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I think this book is a great tool for beginners to learn the constellations and how to navigate the night sky. 

" Stikky Night Skies "   by  Laurence Holt  books  ISBN  1-932974-01-6

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Speaking as a newbie, 'Turn Left at Orion' and 'Making Every Photon Count' are a must have.

Thank-you for your recommendations   Lots of requests for Willmann-Bell's books. I just had a very positive phone conversation with Patricia at Willmann-Bell so watch this space...  Steve 

"The Stars: A new way to see them" by H. A. Rey ..... a wonderful book that got me started many, many years ago......

One of my favourites is still Norton's Star Atlas. There are better reference books and better atlases but as a single volume guide to everything it's highly recommended.

Norton star atlas, another vote for Interstallarium and making every photon count

As a first source of reference, I turn to my Norton Star Atlas also, it is now looking a bit used and " tatty" after 41 years but still excellent.

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....Lots of requests for Willmann-Bell's books. I just had a very positive phone conversation with Patricia at Willmann-Bell so watch this space.....

As I begin my 'Never buy from the US' life ...... this is EXCELLENT news. :)

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Another vote for the (entire) Willmann-Bell catalogue. Having a European distributor at sensible prices would be fantastic. I have lots of their books on my wish list (and quite a few on my shelves) but the postage they charge is prohibitive so I tend to buy them when I find myself over in that neck of the woods. And they've recently started a new deep sky observer series ...

Martin

I agree fully having ordered the book written by Albert highe building portable newtonian telescopes. It was an arm and a leg but very helpful.

On the purely astronomy based TLAO is a great starter and then a decent atlas of which there are many.

Damian

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I use " The Herschel 400 Observing guide" by Stephen James O'Meara, it's a very practical guide.

"Atlas of the Night Sky" by Storm Dunlop, especially for the Moon phases charts.

A great beginners manual, which is just packed is

"Stars and planets" by Ridpath and Tiron, a Collins pocket guide.

These in addition to PSA and a well thumbed and annotated Sissy Haas double star bible.

Returning to basics often revitalises even the old jaded performers out there !

Nick.

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I can vouch for the Interstellarum Deep Sky atlas, a superb work. Will bring mine to Lucksall if anybody wants a look. Sorry FLO, didn't realise you stocked it, else would have bought from you. It was a surprise pressie from Julie.

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