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Cons Tellations of the Northern Sky (National Audubon Society pocket guides) Paperback – 1 Apr 1995

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred A Knopf (April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679779981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679779988
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1 x 10.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,895,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

MARK R. CHARTRAND served as the Executive Director of the National Space Institute--now called the National Space Society--from 1980 to 1984. He received his Ph.D. in Astronomy from Case Western Reserve University.

WIL TIRION is a reknowned Dutch uranographer. He is the author of Sky Atlas 2000.0.

GARY MECHLER holds a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Case Western Reserve University. He teaches at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona.

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This tiny book packs the only most useful information into the smallest usable size, small enough to fit in a shirt pocket. I keep mine in my binocular case. It has compact overview maps showing constellations and a few selected objects by season, then constellation by constellation maps with greater detail and many objects which can be seen in binoculars or a small telescope. On the page facing each map is short, well written text describing the most interesting stars and deep sky objects on the map.
Because of its small size, it is limited to only the brightest stars and objects, but there is plenty detail for star hopping to interesting objects with the aid of a pair of binoculars. It is not a substitute for a serious field guide and star atlas, but begginers will find plenty to look for with this and more experienced stargazers will appreciate its convenience.
This book is a good way to learn your way around the sky. Remember, it takes some practice to learn how to read a star map and mentally rotate and project it onto the curved night sky. You get better at this with practice. I also suggest you get a small flashlight with a red filter.
Beginners wishing to learn constellations may also wish to consult Levitt and Marshall's classic "Star Maps for Begginers", which has much less cartographic detail (perhaps an advantage for learning the constellations). This book is much more useful on an ongoing basis, however.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful book for beginners and others 24 Dec. 2008
By Daniel Carey - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very useful book if you are a beginner or even someone who is moderately knowledgeable about astronomy. I used my extensively recently with just a pair of binoculars and a comfy chair. The charts are easy to follow and nearly all the objects that are visible to the naked eye or with the aid of binoculars are in the book. Its compact size makes it portable. One drawback is that if you leave it outside the dew will warp it. A good book for someone interested in getting involved in astronomy but does not want to buy something more expensive. Handy also for more experienced amateur astronomers who want a reference that is portable, simple, and easy to use.
3.0 out of 5 stars Convient To Use With Binoculars Or A Scope 29 Jun. 2014
By Steve - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a handy little book. You might find it convenient to use with binoculars or a small scope if you don't want to lug a bunch of books and charts outside. I personally find that the sky charts in the front of the book are difficult to use, so you may want a planisphere or other more detailed "all sky" chart to use along with the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 Aug. 2016
By David Robbins - Published on Amazon.com
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i love this book
5.0 out of 5 stars Great constellations book! 26 Dec. 2013
By cherokeeupnorth - Published on Amazon.com
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I gave this to my 13 year old grandson along with a telescope for Christmas. I was worried that it would be too hard for him to understand and enjoy but it is perfect for a teen to understand and follow!
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty complete, for such a small guide 3 Dec. 2012
By Kate Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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This little book is stuffed with information. It is small, making the text hard to read. We use it with youth groups and scout groups for summer camp teaching. Its great for that purpose because it's small, pretty complete, and durable.
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