Cactus Patch Observatory / 14" LX200
"The four points of the compass be logic, knowledge, wisdom, and the unknown. Some do bow in that final direction. Others advance upon it. To bow before the one is to lose sight of the three."
C-11 SCT, XT10i Dob, C-6 SCT, ETX125PE Mak-Cass, TV102, & AT66
"We the People are the rightful master of both congress and the courts - not to overthrow the constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the constitution." Abraham Lincoln"
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." Psalms 19:1
My Blog http://buddybarbee.wordpress.com
Thomas Watson - Author of Mr. Olcott's Skies. Available in paperback and ebook formats. Weblog: Under Desert Stars "And Now a Word From Our Sponsor"
Quote: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."
Quote:What is the best astronomy book on your shelf?
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Quote:Burnham's Celestial Handbook: An Observer's Guide to the Universe Beyond the Solar System, Vol. 1, 2 and 3.
Clear skies - Jim Crazy PNW imager !
A-P Mach1 on 12" concrete pier - ROR structure.
Tak FSQ85-EDX, Tak FS-128. Orion 8" f/3.9 w/MoonLite motorized - MPCC MkIII CCD:
SBIG 8300M/FW8, Astrodon 36mm LRGB, 5nm Ha, 3nm SII, OIII - Canon EOS 6D unmod SSI3, SSAG,
Skytools3pro, MaxImDLpro, PSCS5, PSPpro, TheSkyX, TheSky6, BYE, StarTools
Orion XX14g -for visual- diags, ep's, accy tubes, Binocs .
AL MasterObserverC #24
Scopes: CPC8, TV85+Voyager Binos: 40-70mm, GT80mm~45deg
"We live in the sky, not under it." John Tyndall
Quote:Most used:Pocket Sky Atlas (Sinnott)
"Life is too short to miss the beauty of heavens."
Quote: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.
Quote: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?
Uncle Rod Uncle Rod's Astroblog: http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/
Astronomical Association of Southern Illinois
Quote:Maybe the best answer is "the one I'm reading right now"! (Although, there's a lot to be said for Traveller's choice.)
Orion XT12i with Swayze-refigured primary & Protostar secondary
Televue NP101 refractor
William Optics Megrez 90 refractor
Universal Astronomics Deluxe Mounts
Quote:That's easy. I have three favorite astronomy books. I'll gather them together and post a photo shortly.
Quote:Quote:That's easy. I have three favorite astronomy books. I'll gather them together and post a photo shortly.
Quote:Quote:Quote:That's easy. I have three favorite astronomy books. I'll gather them together and post a photo shortly. Show of hands: Who didn't see that coming a mile away? FWIW Daniel,I was told it's a bad idea to have books standing on their front edge as pictured here; the spine will get biffed and the text part separate.
Quote:"best" for overall understanding, or "best" for an observing guide?In the latter category, three come first to mind:1) Sue French, "Deep Sky Wonders"2) Kepple & Sanner, "Night Sky Observer's Guide" (three vols, though only the first two are useful for those of us in the northern hemisphere);3) Sinnott, "Pocket Sky Atlas"A good nomination in the first category, filled with glorious astrophotos, is Michael Benson's "Far Out", a journey from the nearby Milky Way progressively outward to the grand distant scale of the universe.Just about anything by Neil Degresse Tyson is worth having on your shelf.