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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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Traveler
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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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Rick Woods
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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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blb
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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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Rick Woods
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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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izar187
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Re: Best astronomy book on your shelf new [Re: Traveler]
      #5558883 - 12/07/12 09:20 AM

Quote:

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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PhilCo126
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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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LB16europe
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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

edj


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

Quote:

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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Stellarfire
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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

Quote:

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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