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#1 Manu#1

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:40 AM

A friend of my wife has an 8 year old granddaughter who is wild about the night sky. Her parents got her a small telescope and her grandmother wants to find her a book on astronomy that is not too difficult, one that has the constellations in it. I remember having the pocket book of astronomy by Patrick Moore many years ago and just ate it up. Does anyone have a book that they can recommend?

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 11:00 AM

There Is a list of astronomy books for kids at < http://skymaps.com/store/cat06.html >. There is a wide variety of books there, each with a different focus. If she has a small scope and is interested in observing, the John Read books are good for directing the young observer to things they can see in a small scope. 

 

Let us know what her grandmother decides. 



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Posted 27 September 2020 - 11:00 AM

Every answer possible comes to mind.

Something simple that just shows the constellations is always useful. I have an old spiral bound freebie from the Star Gazing Live events. Utterly basic but ideal idiot level and just for information.

 

Next is nothing too simple, 8 years olds are not stupid and know lots and lots, and a bit more. Was at a talk where an 8 year girl old floored a professor from MIT or Harvard one day. Absolutely brilliant, he took it well and offered to resign when he returned ti the US. This she found an "acceptable" form of apology.

 

Strange but how about Skysafari Plus, assumes she has a phone or tablet. Tablet is better. These days she likely has something and worth considering.



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Posted 27 September 2020 - 11:16 AM

When I refurb a basic telescope for a beginner I always try to include a used Turn Left at Orion or NightWatch with it. I get them used from Ebay, usually under $10.  TL@O has lots of drawings and diagrams that youngsters should be able to use quite well. These books show how to easily find all kinds of interesting stuff in the Cosmos. Also quite good for adults.


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Posted 27 September 2020 - 12:22 PM

Thank you for the suggestions. My wife has forwarded the info to her friend. It is exciting to hear when kids are excited about the night sky and have a small scope. It reminds me of when I was that young. My first scope was a small refractor with a metal plate mirror. It was junk and I did not use it much, but it started me out. It also helped that I had an uncle who made his own 12” reflector and built his own dome. I have been interested in the stars for about 60 years. Never grow tired of seeing the night sky, anywhere.

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Posted 28 September 2020 - 11:24 AM

I always recommend:  The Stars, by H.A.Rey.

 

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https://www.amazon.c...8-1&tag=mh0b-20

 

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Posted 02 October 2020 - 09:09 AM

365 starry nights.,by Chet Raymo. Our library had a copy and it is a great resourse for kids.,Very nicely illustrated.,good luck.m


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Posted 02 October 2020 - 11:21 AM

365 starry nights.,by Chet Raymo. Our library had a copy and it is a great resourse for kids.,Very nicely illustrated.,good luck.m

Indeed!  That was one that slipped my mind.  +1

 

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