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#1 Michael Rapp

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 09:04 PM

Hi all,

I'm wondering if anyone can suggest some books that focus on the joy of observing. I'm not looking for observing guides, but books that in large part focus on or explore the enjoyment of visual amateur astronomy.

I was hoping Ken Fulton's The Light-Hearted Astronomer had more of this in it.

I'm looking for books similar to Steve Coe's Touching the Universe: My Favorite Twenty Nights Viewing the Sky. Leslie Peltier's Starlight Nights, of course, is the classic in this realm, but I've already read it. :)

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 11:29 PM

look into David Levy books, he writes with that passion.

also Depp Sky Wonders, the WS Houston book that was published after his death, with a collection of his articles.

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 02:52 AM

Michael, I am very happy that you enjoyed the book, it is exactly that "boy is this fun" aspect of observing the night sky that I was shooting to find.

David, I also really enjoy Deep Sky Wonders, in an era when so much of using a telescope was aiming it at the moon and planets, he kept alive viewing the sky beyond the solar system.

Clear skies to us all;
Steve Coe

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 05:48 PM

Seeing in the Dark by Timothy Ferris comes to mind.

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 09:08 PM

Starry Starry Nights by Tom Clark.

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 10:49 PM

Seeing in the Dark was also a TV special on PBS, so you can find it out there somewhere on the net.

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