- 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 (160 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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.
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.
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.
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!).
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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Great book. Large pages and spiral bound for easy use in the field. Lots of detailed background information on the objects that motivate repeat viewings. Read morePublished 18 days ago by S. Mackintosh
Very well written with an understanding of many amateurs real needs as they struggle to get their new hobby under the starts to work. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jeshe Njing Po
Can't imagine a better book to have me in awe at the night sky week in week out! Bought it a month ago and used it every time I've been out since.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is widely regarded as a 'must have' for any astronomer - I can't argue with that. Very easy to read, simple descriptions of how to find loads of interesting objects in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by David Pickles