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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 – 22 Sep 2011

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  • Spiral-bound: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 4 Revised & enlarged edition (22 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521153972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521153973
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 1.6 x 31 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
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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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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Cjgreenfield on 25 Dec. 2011
Format: Spiral-bound
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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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By judoka. on 17 Dec. 2011
Format: Spiral-bound
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Thomas on 16 Feb. 2012
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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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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By P. JACKSON on 1 Mar. 2012
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. TREW on 5 Jan. 2013
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I cannot recommend this book highly enough. My daughter, aged 11, asked for a telescope for Christmas so we decided to buy a beginner scope - a Skywatcher Heritage 130 - and some books to go along with it. I read other reviews about this book and based on them we purchased it too. It really is what you need when you buy a telescope, it has superb sections on the moon, the most important stars to learn your way about the night sky, and it shows what the sky will look like to the naked eye, through a finder scope or binoculars and a telescope - this is its unique feature that sets it apart from other books. There is enough in this book to set you going in the hobby and keep you at it for years to come. A must buy.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 Dec. 2012
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This review is for the Kindle edition.

As the other reviews say, this is an absolutely superb book. It explains things clearly and describes exactly what you can see, when to view and exactly what to expect. Too many astronomy books show glossy pictures taken using large professional scopes, leaving you with a sense of disappointment. This gives it to you how it really is.

Now for the bad news. The tables, pictures and diagrams are too small and of too low resolution to be read easily, many cannot be read at all.

This, of course, is no fault of the authors, but is a failing of the publisher's transcription to ebook. Yet again a good book fails on Kindle because the publisher cannot be bothered with quality control.

So, while it makes me sad to do so, I give the Kindle edition only 3 stars because of the poor quality of the scanned images and tables.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric Revsbech on 17 Nov. 2013
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I had just bought a very nice telescope (8" SCT).. but after struggling with simplest of alignments etc I had to do some reading. And this book was exactly what i needed. All the reviews said the same thing (about how good this was) so i was i little sceptical - it can't be that good. But they were all right. This book is simple easy (yet very very informative) and the maps included are simply brilliant.

NOTE: I had first bought this as a kindle addition, and that was useless. Not that anything was missing or that, just you have to have the big open book physically in hand to make any sense of it. Don't by the kindle addition, and even if you have get the real thing you won't regret it.
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