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Turn Left at Orion: Hundreds of Night Sky Objects to See in a Home Telescope - and How to Find Them [Spiral-bound]

Guy Consolmagno , Dan M. Davis
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Book Description

22 Sep 2011
With over 100,000 copies sold since first publication, this is one of the most popular astronomy books of all time. It is a unique guidebook to the night sky, providing all the information you need to observe a whole host of celestial objects. With a new spiral binding, this edition is even easier to use outdoors at the telescope and is the ideal beginner's book. Keeping its distinct one-object-per-spread format, this edition is also designed for Dobsonian telescopes, as well as for smaller reflectors and refractors, and covers Southern hemisphere objects in more detail. Large-format eyepiece views, positioned side-by-side, show objects exactly as they are seen through a telescope, and with improved directions, updated tables of astronomical information and an expanded night-by-night Moon section, it has never been easier to explore the night sky on your own. Many additional resources are available on the accompanying website,

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  • Spiral-bound: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 4 Revised & enlarged edition (22 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521153972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521153973
  • Product Dimensions: 30.7 x 25.9 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This is quite possibly the most inviting guidebook ever written to help people with binoculars and small telescopes find, view, understand, and, most of all, enjoy everything in the night sky from the Moon and planets to distant star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. And if you think it's only for beginners, think again - every telescope owner should have a copy.' Dennis di Cicco, Senior Editor, Sky and Telescope

'Turn Left at Orion is an essential guide for both beginners and more experienced amateur astronomers who will find much inside to reinvigorate their passion for the stars. The diagrams are simple, clear and functional, and the text eloquently captures the excitement of observing. Stargazing has never been made so easy and if you buy just one book on observational astronomy, make sure it's this one.' Keith Cooper, Editor, Astronomy Now

'Since it first appeared in 1989, Turn Left at Orion has been an indispensable guidebook for the amateur astronomer possessing nothing more than a small backyard telescope. In this fourth edition, Guy Consolmagno and Dan Davis have revised, updated, and expanded its scope. This is not only an essential handbook for the novice, it's a useful reference for the seasoned backyard astronomer. Simply put, whatever your level of experience, you must have this book!' Glenn Chaple, Contributing Editor, Astronomy

'An exceptionally useful text, irrespective of whether you are a novice observer or a seasoned veteran. The changes that have been made to the book are so substantial that even those who own earlier ones will find it refreshingly new. It's not just recommended, it's simply a must have!' Astronomy Now

'This superb guide to locating and observing celestial bodies should be supplied with beginners' telescopes as a matter of course.' BBC Sky at Night Magazine

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Written for beginners, this superb book is a complete guide to the night sky. Now covering Southern hemisphere objects and Dobsonian telescopes in detail, it has never been easier for stargazers of all ages and backgrounds to find celestial objects for themselves.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars should be packed with every new telescope . 17 Dec 2011
By judoka.
quite simply the best book a novice can have by his/her side when looking at the heavens.
very well presented. realistic drawings and diagrams.
each object shown through the apeture of small scope(3-4") as well as larger apetures(8-10")
large sections on the moon and planets,when and how to observe them.
this should be packed with every new telescope ,it really is that beneficial to a beginner .
large pages,large text ,spiral bound.and all tables up to 2024.
brilliant .
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Primer for all amateur stargazers 25 Dec 2011
I have an earlier copy of this book - it is a "must have" for everyone who has an interest in practical astronomy! Forget glossy, colourful, Hubble - quality images; instead you get simple, black and white drawings - why? The book replicates what you can expect to see in the eyepiece in the field whilst observing. In fact, the pages have been designed to be visible whilst using red light, so you can pack it with your scope for use at the eyepiece!

If you do not want to be reliant on a GoTo telescope system, then you learn to "Star hop" and this book is without doubt the best way to learn to see the most interesting objects in the night sky with a small telescope. For those starting out, this is a practical guide to help you "learn your way around the sky".
You get a section on "Where to look" an "in the finderscope" diagram and description to help you find the object and then an "in the telescope" description and diagram. The book is broken down into seasons, so you will not waste time looking for something that is below the horizon.
Does exactly what it says on the cover.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy the hard copy NOT the eBook 6 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I originally bought the eBook version as I'm a big fan of the eBook concept but this eBook version is almost unusable.

1. The text flow is occasionally random and some passage arbitrarily repeat so it's very hard to follow the text.
2. The illustrations seem to have the wrong captions
3. The resolution of the illustrations is very much inferior to the hard copy

After two days of trying to read the eBook version I gave in, returned it for a refund and went and bought the hard cop, which is fantastic. I can also fully understand why this is such a bad eBook adaptation as the original is not your average book for an eBook conversion, There are illustrations on every page and often as many as 10 per page each with a caption and often a piece of explanatory text which is distinct from the main text and the main text often plays second fiddle in layout terms to the illustrations and accompanying explanations. My only surprise is that it made it this far without someone realizing it was never going to be a good enough facsimile.

Great book in hard copy, just a terrible eBook.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astronomy masterclass 1 Mar 2012
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
Too often people get interested in astronomy on the back of some excellent TV program or other, think Prof Brian Cox, only to lose interest. They seem to think everything is in glorious technicolor and will be absolutely huge. This is the book not only for them but for established astronomers as well. It takes you gently and clearly into an understanding of just what there is to see,how to navigate to the areas and a realistic description of what you will see. I would thoroughly recommend this to anybody thinking about taking up astronomy, get it even before you get a telescope. I have even turned off the computerized controls on my own telescope and gone back to basics with this book and had some great nights observing. This is not a book just for the library it's something you should take with you every time you go out. And on those oh so frequent UK cloudy nights, plan your next observing session and learn a bit more about the phenomena you will be seeing, without being blinded by science.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable 20 April 2012
By AndrewH
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
This book was recommended to me on a stargazer's forum and it's the best astronomical purchase I have made since the telescope. There are clear diagrams to help you find lots of interesting objects, including double stars, star clusters and galaxies. It can be hard work: depending on the set-up of your scope you may have to follow the diagrams in mirror image. However I can testify that there is immense satisfaction to be gained from following a trail from this book and finding a faint smudge of light in exactly the right place to be another galaxy. It has to be more fun than using Goto mounts, and a lot cheaper too!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good buy 16 Feb 2012
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
Quite simply, this book delivers what is said on the box.

This version is bound into a spring binder as opposed to a conventional book spine, so it lays flat and neatly on a collapsible table next to the telescope (a favourite arrangement of mine when observing).

There are plenty of comparisons of the merits between the various types of telescope at the start before the book moves on to cover what the main topic is about - planets, moons, stars and other heavenly structures.

It's a pity that telescope manufacturers do not include this book with the equipment they sell. I'm sure their sales would increase as a result.

I'm the fourth reviewer of this book and the three previous ones have all given it a rating of five, and this is well deserved.

A great buy for the novice (like me now) and advanced users (like the one I hope to become!).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Liked the spiral binder allows book to be opened to ...
Bought as a gift. Liked the spiral binder allows book to be opened to specific page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good astronomy book for casual astronomers
New larger format for easier reading, and full of useful charts and tips for astronomers starting out or experienced alike.
Published 27 days ago by MARK HUTTON
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT BOOK
I bought this book on the recommendation of many amateur astronomers who regard this as possibly the best of books showing how to enjoy astronomy and I haven't been disappointed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by blackdragon
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but flawed
The best thing about this book is the absence of satellite images of objects. All objects are drawn, and drawn as you would see them under ideal (ie very dark) conditions through... Read more
Published 1 month ago by albol
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent beginners guide
In these days of goto mounts and digital imagery from Hubble and terrestrial images it's easy to forget that the Mk1 eyeball and a basic understanding of where things are in the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrew Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars This is ideal
Perfect item for someone wishing to learn more about astronomy. Not too technical yet not childish easy to read

thank you
Published 2 months ago by dee
5.0 out of 5 stars starter pack
Ordered this with the philips starter pack and combined they tell you every thing you need to know to get started in astronomy. Read more
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