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#1 kas20amc02

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Posted 26 July 2021 - 04:09 PM

Hello everyone.  I am interested in doing more planetary observation this fall, as Jupiter and Saturn come back into view and want to buy a book that covers observing tips and facts about the planets.  Nothing tome-like please but a few hundred pages would be great   My knowledge base regarding the planets and their moons is low and something basic is just fine.  My observing goals are to follow the phases of Venus until the inferior opposition this winter, re-spot Mercury when it becomes feasible, looks for shadows, transits, etc of the Galilean moons and make a more detailed study of Saturn overall.  

 

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Posted 26 July 2021 - 04:16 PM

Hello everyone.  I am interested in doing more planetary observation this fall, as Jupiter and Saturn come back into view and want to buy a book that covers observing tips and facts about the planets.  Nothing tome-like please but a few hundred pages would be great   My knowledge base regarding the planets and their moons is low and something basic is just fine.  My observing goals are to follow the phases of Venus until the inferior opposition this winter, re-spot Mercury when it becomes feasible, looks for shadows, transits, etc of the Galilean moons and make a more detailed study of Saturn overall.  

 

Thanks,

Karl

Not an actual book, but I think you'd be pleased with the performance of Celestron's SkyPortal mobil app.

https://www.celestro...rtal-mobile-app

 

BTW - it's FREE.


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Posted 26 July 2021 - 05:32 PM

The Planet Observer's Handbook by Fred W. Price

 

is arguably a classic.

 

Used copies can be found for less than $10.  Most copies will be softcover.

 

-Sounds like the second edition included some updates.

 

Best wishes.

Dan


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Posted 07 August 2021 - 09:54 AM

Thanks.  I already own Sky Safari Pro, which is the platform for the Celestron's program.  It does have some good information.  

 

I will pick up the book.  

 

~Karl



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Posted 08 August 2021 - 08:49 AM

The Sky a User's Guide, by David Levy contains useful viewing information of the  planets Mars, Jupiter , Saturn and the Moon.   

 

Older observing guides  produced by the ALPO and BAA  are hard to located.

 

Found the one good online Jupiter Observing reference I had bookmarked.

 

 

 

https://britastro.or...r/programme.htm

 

http://www.alpo-astr...saturn/sat7.pdf

 

https://www.cloudyni...rn-how-to-r1323


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Posted 17 August 2021 - 11:59 PM

“Saturn and How to Observe It” by Julius L Benton, Jr., is a classic. Julius is executive director and Saturn observer for the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers, and has been observing Saturn for most of his life. I know him, and own the book, and it has been extremely helpful in allowing me to enhance my viewing skills.

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Posted 18 August 2021 - 08:24 PM

I ended up getting a used copy of the Planet Observer's Handbook on Amazon for $2.50.  I have read a few chapters so far and it has been very helpful.  I may check out some of these other suggestions as well.

 

 

~Karl




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