Night Sky References

Here’s a guide to the books, charts, magazines and software mentioned in the Night Sky Course.

 Resource  Rating  Author  Comments
Introductory Astronomy and Astrophysics  ***** Zelik and Smith Second
Edition 
Course used at Carleton U given by
the late Prof. Dan Kessler
Observers Handbook  ******* RASC handbook
Turn Left at Orion  ******** G Consolmagno, D Davis A *must* to learn starhopping    
Celestial Sampler ******** Sue French She also writes Small Scope Sampler – Sky and Tel.
Messier’s Nebulae and Star Clusters ******** Kenneth Glyn Jones Superb observing guide and companion
Atlas of the Moon Rukl classic ref may be out of print
365 Starry Nights ****** Chet Raymo Nearly as good as Turn Left     
The Joy of Gazing  *** David Levy  Might be vanity press – tiny book
Deep Sky Objects  ********** David Levy Based a lot of the course on this – infectious joy!  
The Stars Belong to Everyone  **** Helen Sawyer Hogg Good and poetic explanation
The Stars  ***** H.A. Rey Good illustrations – concept book
The Isobel Willamson Lunar Observing Program **** Handbook from the RASC Must be a RASC member
Star Charts
Pocket Sky Atlas ******** Roger Sinnott
Phillip’s Color Star Atlas *** Cox and Monkhouse interesting – not always useful
Sky Atlas 2000 ******* Wil. Tirion Do your Messier and NGC certificate with this.
Magazines
Sky and Telescope  **** sky publishing focused on observing and imaging – american magazine
Sky News  ** Terrance Dickenson , Ed Canadian beginner magazine
Astronomy  **** the more popular american magazine
Journal of the RASC 2000 http://rasc.ca/jrasc ***** RASC publication some
peer reviewed papers 
see also http://rasc.ca/rasc-publications
Software
Sky Safari *** Ipod star chart  Don’t sit and stare at it outside – use it to plan!
Earth Centered Universe – Observer’s Handbook Edition ********

 

 

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