Thomas Watson - Author of Mr. Olcott's Skies. Available in paperback and ebook formats. Weblog: Under Desert Stars
Rob 18" f/4.3 Starmaster 8" Meade LX200 Classic Celestron 15x70 Skymaster Binoculars
Visual deep sky 18" f4.3 David Lukehurst dob 8" f/6 Dark Star dob 8x42 binos 100% visual observing...
Quote:...#6 Clark's "Visual AStronomy"
14" Strut; 10"XT; 102ES; 22 in Process; 3.5,5,7,10,14,20mm Pentax XW; 17.3 & 12mm Delos; 27mm Panoptic; 20&24mm ES 68; 24mm ES 82; 30mm ES 82; 6&10mm BCO;
Quote:My understanding of an observing book is one that is taken out most nights when observing, in addition to an atlas.
Theoretical Amateur Astronomer (currently without scope)
A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.
Televue TV85 APO on a Half-Hitch alt-az mount
15" Obsession #1603 AstroTech AT66
Quote:As was mentioned earlier in this thread, this is highly dependent on the observer's specifics - experience, location, and equipment.
For example, I'm fairly new (only a couple of years of observing experience), live in a white zone, and am using a 3.3" refractor. The Night Sky Observer's Guide is of such limited use to me that I sold mine. It's written for people with (a) larger scopes, (b) better skies, or (c) both.