A few suggested books (with previews)

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A few suggested books (with previews)

Postby Gfamily2 » Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:44 pm

If people are just starting out, they often wonder if there are any books they should be getting.

I would recommend two - one of which is commonly recommended, but the other less so.

The commonly recommended one is "Turn Left at Orion" which is a very good starting place for people who want to learn how to find their way around the night sky.

It has a selection of interesting objects to look out for, covering Naked Eye, Binocular and Telescope observing. It is commonly recommended because it is very good.

The second book I would recommend is "Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders", and this one I really recommend, particularly if you're thinking of committing to the hobby.

The first 60 odd pages give you good solid advice about different types of telescopes, mounts, eyepieces, filters, books, charts and software - from a couple of astronomers who know their stuff. It also gives you the basic details you're likely to want to know about the different types of objects you're looking at.

The rest of the book covers the Constellations visible from mid latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere, with a list of the best targets visible in each. Most objects get a description and a finder chart that will (in theory) allow you to track it down by star-hopping. This really is a phenomenally comprehensive guide book (unless you're in the Southern Hemisphere), and remarkably well priced, considering how much it covers.
This one is less often recommended, but it deserves to be better known

The links in this post are to the Google Books preview views of these books, so you can get a good feel for how the books are laid out, and whether they will work for you.
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Re: A few suggested books (with previews)

Postby The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof » Tue Jun 26, 2018 5:40 pm

How can I be one with the universe when we don't know what 96% of it is.

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