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Quote:What is TOC?
Quote:Books that are arranged by month or season are NOT USEFUL (are you listening NSOG?) for those of us who observe all night. Arranged by constellation IS, since you can simply look up to see what constellation is on the meridian or coming up or setting. So is a numerical arrangement.
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Quote:Quote:Books that are arranged by month or season are NOT USEFUL (are you listening NSOG?) for those of us who observe all night. Arranged by constellation IS, since you can simply look up to see what constellation is on the meridian or coming up or setting. So is a numerical arrangement.Not necessarily, especially if it's a multi-volume book in either case. If divided by season, you only need to use one at a time; by constellation (eg. Burnham's), you're constantly going from one to the other. I had the same misgiving about the NSOG; but when I thought it all over, I decided it was a pretty good arrangement after all. None of them is perfect.
Quote:...With this nightly TOC of my own, I find the book very helpful in the field.
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Quote:I know many Folks refuse to think about a software package for observational planning... But.... for a small charge Astroplanner will allow you to do all of what has been mentioned.And... many good hearted Folks have made observation plans based on many good books, including the mentioned Herschel 400 and both of Sue French's great books, as well as many many many others such as Scotty Houstons great work, which I just bit and painfully paid $75 for a copy. Simply download the plan off the internet and you can see rise, transit and set times for ANY time or location. Very handy.Cheers,Robert