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Hi Folks...... Newbie here checking in.

I'm hoping to rekindle my intrest in astronomy from when I was a young lad. So I think probably ought to do some reading up before I plunge into it. I sure a lot of this can be done on the internet nowadays, but I'm after an 'astonomy for idiots' type of book that's going to go through the basics that can be my companion for the next few months. But also one that contains info that I can refer to for years to come.

After trawling through various websites I've come across 'The Star Guide' by Robin Kerrod. Would this come recommended by any of you guys or is there something more suitable out there.

Many Thanks,

Tony.

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As a newbie myself I did a fair amount of research into well regarded intro books. Top of the list (and now in my possession) was Turn Left at Orion. So, yeah, what they said!

I also picked up Nightwatch by Terence Dickinson, which is a good read. It's also spiral bound which is really practical when using the star charts.

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TLAO is good but it has a relatively short list of objects (100 or so) and you'll soon get through them

Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders: From Novice to Master Observer DIY Science: Amazon.co.uk: Robert Bruce Thompson, Barbara Fritchman Thompson: Books

is in my view better still (and cheaper). Personally, I have both and still lust for more. :)

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TLAO is good but it has a relatively short list of objects (100 or so) and you'll soon get through them

Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders: From Novice to Master Observer DIY Science: Amazon.co.uk: Robert Bruce Thompson, Barbara Fritchman Thompson: Books

is in my view better still (and cheaper). Personally, I have both and still lust for more. :D

In which case you need the Sanner and Kepple Night Sky Observer's Guide in two, nay three, volumes! I don't have the southern sky volume but the others are commodious and will keep you busy... forever!! The old film images which accompany the text have a charm of their own and are perfectly good indications of what to look for visually.

http://www.willbell.com/handbook/nitesky.htm

For an overview of the science I started with a second hand copy of this, many years ago.

Restless Universe, Nigel Henbest, Heather Couper, Good - eBay (item 170588337658 end time Feb-07-11 11:17:17 PST)

But for a big, yet very readable, astronomy bible, this is glorious and will never be far from my side;

Amazon.com: Universe (9780716727873): Kaufmann: Books

Olly

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Turn left at Orion is good but only really gives you info on where to find DOS's and planets season by season. If you want more info on equipment such as telescopes, eyepieces and accessories I found 'Nightwatch' an excellent book and still use the star charts on a regular basis. Also by the same authors and as mentioned above 'The Backyard Astronomers Guide' is also excellent with a wealth of information on every subject you can imagine.

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In which case you need the Sanner and Kepple Night Sky Observer's Guide in two, nay three, volumes! I don't have the southern sky volume but the others are commodious and will keep you busy... forever!! The old film images which accompany the text have a charm of their own and are perfectly good indications of what to look for visually.

Night Sky Observer's Guide by George Kepple, Glenn Sanner, Jenni Kay amd Ian Cooper

For an overview of the science I started with a second hand copy of this, many years ago.

Restless Universe, Nigel Henbest, Heather Couper, Good - eBay (item 170588337658 end time Feb-07-11 11:17:17 PST)

But for a big, yet very readable, astronomy bible, this is glorious and will never be far from my side;

Amazon.com: Universe (9780716727873): Kaufmann: Books

Olly

cheers Olly

I have waited for such a recommendation as this for the Sanner and Kepple books. They and the last book are already on my Amazon wish list (so I don't forget!) and the second one is now too!

I just ordered a copy of Burnhams Celestial which is describes as '3 Volumes' in the title of the ad but for £4.53 I suspect it will only be one of them. Still not bad as a taster for that price even if it is only one of them.

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