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[Links are to entries for the book.]
The Sky - A User's Guide : David H. Levy

The perfect introduction for the novice astronomer, this book stirs the imagination and puts observation in a framework of social activity and personal adventure. Written by an award-winning amateur astronomer and columnist, it is a technical guide to the sky, full of helpful practical hints. The lively and fresh style of the author will engage, entertain, and inform the reader. Newcomers will learn how to enjoy the Moon, planets, comets, meteors, and distant galaxies observable through a small telescope. For instance, author Levy describes the features of the Moon from night to night; how to observe constellations in both Northern and Southern hemispheres; how best to view the stars, nebulae, and galaxies; how to follow the planets on their annual trek among the constellations; how to map the sky; how to find a new comet; how to buy or even make a telescope; what to see in a month of lunar observations or a year of stellar observation; and much more.  Beginners who have just joined an astronomy club or amateurs who wish to learn more about what can be accomplished with a small telescope will not find a better first book.

Seeing the Solar System : Fred Schaaf

The author provides the reader with a vast amount of projects regarding the sun, moon, planets and other bodies in our solar system which can be observed with the aid of only a basic telescope. Also describes various inexpensive filters helpful for planetary observation. Along with illustrations and hundreds of individual inquiries for the amateur astronomer to pursue, the author offers a section advising the reader on the proper use and care of a telescope and advantages and drawbacks regarding various types of telescopes available on today's market.  

40 Nights to Knowing the Sky : Fred Schaaf
The first practical, interactive guide for learning astronomy.

StarWare : Philip Harrington

A user-friendly guide offering all the necessary information for anyone purchasing a telescope, using one for the first time or upgrading current equipment. Includes a comparison of available telescopes describing which are best suited to specific needs. Contains scores of handy tips, diagrams, illustrations and activities and suggests what to look for in the night sky.  

How to Use an Astronomical Telescope : James Muirden

The subtitle "A Beginner’s Guide to Observing the Cosmos" could have omitted the word “beginner’s.” This book packs a lot of information for the experienced amateur. The text goes much deeper than the little techniques I have seen in other observing guides, like averted vision and proper dark adaptation. It provides specific recommendations for most types of celestial targets suitable for amateur telescopes.  

Turn Left at Orion : Guy Consolmagno and Dan Davis

Owners of small telescopes will appreciate this revised edition of a classic, which has been updated to AD 2006, and which includes hundreds of night sky objects easily viewed by the home observer. From seasonal challenges in making observations to locating common guideposts and visible clusters, this is the home astronomer's 'bible'.  

The Backyard Astronomer's Guide : Terence Dickinson and Alan Dyer

An essential reference tool for both beginning and veteran sky observers. Drawing on decades of stargazing experience, the authors suggest what equipment to buy and what to avoid, describe observing techniques, and explain how to hunt down the most interesting celestial objects. Each chapter is illustrated with the latest, breathtaking astrophotography.


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