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National Audubon Society Pocket Guide to Constellations of the Northern Skies (National Audubon Society Pocket Guides) Paperback – April 25, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0679779988 ISBN-10: 0679779981

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Product Details

  • Series: National Audubon Society Pocket Guides
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (April 25, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679779981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679779988
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 4.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found this guide to be very helpful in learning some of the constellations for the first time.
Bryan M. Clark
This tiny book packs the only most useful information into the smallest usable size, small enough to fit in a shirt pocket.
Matthew Leo
This is a very useful book if you are a beginner or even someone who is moderately knowledgeable about astronomy.
Daniel Carey

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100 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Leo on November 12, 1998
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This tiny book packs the only most useful information into the smallest usable size, small enough to fit in a shirt pocket. I keep mine in my binocular case. It has compact overview maps showing constellations and a few selected objects by season, then constellation by constellation maps with greater detail and many objects which can be seen in binoculars or a small telescope. On the page facing each map is short, well written text describing the most interesting stars and deep sky objects on the map.
Because of its small size, it is limited to only the brightest stars and objects, but there is plenty detail for star hopping to interesting objects with the aid of a pair of binoculars. It is not a substitute for a serious field guide and star atlas, but begginers will find plenty to look for with this and more experienced stargazers will appreciate its convenience.
This book is a good way to learn your way around the sky. Remember, it takes some practice to learn how to read a star map and mentally rotate and project it onto the curved night sky. You get better at this with practice. I also suggest you get a small flashlight with a red filter.
Beginners wishing to learn constellations may also wish to consult Levitt and Marshall's classic "Star Maps for Begginers", which has much less cartographic detail (perhaps an advantage for learning the constellations). This book is much more useful on an ongoing basis, however.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Carey on December 24, 2008
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This is a very useful book if you are a beginner or even someone who is moderately knowledgeable about astronomy. I used my extensively recently with just a pair of binoculars and a comfy chair. The charts are easy to follow and nearly all the objects that are visible to the naked eye or with the aid of binoculars are in the book. Its compact size makes it portable. One drawback is that if you leave it outside the dew will warp it. A good book for someone interested in getting involved in astronomy but does not want to buy something more expensive. Handy also for more experienced amateur astronomers who want a reference that is portable, simple, and easy to use.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Skowronek on January 4, 2007
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Excellent book, it was an addition to the entire pocket guide series I bought for my 9 year old nephew, he loves this series, its just enough information to keep his attention and has sparked an interest in so many areas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amateur Stargazer on February 15, 2010
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This little guide has nice clear constellation charts. It doesn't take up much space so you can take it anywhere. It even fits in your pocket-- just like the other guides in this Audubon series. Interesting objects are listed for each constellation, and all of them are quite easy to find with binoculars or a small telescope. Constellations of the far southern hemisphere are not shown, but the book is useful in all of North America and other parts of the world which have those same latitudes. When you purchase this book you get a lot of information about the constellations and general astronomy in such a small format, and it is very inexpensive.
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By Ohioan on August 19, 2011
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This is a good pocket guide for beginners. Each of the major constellations of the Northern Hemisphere gets one page depicting the stars within the constellation and the stars around it, plus one page of information. (Lots of information: maybe too much to cram into one small page.) The constellations are depicted together in the winer sky, spring sky, and so on, and then they're depicted individually in alphabetical order.
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This is a handy little book. You might find it convenient to use with binoculars or a small scope if you don't want to lug a bunch of books and charts outside. I personally find that the sky charts in the front of the book are difficult to use, so you may want a planisphere or other more detailed "all sky" chart to use along with the book.
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This little book is stuffed with information. It is small, making the text hard to read. We use it with youth groups and scout groups for summer camp teaching. Its great for that purpose because it's small, pretty complete, and durable.
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I gave this to my 13 year old grandson along with a telescope for Christmas. I was worried that it would be too hard for him to understand and enjoy but it is perfect for a teen to understand and follow!
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