50 Things to See with a Small Telescope explores the planets, stars, galaxies and nebulae visible from your own backyard! The book includes easy to follow star maps and eclipse charts updated through the year 2030. With the "Telescope View" feature, you will see how objects appear when viewed through a small telescope. This book will help you: - Choose the telescope that's right for your budget - Identify prominent stars and major constellations - See bright nebulae and globular clusters - Explore the Moon and planets - View comets and asteroids - Track the Space Station and spot satellite flairs - So much more!
This delightful book covers the 50 things to see and some of them are: 'North Star, Venus, Orion Nebula, Mars, Jupiter, The Milky Way, Comets, the International Space Station, and even birds'. Just a fascinating read for me which I will go back and refer to after my telescope is purchased. At the end of the book there are schedules for total solar eclipses and Constellation maps for the Northern Hemisphere. I would say that this is an excellent as well as educational book for all ages! - Top 500 Amazon Reviewer
I have read many astronomy books and I have to say this one is special. It is fun to read with very useful navigation sky charts pinpointing the targets relative to the star patterns. The book doesn't give false expectation of visual astronomy by showing colorful DSO images. The whole presentation is simple but concise. Best if one can make reference to Stellarium or SkySafari as reading along. A virtual sky tour! Very outstanding book indeed.
- Amazon Customer (anonymous review of the Southern Hemisphere edition)As a complete beginner with a telescope, I found this book to be very helpful. It is very simple to read and the celestial locations are detailed and easy to spot. The book will open you up to a whole universe of beautiful galaxies and nebulae, when you're ready to go beyond just the moon and planets. Seeing the Andromeda Galaxy, Crab Nebula, Orion, Bodies and the Cigar Galaxy were spectacular, utilizing this book.
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John Read is an amateur astronomer and writer living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After leaving a rewarding career in corporate finance in California, John returned home to Nova Scotia to study astrophysics at Saint Mary's University. He is now a telescope operator at the Burke-Gaffney Observatory.