For Beginning Star Gazers & Backyard Astronomers

A Listmania! list by Arcturus70 "Arcturus70" (In the Orion Spur of the Milky Way Galaxy)
The list author says: "Getting into astronomy can be an exciting yet confusing affair! I offer some product ideas--some that I wish that I had when starting out and some that were tried and true for me when I jumped into the cosmos with both feet! :) These items are appropriate for astro newbies ages 9 to 99! (Although please note: children will required adult guidance and supervision with certain astro products and equipment.) The following items will appeal to new star fans and to casual star gazers. Folks with bigger space / science appetites will need to explorer meatier products beyond the scope of this list! ;-)

Regarding telescope purchases: do plenty of research before laying down any money; a problematic or bad scope can be a discouragement, especially for young people. I've found that Sky & Telescope Magazine, Astronomy Magazine, and Orion Telescopes websites offer some excellent information for folks who are considering telescope purchases. Please visit those sites and their help sections for great advice on astro equipment! Also check out Slooh.com! It's great fun and informative: audio shows, chats, live viewing, galleries, and more. Binoculars make a great first step into amateur astronomy because, for many people, binoculars are easy to use and more forgiving than telescopes. NOTE: Eyeglass wearers, read up on "eye relief" because this will be important to your personal comfort for certain types of viewing equipment.

Some great informative websites about astronomy:

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/howto/basics
http://www.space.com/spacewatch/index.html
http://stardate.org/nightsky/
http://www.skymaps.com/ [excellent site!]
http://www.kidsastronomy.com/
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/astronomy/
http://www.cloudynights.com/
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
http://www.backyard-astro.com/
http://www.darksky.org/
http://www.cleardarksky.com/csk/"
Astronomy
1.  Astronomy Magazine Subscription Kalmbach Publ Co
The list author says:
  "Excellent monthly sky charts and articles! I look forward to my copy each month."
$42.95
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

Slooh Unlimited Minute Mission Card
2.  Slooh Unlimited Minute Mission Card by Slooh
The list author says:
  "Slooh.com is fantastic! A telescope that comes with friends! Slooh has chat forums and galleries too! You can also take pictures of the objects you view with Slooh scopes. [I am a member myself!]"
Out of stock
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

Orion 09351 UltraView 10x50 Wide-Angle Binoculars (Black)
3.  Orion 09351 UltraView 10x50 Wide-Angle Binoculars (Black) by Orion
The list author says:
  "Cool!"
$175.09   Used & New from: $161.96
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

Orion RedBeam SP Self-Powered LED Flashlight
4.  Orion RedBeam SP Self-Powered LED Flashlight by Orion
The list author says:
  "Great when you need a light at night, but you also need to protect your dark adaption! :) I love this product!"
Out of stock
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Celestron 21024 FirstScope Telescope
5.  Celestron 21024 FirstScope Telescope by Celestron
The list author says:
  "An entry level telescope for the Year of Astronomy! But look at the T-Scopes further in this list before you choose this one!  Research your t-scope carefully before you buy! :)"
$39.95   Used & New from: $32.50
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (505 customer reviews)

Orion 10014 SkyQuest XT4.5 Classic Dobsonian Telescope
6.  Orion 10014 SkyQuest XT4.5 Classic Dobsonian Telescope by Orion
The list author says:
  "Great as a beginning scope for young people or for families with young people. Adults new to stargazing probably should probably go for the Orion SkyQuest XT6. Investigate all scopes though before making a selection!"
$267.99
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

Orion 8944 SkyQuest XT6 Classic Dobsonian Telescope
7.  Orion 8944 SkyQuest XT6 Classic Dobsonian Telescope by Orion
The list author says:
  "My school uses these for astronomy labs! Great product! See the Moon as you've never seen it; Messier Objects; some planets; nebula; and other amazing sky stuff. (Great view of Saturn--with the right eye piece, even some moons!) This is a great scope for beginner's and for folks who get frustrated with refractors and tripods/mounts."
$309.99
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

Orion 10015 StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector Telescope (Teal)
8.  Orion 10015 StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector Telescope (Teal) by Orion
The list author says:
  "Great views from this little scope! I have one! Grabbed some great views of the moon, star clusters, Saturn, Orion Nebula,  Taurus, etc. Tiny little Mars, the Red Planet, shows as a penny-like disk--with the right eye piece."
$205.99
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

Celestron SkyScout Personal Planetarium
9.  Celestron SkyScout Personal Planetarium by Celestron
The list author says:
  "SkyScout, itself! This product really helped me explore the sky for myself. // The competing product is Meade's MySky, but I am not impressed with that one because it looks too much like a gun."
$450.00   Used & New from: $179.83
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)

Night Sky Tracker: Backyard Astronomer's Logbook
10.  Night Sky Tracker: Backyard Astronomer's Logbook by Leslie Alan Horvitz
The list author says:
  "Record what you see! It really gives you a great feeling to watch your viewing habits grow."
Used & New from: $0.75
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Orion 9946 ShortTube 80-T Refractor Telescope
11.  Orion 9946 ShortTube 80-T Refractor Telescope by Orion
The list author says:
  "Cool little t-scope! Need mount... // Moon fans should love this scope. // It can be a great grab n go!"
$179.94   Used & New from: $169.99
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

Starfinder
12.  Starfinder by Carole Stott
The list author says:
  "One of my favorites!"
Used & New from: $0.48
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Astro-Pack all you need to know for Astronomy hobby, contains Star Finder, Star Chart, Night Sky and Planisphere in a hard bound box
13.  Astro-Pack all you need to know for Astronomy hobby, contains Star Finder, Star Chart, Night Sky and Planisphere in a hard bound box by Robin Scagell
The list author says:
  "This is fantastic for the new Astro person! Makes a great addition for a new telescope."
Used & New from: $0.25
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Orion Stargazer"s Toolkit
14.  Orion Stargazer"s Toolkit by Orion
The list author says:
  "Sweet! Learn how to explore and what to see! Good moon stuff!"
$39.91
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Flents Eye Patch Regular One Size Fits All - 1 ea
15.  Flents Eye Patch Regular One Size Fits All - 1 ea by Orion
The list author says:
  "Have trouble keeping one eye closed? I do!"
$4.66   Used & New from: $1.49
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)

Starry Night Enthusiast 6.0 Win/Mac
16.  Starry Night Enthusiast 6.0 Win/Mac by Imaginova
The list author says:
  "Starry Night software comes in handy on cloudy nights! // There are many versions of the Starry Night program, so read product details very carefully to ensure you get what you need for your level."
Used & New from: $39.99
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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The Grand Tour: A Traveler's Guide to the Solar System
17.  The Grand Tour: A Traveler's Guide to the Solar System by Ron Miller
The list author says:
  "A fantastic book!"
$19.95   Used & New from: $0.99
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

USAopoly Night Sky Monopoly
18.  USAopoly Night Sky Monopoly by USAopoly
The list author says:
  "Play the game a new way!"
Used & New from: $44.99
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Zodiac: Celestial Circle of the Sun
19.  Zodiac: Celestial Circle of the Sun by Jacqueline Mitton
Used & New from: $0.61
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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The Stars: A New Way to See Them
20.  The Stars: A New Way to See Them by H. A. Rey
The list author says:
  "I love the explanation of circumpolar in this book! :) It's a fun read."
Used & New from: $0.01
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)

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Stories in the Stars (Dot to Dot in the Sky)
21.  Stories in the Stars (Dot to Dot in the Sky) by Joan Marie Galat
The list author says:
  "Cool! One of my favorites! Lots of fun facts!"
$10.72   Used & New from: $0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Astronomy For Dummies
22.  Astronomy For Dummies by Stephen P. Maran
The list author says:
  "I was a Dummy once..."
Used & New from: $0.03
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Astronomy, 4th Edition
23.  The Complete Idiot's Guide to Astronomy, 4th Edition by Christopher Gordon De Pree
The list author says:
  "Fun!"
Used & New from: $4.78
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Astronomy for All Ages: Discovering The Universe Through Activities For Children And Adults
24.  Astronomy for All Ages: Discovering The Universe Through Activities For Children And Adults by Philip S. Harrington
The list author says:
  ":) Family time!"
$17.85   Used & New from: $3.00
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Sky at Night, The
25.  Sky at Night, The by Robin Kerrod
The list author says:
  "Cool!"
Used & New from: $0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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A Constellation Album: Stars and Mythology of the Night Sky
26.  A Constellation Album: Stars and Mythology of the Night Sky by David H. Levy
The list author says:
  "Great product!"
Used & New from: $1.34
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Turn Left at Orion: A Hundred Night Sky Objects to See in a Small Telescope - and How to Find Them
27.  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:
  "Excellent!"
Used & New from: $3.83
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Night Sky (National Audubon Society Field Guides)
28.  National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Night Sky (National Audubon Society Field Guides) by NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY
The list author says:
  "Cool! // Try to get the newest version possible."
$17.21   Used & New from: $1.39
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

A Field Guide to Stars and Planets (Peterson Field Guides)
29.  A Field Guide to Stars and Planets (Peterson Field Guides) by Jay M. Pasachoff
The list author says:
  ":) Great facts and photos!"
$15.31   Used & New from: $0.03
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

Hubbard Scientific Astronomy Study Prints, set/12
30.  Hubbard Scientific Astronomy Study Prints, set/12 by American Educational Products
The list author says:
  "Cool!"
Out of stock

Star Maps: History, Artistry, and Cartography (Springer Praxis Books / Popular Astronomy)
31.  Star Maps: History, Artistry, and Cartography (Springer Praxis Books / Popular Astronomy) by Nick Kanas
The list author says:
  "Clever!"
Used & New from: $31.15
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Constellation Finder: A guide to patterns in the night sky with star stories from around the world
32.  Constellation Finder: A guide to patterns in the night sky with star stories from around the world by Dorcas S. Miller
The list author says:
  "Neat!"
$5.95   Used & New from: $1.75
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Uncle Milton Moon In My Room
33.  Uncle Milton Moon In My Room by Uncle Milton
The list author says:
  "Watch the moon in your room! Cool nightlight! Makes a good gift for children who do not like the dark."
$29.99   Used & New from: $21.95
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,619 customer reviews)

National Audubon Society First Field Guide: Night Sky (Audubon Guides)
34.  National Audubon Society First Field Guide: Night Sky (Audubon Guides) by Wil Tirion
The list author says:
  "For children, Age 9-12"
Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Astronomy Knowledge Cards
35.  Astronomy Knowledge Cards by Pomegranate
The list author says:
  ":)"
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Constellations Knowledge Cards Deck
36.  Constellations Knowledge Cards Deck by Pomegranate
The list author says:
  "Sweet!"
$8.70   Used & New from: $4.20
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Discovery Kids Glow Star Globe
37.  Discovery Kids Glow Star Globe by Discovery Kids
Used & New from: $20.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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AMZ Replogle Orion 12" Black Illum Globe - 81501
38.  AMZ Replogle Orion 12" Black Illum Globe - 81501 by Replogle
$100.95   Used & New from: $98.31
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

Constellations Dot-to-Dot
39.  Constellations Dot-to-Dot by Evan Kimble
The list author says:
  "Cool!"
Used & New from: $0.98
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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