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Ron500E
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Speaking of Books
      #5713542 - 03/04/13 10:43 PM

Another Newbie question....

What books would you consider "essential" for the novice to have, or add, to his/her library?"

Perhaps hard to believe but not every night, in Chicago at least, has perfect conditions for viewing. On those rare nights I feel I should sharpen my astronomy skills by reading.
This will form the foundation of a collection that will be given to a local school (grades 9-12) after I assume room temperature.
Thanks,

Ron


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Re: Speaking of Books new [Re: Ron500E]
      #5713550 - 03/04/13 10:46 PM

"Telescopes for Skygazing" by Henry E. Paul. It may be out of print, but you can find used copies around. It should be on the book shelf of any Classic Scope Person's Library!

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Re: Speaking of Books new [Re: Datapanic]
      #5714280 - 03/05/13 11:49 AM

Turn Left at Orion:
A Hundred Night Sky Objects to See in a Small Telescope - and How to Find Them


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skyquest25
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Re: Speaking of Books new [Re: dgreyson]
      #5714339 - 03/05/13 12:18 PM

Starlight Nights: The Adventures of a Star-Gazer
by Leslie C. Peltier

While not an informational book in itself, it is one of the best inspirational astronomy books ever written !


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Re: Speaking of Books new [Re: skyquest25]
      #5714402 - 03/05/13 12:50 PM

I always like to recommend "NightWatch A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe" by Terrence Dickinson.

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Re: Speaking of Books new [Re: CounterWeight]
      #5714554 - 03/05/13 02:04 PM

Some good recommendations so far. I would add my favorite, The Backyard Observers Guide, by Dickinson and Dyer.

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Re: Speaking of Books new [Re: okieav8r]
      #5714708 - 03/05/13 03:32 PM

"Celestial Sampler" by Sue French.
---Maya


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Re: Speaking of Books new [Re: okieav8r]
      #5714743 - 03/05/13 03:51 PM

Quote:

Some good recommendations so far. I would add my favorite, The Backyard Observers Guide, by Dickinson and Dyer.




....I second this one!!......


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Re: Speaking of Books new [Re: CounterWeight]
      #5714745 - 03/05/13 03:52 PM

Quote:

I always like to recommend "NightWatch A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe" by Terrence Dickinson.




I second this one, too!! Gee, another book by Mr. Dickinson!! Hmmmm!!


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Re: Speaking of Books new [Re: RobertED]
      #5714750 - 03/05/13 03:56 PM

And of course, no one should be without the Peterson's Field Guide to the Stars and Planets.


Cheers,

Jerry

G.O.Dobek, FRAS


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Re: Speaking of Books new [Re: Crow Haven]
      #5714840 - 03/05/13 04:35 PM

Quote:

"Celestial Sampler" by Sue French.
---Maya




"Deep Sky Wonders" by Sue French


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Re: Speaking of Books new [Re: turtle86]
      #5715318 - 03/05/13 08:41 PM

Burnham's Celestial Handbook.

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Re: Speaking of Books [Re: Rick Woods]
      #5715476 - 03/05/13 10:09 PM

Quote:

Burnham's Celestial Handbook.




All three of them, love em


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Traveler
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Re: Speaking of Books [Re: droid]
      #5719768 - 03/08/13 01:30 AM

+1 The Backyard Observers Guide, by Dickinson and Dyer.
+1 Burnham's Celestial Handbook
+1 Turn Left at Orion


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Traveler
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Re: Speaking of Books [Re: Traveler]
      #5719770 - 03/08/13 01:32 AM

...and the S&T Pocket Sky atlas.

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Daniel Mounsey
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Re: Speaking of Books [Re: Ron500E]
      #5721556 - 03/09/13 03:07 AM

Burnham's Celestial Handbook.

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Re: Speaking of Books new [Re: Daniel Mounsey]
      #5723070 - 03/09/13 10:09 PM

The Modern Moon by Charles Wood. This book will bring you up to date on current knowledge of lunar science, and will point out a good many interesting lunar targets for your telescope. You'll also need some kind of lunar atlas.

Too many amateur astronomers neglect the Moon. It's really quite a fascinating object.


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Re: Speaking of Books new [Re: RocketScientist]
      #5723087 - 03/09/13 10:23 PM

Quote:

The Modern Moon by Charles Wood. This book will bring you up to date on current knowledge of lunar science, and will point out a good many interesting lunar targets for your telescope. You'll also need some kind of lunar atlas.

Too many amateur astronomers neglect the Moon. It's really quite a fascinating object.




Unfortunately I've just discovered this book is out of print. That's really unfortunate, as I'm not aware of any other similar books.


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Re: Speaking of Books new [Re: RocketScientist]
      #5725974 - 03/11/13 02:24 PM

I can't think of any astronomy book that I'd consider essential for a novice or anyone else.

Maybe Wood's Modern Moon comes closest to an essential book for lunar. If you're going to count atlases, maybe the S&T laminated Moon maps.

Suiter's Star Testing is pretty much essential if you want to evaluate your telescope's optics.

But other than these two or three... eh

Mike


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Re: Speaking of Books new [Re: Ron500E]
      #5726004 - 03/11/13 02:43 PM

A good newbie lunar book is "Discover the Moon," by Jean Lacroux and Christian Legrand. It has a day-to-day guide complete with photographs, detailing which major features you can view near the terminator each day of the lunar cycle. It's really handy – and you’ll have an amazing time exploring the moon!

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