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Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders

Posted by Dennis O'Day   11/24/2007 12:18PM

Barbara Fritchman Thompson and Robert Bruce Thompson have done it again! (They also wrote Astronomy Hacks...O'Reilly) They have written a book that will be very useful to amateur astronomers of all levels. It offers the kind information that will save money and frustration while navigating the maze of available equipment. They will help you organize equipment and charts to make the most of your observing sessions.
Using a list of objects while observing will help you to see and learn more. The star charts are organized by constellation, in alphabetical order. Every chart shows the available objects from the Astronomical League's Messier List, Binocular Messier List, Deep Sky Binocular List, Double Star List,Urban Observing List,and The RASC Finest NGC Objects List.
The charts use 5° field finder circles to aid in locating objects. A picture and description of what you can see in the eyepiece is also featured.
I wish this book had been available when I started looking up. Thank you Barbara and Robert for witting this wonderful book.
Clear and Dark Skies,
Dennis O'Day