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BobinKy
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Best astronomy book on your shelf
      #5557661 - 12/06/12 02:38 PM

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?


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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: BobinKy]
      #5557735 - 12/06/12 03:26 PM

Burnham's Celestial Handbook: An Observer's Guide to the Universe Beyond the Solar System, Vol. 1, 2 and 3.

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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: Traveler]
      #5557758 - 12/06/12 03:38 PM

Best in what way?

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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #5557861 - 12/06/12 04:51 PM

Yep! The best biography, the best history, the best field guide, the best ????

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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: blb]
      #5557887 - 12/06/12 05:05 PM

Maybe the best answer is "the one I'm reading right now"!
(Although, there's a lot to be said for Traveller's choice.)


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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #5558104 - 12/06/12 07:11 PM

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."

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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: desertstars]
      #5558305 - 12/06/12 09:21 PM

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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."




Agreed.

Perhaps we should do a Best Book for___ and let people fill in the blank and then tell what title it is? If there is interest I would be glad to start a thread or someone else start one. I would be glad to post my favorites!


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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: BobinKy]
      #5558710 - 12/07/12 06:36 AM

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What is the best astronomy book on your shelf?




I wouldn't venture to say which is best. But the most used book, without a doubt, is the RASC Handboook.


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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: Traveler]
      #5558883 - 12/07/12 09:20 AM

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Burnham's Celestial Handbook: An Observer's Guide to the Universe Beyond the Solar System, Vol. 1, 2 and 3.




No home should be with out it.


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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: izar187]
      #5558922 - 12/07/12 09:48 AM

That's easy. I have three favorite astronomy books. I'll gather them together and post a photo shortly.

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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: Daniel Mounsey]
      #5558949 - 12/07/12 10:02 AM

Certainly the best about ESO: Europe to the Stars
http://www.eso.org/public/outreach/50years/europetothestars.html

Most nostalgic: Cosmos by Carl Sagan

Overview of observatories worldwide:
Great Observatories of the World by Serge Brunier & Anne-Marie Lagrange

Superb read on the history of refractors:
Alvan Clarks and Sons - Artists in Optics
&
The Victorian Amateur Astronomer



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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: izar187]
      #5558950 - 12/07/12 10:03 AM

I could never use the word best ... so many are really good for intended audience and that is so varied.

Teaching, informational, biography, autobiography, imagry, survey, science(s) of (layperson), textbooks, ...

I'm just glad I can come here and enjoy comments and insights of others that still read books...

Looked for it on the web and at my local store and it's out of my price range so I put up a flag for our library and see what happens. Looks like a great read.


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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: CounterWeight]
      #5559742 - 12/07/12 06:18 PM

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.


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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: LB16europe]
      #5560490 - 12/08/12 07:53 AM

for me, Peltier and Burnham would be the two best-hard to say which is better
then maybe the Scotty Houston collection of S&T articles

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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: BobinKy]
      #5560696 - 12/08/12 11:08 AM

There is no way I could narrow down my collection to just one "best" astronomy book on my shelves!

Each has their own qualities & purposes that I enjoy.

The one that is near & dear to my heart is my 1987 copy of NightWatch. This was a gift to me, & is responsible for getting me interested in astronomy.


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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5560742 - 12/08/12 11:35 AM

I'm not able to choose just one but have narrowed my heavy bookshelves to these:

Most treasured:
A Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way (Barnard/Dobek)
Sky Vistas (Crossen)
Slip cover set: Atlas of the Moon (Rukl) + The Modern Moon (Wood)
Astronomical Objects for Southern Telescopes (Hartung)

Most used:
Pocket Sky Atlas (Sinnott)


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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: rookie]
      #5560884 - 12/08/12 01:21 PM

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Most used:
Pocket Sky Atlas (Sinnott)




+1 inside the house and always under the stars.


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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: BobinKy]
      #5560925 - 12/08/12 01:50 PM

Ditto Burnhams as best all-around.

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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: desertstars]
      #5560952 - 12/08/12 02:12 PM

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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."




My opinion too.

Stephan


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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: LB16europe]
      #5561072 - 12/08/12 03:30 PM

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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.




I have the Peltier book, just need to get to reading it. I really enjoyed Seeing In The Dark.


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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: LivingNDixie]
      #5561619 - 12/08/12 10:40 PM

"Starlight Nights" and "Immortal Fire" aren't really astronomy books though, are they. They're biographies of astronomical people.
I guess if we rearrange the thread title to "Best book on your Astronomy Shelf", everything fits.


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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: BobinKy]
      #5561722 - 12/08/12 11:57 PM

Starlight Nights: The Adventures of a Star-Gazer by Leslie Peltier. I read it at least once a year.

-Mark


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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: deepskytraveler]
      #5561873 - 12/09/12 04:44 AM

I'll mention another two I like a lot:
The Deep Sky Field to Uranometria, and Double Stars for Small Telescopes.
For rather differing targets, but very worthwhile references.

Also, from the equipment end of things, All About Telescopes by Sam Brown is great fun.


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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: izar187]
      #5561921 - 12/09/12 06:53 AM

for anyone building up their collection
it is hard to go wrong with any of these

edj


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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: BobinKy]
      #5562124 - 12/09/12 10:11 AM

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?




"Best" is a slippery thing. Today I'll just day it's Sir Patrick Moore's The Amateur Astronomer.


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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: rmollise]
      #5566728 - 12/11/12 10:57 PM

one of my fav's/best was the orginal backyard astronomers guide... by dickinson and dyer

and the book has an accompanying websight with downloads

kev b


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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: kbastro]
      #5567929 - 12/12/12 04:41 PM

Norton's Star Atlas
Uranometria (All volumes and field guide)
Herald-Bobroff Astro Atlas
Great Atlas of the Sky
Millennium Star Atlas
Astronomical Almanac
Explanatory Supplement to the Astronomical Almanac
Cosmology - Burbige and Narlikar
Astrophysics Made Easy
Sprectroscopy - A key to the stars

PS: The above is not in the order of preference.


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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: Rudra]
      #5568517 - 12/13/12 12:22 AM

To put it in answerable terms (how does one define "best" when comparing atlases, observing guides, scientific texts, etc. among each other?), I'd say that if I was only allowed to keep one astronomy book, it'd probably be Sue French's Deep-Sky Wonders. However, if I was allowed to keep only one book of any sort, it would be Sagan's Cosmos.

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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #5568949 - 12/13/12 10:26 AM

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.)




+1

However, my favorite series is the O'Meara DSO series (Messier, Caldwell, Hidden Treasures, Secret Deep, and soon to be Southern Treasures? which is on order).

An the book that started it all for me: Patrick Moore's Atlas of the Universe. After this and going to the Ft. Wayne Three River's Festival to look through the FWAC observatory telescope to see Saturn for the first time (and realize I could still see it naked eye as a "star" - I was hooked! If I could see it, I could find it; and so I joined the FWAC and soon bout my first 10.1" Coultour Oddessy Dobsonian which I used for 10-12 years before I outgrew it.


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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: faackanders2]
      #5570156 - 12/13/12 11:40 PM

Great Atlas of the Sky.

However, it does not fit on my shelf . . . .


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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: opticsguy]
      #5571256 - 12/14/12 06:10 PM

"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.


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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: Daniel Mounsey]
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That's easy. I have three favorite astronomy books. I'll gather them together and post a photo shortly.




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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: Daniel Mounsey]
      #5571423 - 12/14/12 07:42 PM

for just pretty pictures,
go for
S&T's annual Beautiful Universe series

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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: Daniel Mounsey]
      #5571480 - 12/14/12 08:20 PM

Yes!!

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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: Traveler]
      #5571622 - 12/14/12 09:45 PM

I actually prefer monochrome.

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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: Daniel Mounsey]
      #5571835 - 12/15/12 12:24 AM

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.


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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #5572029 - 12/15/12 05:17 AM

Also check:
http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Board/Observatory/N...


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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #5572197 - 12/15/12 09:07 AM

Quote:

Quote:

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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.




Agreed. I actally turned the spines out just for the photo but normally they're down for the reasons you stated.


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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #5572759 - 12/15/12 03:28 PM

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.




Frankly I am surprised it took so long.


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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: FirstSight]
      #5573187 - 12/15/12 08:45 PM

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.




I agree with the three titles mentioned. If someone could only have three books this would be the best three (sorry Daniel).

I like Tyson, but some of his books read more like a blog. I would say for cloudy night reading I am more likely to grab something David Levy wrote then Tyson. That is not to say Neil is a bad writer, it just more my preferences


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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: LivingNDixie]
      #5573272 - 12/15/12 09:34 PM

Quote:

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.




I agree with the three titles mentioned. If someone could only have three books this would be the best three (sorry Daniel).

I like Tyson, but some of his books read more like a blog. I would say for cloudy night reading I am more likely to grab something David Levy wrote then Tyson. That is not to say Neil is a bad writer, it just more my preferences



I too would agree with those three if you also included O'Meara's books, Messier, Caldwell, Hidden Treasures, Secret Deep, and his Herschel 400 book. Sorry I can't just limit myself like that. That is the skeleton that my library is built upon.


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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: blb]
      #5573911 - 12/16/12 10:42 AM

I'll say that in my own little corner of the world, best means my favorite,....I say, my new "Cambridge Photographic Atlas of the Moon", or "The Backyard Astronomer's Guide", or perhaps even "Burnham Celestial Handbook".........howzzat?!?!?!

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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: RobertED]
      #5586815 - 12/24/12 09:09 AM

My favorites would have to include:

The Lighthearted Astronomer by Ken Fulton

Outer Space Photography by Henry Paul: autographed by Paul wih a note of thanks to photo contributor Ralph Dakin


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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: pbealo]
      #5590760 - 12/27/12 06:31 AM

An update at;
http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Board/Observatory/N...


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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: pbealo]
      #5591679 - 12/27/12 07:32 PM

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My favorites would have to include:

The Lighthearted Astronomer by Ken Fulton





I borrowed that from a friend once and read it. I remember it as being a lot of fun!


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