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Monthly Sky Guide (8TH 09 Edition) by Ian Ridpath
Monthly Sky Guide (8TH 09 Edition)

Anthony in SF, November 18, 2011

This slender, inexpensive, lavishly illustrated volume is the best possible introduction for the beginning skywatcher. Ian Ridpath weaves together vivid descriptions of what you see in the sky with ancient mythology, the history of astronomy, and current scientific understanding. Will Tirion’s charts and illustrations are perfectly integrated with the text. Brief introductory chapters cover the basics of astronomy, how to get oriented and find your way around in the sky, and how to observe the planets and the moon, with detailed maps of the moon. Each monthly chapter includes a comprehensive all-sky map, a brief orientation to that month’s bright stars and prominent constellations, and in-depth discussion and atlas-quality charts of one or two important constellations. I refer to my now slightly dog-eared copy regularly for a couple of years now, and I've given away a half dozen as gifts.
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Starfinder by Giles Sparrow and Carole Stott

Anthony in SF, November 18, 2011

This is a lovely book and an excellent introduction to skywatching and astronomy for children and adults. The book is thoughtfully organized, beautifully laid out, and lavishly illustrated. The authors explain the material in simple language that is understandable to children but not condescending to adults. I have a copy myself and I'm buying another as a gift. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the night sky.
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