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Quote:A great field resourse:Sky Safari for the iPhone...- 1. Covers all showcase objects of each category (stars, DSOs, etc.)Not only provides the show case items but provides many many more.- 2. Provides sufficient graphical positional information to enable the observer to locate each object.Provides zoomable star charts, current alt-az information. - 3. Provides sufficient textual information to allow the observer to understand what to expect and to verify the observationSky Safari has an surprising amount of written information... I'll read it in bed because there is so much information.- 4. Because we've limited ourselves to "just one" for purposes of this discussion, is contained in a single, field-friendly volume.It fits in your shirt pocket, you can use it sitting, standing, on top of a ladder. It has it's own red light that can be dimmed down... These days there are many types of field resources, books, laptops, charts, hand helds, cell phones... There is no need to do the old fashioned way... I do find my way around the night sky solely by starhopping but I definitely take advantage of modern technology when it comes to my "field resources."Jon
Quote:Jon and Maverick:
The question posed specifically excluded smart phones, iPads, iPods, laptops and the like. Specifically "printed" materials were specified.
Besides, OITH costs considerably less than such solutions, is less apt to damage night vision (I use Sky Safari; IMO the iPhone does not dim enough even with SS in night mode), and best of all, OITH never needs to be recharged nor does it chime, buzz or make other unpeacefull utterances.
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Quote: "So what do I mean by "field resource"? I mean some form of PRINTED material that serves as a repository for information (graphical, literary, or both) identifying and/or describing the characteristics of celestial targets."
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Quote:So, with those criteria in mind, what is the best single field resource for the beginner in my opinion?Peter Birren's "Objects in the Heavens" (often abbreviated "OITH").
Quote:The S&T Field Map of the Moon. I don't make it much past the moon these days, and the seeing here is significantly limiting that there's no reason for me to have anything much more detailed. I identify by name a crater or two, and I've got my fix.
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