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Guide to the Stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2013
I needed to replace the old cardboard rotating star guide. Bought the other brand of one of these and was very disappointed with the inaccurate display area. This one is first rate. Simple but effective.
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on February 1, 2010
It`s amazing to think that from your back yard or balcony you may be able to see Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Mercury - millions and millions of miles away - with your unaided eyes - if you know where to look.

From your campsite or cottage you may be able to see the Andromeda Galaxy - so far away that the light from it`s billions of suns takes two million years to reach us. It`s shocking when you realize that when you look so deep into space you look millions of years back in time - to a time before human beings walked the earth.

You can see this distant galaxy with your unaided eyes - if only you know where to look.

The David Levy Guide To The Stars shows you where to look.

It`s easier to use than a star map, and it`s large format shows you more than any other planisphere I have seen.

If you are new to astronomy, get the David Levy Guide To The Stars and a good pair of 7x50 or 8x42 binoculars. Then you can see craters on our moon, Saturn, Jupiter and their moons, and dozens of deep sky objects including the Great Orion Nebula, the Jewel Box star cluster, the Lagoon Nebula and the Andromeda Galaxy.

Then get the Orion DeepMap Folding Star Chart and maybe a telescope to peer even deeper into the night sky.

Clear Skies!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2013
USED LAST NIGHT 10 OCT. AND DID EVERYTHING AS EXPECTED. IDEAL PLANISPHERE FOR THE AMATEUR, A SENSIBLE SIZE AND VERY FAIR PRICE WHEN BOUGHT FROM U.S. TOO DEAR IN U.K.!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2012
I love this thing. It's an essential part of every observing session. Only negative is that it is huge! In hindsight, I should have ordered the smaller one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2013
Worked better than I expected. Very good basic guide. Could have a few more stars named. Recommend to anyone wanting to learn stars and constellations.
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Constructed of plastic with a 16 inch diameter, this is the biggest and most durable planispheres on the market.

The front of the planisphere is outlined in the periphery by the months with notches for the hour of the evening that you are gazing. Three simple instructions outline what to do. There are various tips on the front based upon the season with constellations denoted by uppercase letters, names of stars in italics, and circled letters indicating objects viewed by binoculars or telescopes.

On the back of the planisphere, there is an introduction to star-gazing, tips on viewing, and various 'landmarks' in the sky. Factoids about the planets and moon are described, also. In the periphery of the planisphere are a timeline of milestones in astronomy. A link to other facts about astronomy are found on [...] whats out tonight . com (no spaces).

This invaluable resource is excellent for any stargazer (novice,beginner or intermediate).

This is a great complement to the Discovery Sky and Land Telescope from the Discovery Store:

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2012
This is the best Star Guide that you can have with you at night. I highly recommend it for any novice astronomer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2013
Large; clear, Sturdy; easy to use; just what I need to learn the location of the heavens and the stars .!!!!
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on March 27, 2014
This is a VERY nice and large Star map (16" version). It is easy to use and great for star-hopping. The only "problem" I have found is that some constellation shapes do NOT look like the majority of the shapes/pictures I've seen in other books. For example Virgo is a depicted as a large square and not shown as a woman laying among the stars. Also, Libra is depicted as a "kite" shaped object and I had to go look it up on-line to see how "scales" could be taken from the star group. Hey, maybe HE'S right and all others are wrong, but when I saw the shapes online and went back outside, they made perfect sense!!!

But, regardless, because of it's easy to use and easy to read, I HIGHLY recommend it and if I lost it, I buy this exactly same one!!!!
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on September 25, 2008
For $4, I learned how to find many major constellations. The only reason I don't know them all is because I haven't put in enough sky time year-round yet. It is very simple to use and it was a great joy for me to find my first bright stars and learn their names. I will say you get out of it what you put in and that means spending real time (i.e. hours) looking up at night getting your bearings and using bright stars to find other stars and constellations. If you do the work, you will have a lifetime of being able to look up and see old friends: constellations you know like your name. Oh, NO TELESCOPE REQUIRED. The guide shows mainly bright stars you can see with the naked eye even on nights with less than perfect conditions.
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