Turn Left at Orion

Turn Left at Orion : A Hundred Night Sky Objects to See in a Small Telescope - and How to Find Them

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A guidebook for beginning amateur astronomers, Turn Left at Orion provides all the information you need to observe the Moon, the planets and a whole host of celestial objects. Large format diagrams show these objects exactly as they appear in a small telescope and for each object there is information on the current state of our astronomical knowledge. Revised and updated, this new edition contains a chapter describing spectacular deep sky objects visible from the southern hemisphere, and tips on observing the upcoming transits of Venus. It also includes a discussion of Dobsonian telescopes, with hints on using personal computers and the internet as aids for planning an observing session. Unlike many guides to the night sky, this book is specifically written for observers using small telescopes. Clear and easy-to-use, this fascinating book will appeal to skywatchers of all ages and backgrounds. No previous knowledge of astronomy is needed.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • United Kingdom
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 279 b/w illus. 23 tables
  • 9780511536397

Table of contents

1. How do you get to Albireo?; 2. How to use this book; 3. The Moon; 4. The planets; 5. Seasonal objects: Winter; 6. Seasonal objects: Spring; 7. Seasonal objects: Summer; 8. Seasonal objects: Autumn; 9. Southern hemisphere objects; 10. How to run a telescope; 11. Where do we go from here?; Glossary; Tables; Index; Acknowledgements.show more

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Fascinating guide for beginning amateur astronomers using small telescopes in the northern and southern hemisphere. ."..an excellent book for small telescope users...As the resurgence in small telescopes continues, this book will be of use to all users of such instruments. Since many of the objects covered in Turn Left at Orion can be seen from light-polluted skies, this book is a valuable asset even if you live in a large urban area." Deep Sky ."..should be packaged with every first telescope. It's as nearly perfect as such a book can be." Sky & Telescope ."..for those intent on doing some serious observing with a small telescope, Turn Left at Orion has much to recommend it." Stardust "I think the format is perfect for beginners but even more advanced observers may learn a thing or two. It s like having one of the KAS s many experts right next to you at your scope! It is commonly available in bookstores and libraries (including the KAS library). Two thumbs up (both of mine)." - Robert Havira, Cloudy Nights Telescope Reviews" ..".an excellent book for small telescope users...As the resurgence in small telescopes continues, this book will be of use to all users of such instruments. Since many of the objects covered in Turn Left at Orion can be seen from light-polluted skies, this book is a valuable asset even if you live in a large urban area." Deep Sky ..".should be packaged with every first telescope. It's as nearly perfect as such a book can be." Sky & Telescope ..".for those intent on doing some serious observing with a small telescope, Turn Left at Orion has much to recommend it." Stardustshow more