Beginners' Books

Turn Left at Orion

Consolmagno, Guy & Davis, Dan: Turn Left at Orion

The new edition of this excellent book, packed with viewing tips and clear instruction. Also realistic drawings of what you can expect to actually see.

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In Search of the Big Bang

Gribbin, John: In Search of the Big Bang

The best introduction to Big Bang. Very well written and explained. Recommended.

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Photo-Guide to the Constellations

Kitchin, Chris: Photo-Guide to the Constellations

The photographs of the sky as it actually looks under a variety of conditions, coupled with a detailed guide to star-hopping and other useful techniques, will enable you to quickly and easily gain a working knowledge of the constellations.

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Observing Variable Stars

Levy, David H.: Observing Variable Stars: A Guide for the Beginner

A good introduction to this fascinating branch of astronomy, where the amateur still makes a valuable contribution. Has good charts and seasonal observing suggestions.

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Levy, David H.: Skywatching

An attractive and comprehensive introduction for the beginner, with charts by the lauded Wil Tirion. Suitable for about age 12 to adult.

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Collins Gem: Stars

Ridpath, Ian and Tirion, Wil: Collins Gem: Stars

This little "gem" is often overlooked by serious astronomers, but its small format (8cm x 11.5cm) gives you a star atlas in your shirt pocket! Separate chart for each constellation, down to mag 5. Lots of DSOs, including the Messiers, are marked.

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The Monthly Sky Guide

Ridpath, Ian & Tirion, Wil: The Monthly Sky Guide

Clear and simple introduction for beginners of all ages.
Recommended.

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Night Has a Thousand Eyes

Upgren, Arthur: Night Has a Thousand Eyes

This is, quite simply, the best introduction to naked eye astronomy yet written. Upgren weaves a remarkable book that takes the reader to a greater depth of understanding and knowledge than any other book aimed at a similar readership. The style is captivating and the explanations have a simplicity that comes from a mastery of the subject matter.
Highly recommended.

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