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Secrets of Stargazing: Skywatching Tips and Tricks (Sky & Telescope: Astronomy for Everyone) Paperback – September 1, 2007
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Follow the advice in Becky Ramotowski's observing primer and you'll be feelign like an expert stargazer in no time -- because you'll be one. If you're new to amateur astronomy, not certain how to use your first telescope, or just want to learn more about the stars above your head, you'll find this book an invaluable aid.
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After you get through Ramotowski, you might then check out another solid intermediate book, the Thompsons' "Astronomy Hacks: Tips and Tools for Observing the Night Sky" from O'Reilly. It's not exhaustive, but has great practical advice, and is a good next lesson.
Ramotowski also, thankfully, dispenses with the too-often-patronizing overview of the science of the sky -- The ever-so-ho-hum "Here's what makes a star glow" chapters -- which you practically pick up by osmosis from any of the thousands of books available on the subject. If you're looking for a book that will both get you started with that and keep you engrossed for just as many months, the standout book is still Martin Rees' "Universe." It's easily the most breathtaking coffeetable read ever published by DK.