.






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