Beginning Astronomy Essentials

A Listmania! list by EW (KS, USA)
The list author says: "I field a lot of questions about "getting into" astronomy. My philosophy: begin with binoculars, a good planisphere, a good atlas and a few good books and at least one magazine subscription to keep you interest up; join a local astronomy club before buying a telescope, attend your local club's star parties."
Orion 09351 UltraView 10x50 Wide-Angle Binoculars (Black)
1.  Orion 09351 UltraView 10x50 Wide-Angle Binoculars (Black) by Orion
The list author says:
  "You should get a good pair of binoculars. 7X50 is OK, but most astronomers like 10X50. If you are buying for a kid, the 7X50 are easier to hold. Avoid high-power (like 20x80) as a first pair. This pair of Orion is a good choice. But even a very inexpensive pair is good for a start."
$162.19
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The Night Sky 40°-50° (Large) Star Finder
2.  The Night Sky 40°-50° (Large) Star Finder by David S. Chandler
The list author says:
  "A planisphere will show you "whats up" on any given night. This one works if you are between 40-50 degrees North. This is the one I use."
$10.67   Used & New from: $8.05
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Guide to the Stars
3.  Guide to the Stars by David H. Levy
The list author says:
  "This the Levy Planisphere would also be a good choice. I think I will order it myself, you can never have enough planispheres!"
$17.55   Used & New from: $17.23
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

Sky & Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas
4.  Sky & Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas by Roger W. Sinnott
The list author says:
  "My choice for a good compact and very useful atlas, especially useful for binoculars."
$16.04   Used & New from: $9.97
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe
5.  NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe by Terence Dickinson
The list author says:
  "Great introduction to amateur astronomy covering most of the topics of interest to amateurs."
$26.28   Used & New from: $13.77
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (292 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Star Watch: The Amateur Astronomer's Guide to Finding, Observing, and Learning about Over 125 Celestial Objects
6.  Star Watch: The Amateur Astronomer's Guide to Finding, Observing, and Learning about Over 125 Celestial Objects by Philip S. Harrington
The list author says:
  "In my opinion, this is one of the most useful books on observing written for the beginning astronomer. An essential."
$14.81   Used & New from: $0.77
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

Turn Left at Orion: A Hundred Night Sky Objects to See in a Small Telescope - and How to Find Them
7.  Turn Left at Orion: A Hundred Night Sky Objects to See in a Small Telescope - and How to Find Them by Guy Consolmagno
The list author says:
  "Another essential observing book; one of the true classics."
Used & New from: $4.52
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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Orion RedBeam SP Self-Powered LED Flashlight
8.  Orion RedBeam SP Self-Powered LED Flashlight by Orion
The list author says:
  "I almost forgot to add one essential tool, a red light. Using a red light will save your night vision and permit you to read your sky atlas and books under the stars. Any red light will do, I like Orion's service."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Astronomy Hacks: Tips and Tools for Observing the Night Sky
9.  Astronomy Hacks: Tips and Tools for Observing the Night Sky by Robert Bruce Thompson
The list author says:
  "OK, you can't stand it--you have to investigate telescopes. Buy this book before you buy a telescope. In fact, buy this one now as the advice covers most areas of amateur astronomy. The Thompsons provide great advice and you will be using this book extensively. It is a good read."
$25.26   Used & New from: $4.99
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

365 Starry Nights : An Introduction to Astronomy for Every Night of the Year
10.  365 Starry Nights : An Introduction to Astronomy for Every Night of the Year by Chet Raymo
The list author says:
  "A great read for the beginning astronomer, you will learn a lot about the night sky."
$13.26   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

Sky & Telescope - May, 2010
11.  Sky & Telescope - May, 2010 by New Track Media
The list author says:
  "One of the two astronomy mag subscriptions I recommend. If you can only subscribe to one, purchase both at the news stand and make your choice. BTW: the poor ratings seem to apply to the e edition, not the print edition."
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1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Astronomy
12.  Astronomy Magazine Subscription Kalmbach Publ Co
The list author says:
  "One of the two astronomy mag subscriptions I recommend. If you can only subscribe to one, purchase both at the news stand and make your choice."
$42.95
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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