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

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 19, 2000 - Science
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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.

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This book is a must have for any Astronomy enthusiast. It should be required reading for any student wanting to learn Amateur Astronomy. The text is written in a way that is very easy to understand. Read full review

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If you just bought or were given a telescope, you need this book. If you have a pair of binoculars and are considering pointing them at the night sky, you need this book. If you have been observing ... Read full review


How to Use This Book
The Moon
The Planets
Red Giants
Southern Hemisphere Objects
How to Run a Telescope
Where Do You Go From Here?

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Page 10 - Thus a star of the first magnitude is about 2!/:> times brighter than a second magnitude star, which is about 21/: times brighter than a third magnitude star, and so forth.

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Guy Consolmagno is a Jesuit brother at the Specola Vaticana (Vatican Observatory) dividing his time between Tucson, Arizona and Castel Gandolfo, Italy. He studied the origin and evolution of moons and asteroids in our solar system. His telescope is a 3.5catadioptic.

Dan M. Davis is a professor of geophysics in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His research concerns the formation of mountain belts on Earth. Most of his observations for this book were made with a 2.5refractor.

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