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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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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

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

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Burnham's Celestial Handbook.




All three of them, love em


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

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

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Re: Speaking of Books new [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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Re: Speaking of Books new [Re: dgreyson]
      #5726828 - 03/11/13 08:46 PM

Quote:

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




+1 "Turn Left at Orion" for 9-12


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Re: Speaking of Books new [Re: CounterWeight]
      #5726831 - 03/11/13 08:48 PM

Quote:

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




+1

Also Backyard Astronomer Guide (for equipment)


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Re: Speaking of Books new [Re: Traveler]
      #5726835 - 03/11/13 08:50 PM

Quote:

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




Sky Atlas 2000 the colored version


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Re: Speaking of Books new [Re: SusanY]
      #5727045 - 03/11/13 10:42 PM


I like my Hatfield Photographic Lunar Atlas. It's the one that gets pulled down most often when I'm trying to identify a new lunar feature. Mine is the 1999 version now selling for about $39. I don't know anything about the new "re-mastered" version selling for twice that much. The pictures are a bit blurry, but completely usable.

I like my 21st Century Atlas of the Moon, but I've only just received it and haven't really tried to use it yet.

For deep-sky, there are uncountable books and atlases out there. If you haven't already downloaded the free Tri-Atlas, go out and do so. It's three complete atlases of the sky on PDFs, down to different limiting magnitudes and scale. Google "tri atlas" and it will come right up.


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Re: Speaking of Books new [Re: Ron500E]
      #5729314 - 03/12/13 11:10 PM

Quote:

Another Newbie question....
What books would you consider "essential" for the novice to have, or add, to his/her library?"
Thanks, Ron




The Beginner's Observing Guide: An Introduction to the Night Sky for the Novi... is a really great resource. The book is published by the RASC, origionally written in 1943 by Leo Enright. I have the revised 2003 5th edition and it appears that Mr. Enright has penned all the updates. There is a more recent 6th edition that was completed before the author passed away. It's very well written, easy to understand and concise. There are seasonal star maps on fold out pages inside, tips on purchasing equipment, observing planets, variable stars, etc. Everybody should have one.

Edited by rookie (03/13/13 05:14 PM)


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Re: Speaking of Books new [Re: rookie]
      #5731119 - 03/13/13 09:01 PM

Objects in the Heavens by Peter Birren. See thread in this forum:
Review of OITH


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Re: Speaking of Books new [Re: Ron500E]
      #5739226 - 03/17/13 05:40 PM Attachment (4 downloads)

Quote:

Another Newbie question....

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




"The Stars - a new way to see them" by H.A. Rey

Still in print after 60 years.


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Re: Speaking of Books new [Re: Mike E.]
      #5739256 - 03/17/13 05:55 PM

Pocket Sky Atlas, a scope and a clear, dark sky. Those are three wonderful things to combine together when your new.

Edited by JayinUT (03/17/13 05:56 PM)


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