Quote:Since I entered this post, I have talked to the author and the best place to get his book and e-book(in PDF format) is at his website, Birren Design. Both Amazon and the publisher have older versions and don't include the Lunar section.
Quote:Pocket-size astronomy field guide features northern deep-sky objects to Magnitude 10 for telescope and binocular observation. All known galaxies, clusters and nebulae were painstakingly culled from every major catalog, organized and cross-referenced for ease of use at the viewing site. Object-oriented maps include special symbols to aid in finding and identifying the objects, stars, double stars, and asterisms. Simple enough for the beginner yet detailed for the advanced.
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Quote:Oh, and mine too:http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Board/beginners/Num...Because all 110 Messiers will be hard this year (due to the optimal weekend dates coming earlier in the year than is typical), I'm toying with trying to bad as many Birren OITH targets as I can in a single session.- Jim
Quote:Photobud...Thank you for reminding us of a good observing guide. I have a copy of the fourth edition, in which the author made ink corrections before mailing to me. He also signed the book and included a brief "Happy Viewing" under my name, above his name. All very personal. It would be nice if every book we purchased could have this much personal attention. As I go through my annual purge of books to donate, I always make sure to hang onto Birren's Objects in the Heavens.
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Quote:Mine is so marked up I need a new copy! Bill
Quote:Agreed - OITH is my preferred observing book, as I have discussed in an older thread on CN (click here).
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Quote:JimK...Thank you for compiling the SkyTools 3 observing list for Objects in the Heavens (Birren). ... By the way, I recently received the Celestron AVX GOTO mount (still unpacking the box) and look forward to driving the AVX mount with SkyTools 3. Do you have any suggestions on how to get started using SkyTools 3 with a GOTO mount?Thanks again for compiling and sharing the OITH observing list.