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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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'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
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.See all Product description
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It provides a huge list of interesting objects to sight, with directions to them and illustrations of what you might see through modest amateur telescopes.
The book is physically bigger than I had imagined - 270 X 310 mm. I write dates of sightings and notes in the margins.
I do most of my astronomy at the end of my garden where I have a shed that can accommodate a laptop. Using this book with the free planetarium program, Stellarium, is really useful. Clearly a planetarium program can show you more stars at the resolution you need than the best drawing in a book. If you are using visual star pattern recognition to find targets, rather than fancy guided telescopes, then that is handy. Using Stellarium and this book in tandem makes even the 'tricky' objects fairly easy to find.
If I had to recommend two books to somebody who had just purchased a telescope I would recommend this one. Then I would recommend this one again, as the first one gets rather messy in constant use, particularly if you keep writing all over it!
Too many people buy their first telescope only to put it away after looking at the moon as they are unaware what other facinating sights await them.
Many books which are 'written by enthusiasts for beginners' fall into the unskilled author trap of assuming the beginner has some basic knowledge which is obvious to the author. (One simple example being that the view in your scope can be inverted and or mirrored from that shown by their example. A source of great confusion otherwise).
The authors of this book have not fallen into this trap and have the skill of clearly imparting what you need to get started, giving examples of what you will see applicable to your viewing device, where to look for and find it etc. etc. Plus the skill to appeal to the more experienced without appearing to be talking down to them.
You only need to buy one book to get you, and keep you, on the path to an enjoyable hobby and this is it. So a well deserved full 5 stars.
Everything you need to know about stargazing is covered in this wonderfull book, were to find planets and constalations including easy to read sky maps , and in words we can actually understand.
This is quite a large and heavy-ish A4 size manual, and it has a clever spring wire spine so you can open the pages completly flat without having to bend the pages and risk damage to the book.
Dont be put off by the price, its actually very good value.
A wonderfull purchase for when outside stargazing or some light interseting bed time reading.