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Beginning Astronomy Essentials

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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)
Orion 09351 UltraView 10x50 Wide-Angle Binoculars (Black)
"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."
The Night Sky 40°-50° (Large) Star Finder
The Night Sky 40°-50° (Large) Star Finder
"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."
Guide to the Stars
Guide to the Stars
"This the Levy Planisphere would also be a good choice. I think I will order it myself, you can never have enough planispheres!"
Sky & Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas
Sky & Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas
"My choice for a good compact and very useful atlas, especially useful for binoculars."
NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe
NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe
"Great introduction to amateur astronomy covering most of the topics of interest to amateurs."
Star Watch: The Amateur Astronomer's Guide to Finding, Observing, and Learning about Over 125 Celestial Objects
Star Watch: The Amateur Astronomer's Guide to Finding, Observing, and Learning about Over 125 Celestial Objects
"In my opinion, this is one of the most useful books on observing written for the beginning astronomer. An essential."
Turn Left at Orion: A Hundred Night Sky Objects to See in a Small Telescope - and How to Find Them
Turn Left at Orion: A Hundred Night Sky Objects to See in a Small Telescope - and How to Find Them
"Another essential observing book; one of the true classics."
Orion RedBeam SP Self-Powered LED Flashlight
Orion RedBeam SP Self-Powered LED Flashlight
"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."
Astronomy Hacks: Tips and Tools for Observing the Night Sky
Astronomy Hacks: Tips and Tools for Observing the Night Sky
"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."
365 Starry Nights : An Introduction to Astronomy for Every Night of the Year
365 Starry Nights : An Introduction to Astronomy for Every Night of the Year
"A great read for the beginning astronomer, you will learn a lot about the night sky."
Sky & Telescope - May, 2010
Sky & Telescope - May, 2010
"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."
Astronomy
Astronomy
"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."