Recommended Books for Beginners


Author
Title
Publisher
Comments
Cost Cdn (US)
Karel Andel
Moon Map (laminated)
Sky
simple Moon map
($5)
Karel Andel
Mirror-Image Moon Map (laminated)
Sky
same for refractors & SCTs
($5)
Sam Brown
All About Telescopes
Edmund Scientific
great illustrations of optics
($13)
Guy Consolmagno & Dan M. Davis
Turn Left At Orion
Cambridge
observing for beginners
$26
Terence Dickinson
NightWatch
Firefly
best beginner's book
$21
Terence Dickinson & Alan Dyer
The Backyard Astronomer's Guide
Firefly
the astronomy bible
$35
Terence Dickinson & Jack Newton
Splendors of the Universe
Firefly
astrophotography
$28
Leo Enright
The Beginner's Observing Guide
RASC
practical guide
$23
Rajiv Gupta
Observer's Handbook 2004
RASC
essential data
$26
Philip S. Harrington
Star Ware
Wiley
telescopes & accessories
$19
Philip S. Harrington
Star Watch
Wiley
observing for beginners
$19
Philip S. Harrington
Touring the Universe through Binoculars
Wiley
best binocular book
$34
David H. Levy
Guide to the Night Sky
Cambridge
more advanced observing
$25
Vic Menard & Tippy D'Auria
New Perspectives on Newtonian Collimation
Tectron (Sky)
collimation bible
($8)
Robert D. Miller The Miller Planisphere
Datalizer
good star finder
($15)
Leslie C. Peltier
Starlight Nights
Sky
why we do astronomy
($20)
Harvard Pennington
The Year-Round Messier Marathon Field Guide
Willmann-Bell
best Messier guide
($25)
Ian Ridpath
Norton's Star Atlas and Reference Handbook
Pi Press
best beginner's atlas
$32
Antonin Rükl
Atlas of the Moon
Sky
best Moon atlas
($45)
P. Clay Sherrod
A Complete Manual of Amateur Astronomy
Dover
more advanced observing
$22
Wil Tirion
DeepMap 600
Orion
pocket "road map"
($14)
Wil Tirion
The Cambridge Star Atlas
Cambridge
good beginner's atlas
$35
Wil Tirion & Roger W. Sinnott
SkyAtlas 2000.0 (Desk Edition laminated)
Sky/Cambridge
best intermediate atlas
($70)
Wil Tirion & Brian Skiff
Bright Star Atlas
Willmann-Bell
basic beginner's atlas
($10)

Where Canadian prices are shown, these books are available from Chapters, Indigo, and Amazon. Some must be ordered direct from the US publishers, especially Sky and Willmann-Bell, though local astronomy stores may stock some of these.