General Interest Observing Astronomy Books

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    • Dickinson, Terence. NightWatch – A Practical Guide to Viewing the UniverseBuffalo: Firefly Books, 2006.  Now in its 4th edition.   ISBN-13:  978-1554071470.
Comment by member, Dave Allen:  Nightwatch by Terence Dickinson has carried me from naked eye, to binoculars,and my first telescope and that’s where I am right now. I put together an ORION 8 inch reflector dobsonian with a point to computer and have used the information in the book to work my way at the Universe along with charts. It also has a section on Photographing the night sky. The book is very easy for me to read with my High School Education.
  • Dickinson, Terence and Dyer, Alan.  The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide. Buffalo: Firefly Books, 2008.  Now in its 3rd edition. ISBN-13:  978-1554073443
  • Consolmagno, Guy & Davis, Dan M. Turn Left At Orion.  Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press. 1989.  (10th printing 2010).
  • Ferris, Timothy.  Seeing in the Dark.   New York:  Simon & Schuster. 2002.  ISBN:  0-684-86580-7
  • Sinnot, Roger.  Sky and Telescope’s Pocket Sky Atlas.  Cambridge:  Sky Publishing, 2006.  ISBN-13: 978-1931559317.
  • Rey, H. A. The Stars – A New Way To See Them.  HMH Books, 2008, 2nd Edition.  ISBN-13: 978-0547132808

    Originally published in the 1950’s, this Curious George author’s work is appropriate for ages 12 and up and still stands up after all this time.

  • Harrington, Philip S.  StarWatch: The Amateur Astronomer’s Guide to Finding, Observing, and Learning about Over 125 Celestial Objects.  Hoboken:  Wiley, 2003.  ISBN: 0471418048.
  • Harrington, Philip S.  StarWare: the amateur astronomer’s guide to choosing, buying, and using telescopes and accessories.  Hoboken:  Wiley,  2007.  4th Edition. ISBN-13: 978-0471750635
  • Harrington, Philip S.  Touring the Universe Through Binoculars – A Complete Astronomer’s Guidebook.  Hoboken:  Wiley,  1990.  ISBN: 0471513377.
  • National Audobon Society. National Audobon Society’s Field Guide to the Night Sky. New York:  Knopf.  1990-98.  ISBN:  0-679-40852-5
  • Ottewell, Guy.  The Astronomical Calendar. Universal Workshop. 2011.
  • This publication is annual.  The year of publication is for the year coming.  For example, 2011 publication is for use in the calendar year 2012.
  • Ridpath, Ian, Ed., Norton’s Star Atlas and Reference Handbook, 20th edition. New York:  Pi Press.  2004.  ISBN:  0-13-146164-2
  • Rukl, Antonin.  Atlas of the Moon.  Waukesha: Kalmbach Publishing.  1990-96.  ISBN:  0-913135-17-8

Special Interest Observing Astronomy Books

    • American Association of Variable Star Observers.  AAVSO Manual for Visual Observing of Variable Stars Boston, MA   (on-line)  ISBN 1-878174-66-5
    • Greenberg, Richard.  Unmasking Europa New York:  Copernicus Books (Springer Publishing), 2008.  ISBN: 978-0-387-47936-1
    • Levy, David. David Levy’s Guide to Variable Stars, 2nd edition.   Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.  ISBN-13: 978-0521608602
    • Morrison, David, Wolff, Sidney and Fraknoi, Andrew. Abell’s Exploration of the Universe (Abell’s Exploration of the Universe, 7th ed).  San Diego: Harcourt College Pub; 1995. ISBN-13: 978-0030010347
    • Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, (RASC).  Observer’s Handbook 2012.  2011. ISBN-13: 978-0981329260.
This publication is annual. The year of publication is for the year coming. For example, 2011 publication is for use in the calendar year 2012.  (NB:  JSillasen – this publication is provided with membership in the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada,


Telescope Making Books

    • Thompson, Allyn J.  Making Your Own Telescope.  Dover Publications, 2011.  ISBN-13: 978-0486428833.
    • Texereau, Jean.  How to Make A Telescope, 2nd Edition. Richmond:  Willmann-Bell. 1984.  ISBN-10: 0943396042.
    • Brown, Sam.  All About Telescopes
    • Richard Berry.  Build Your Own Telescope, 3rd Edition. Richmond:  Willmann-Bell. 2001.   ISBN-13: 978-0943396699.
    • Ingalls, Albert , ed.  Amateur Telescope Making Vol’s 1-III.  Richmond:  Willmann-Bell.   Originally printed in the 1920’s.  1996. ISBN-10: 0943396492.
      Suiter, Richard.  Star Testing Astronomical Telescopes. 2nd Edition.   Richmond:  Willmann-Bell.  2009.  ISBN-10: 0943396905.
    • Kriege,  David and Berry, Richard.  The Dobsonian Telescope, 1st Edition.  Richmond:  Willmann-Bell.  1997. ISBN-10: 0943396557.

Astrophotography Books

  • Lodriguss, Jerry.  A Beginner’s Guide to DSLR Astrophotography, 3rd Printing.  Published on CD by the Author, GA.  2011.
  • Lodriguss, Jerry.  An Advanced Guide to Astrophotography with DSLR Cameras, 6th Printing.  Published on CD by the Author, GA. 2011.
  • Lodriguss, Jerry.  Photoshop for Astrophotographers Published as a download only by the Author, GA. 2004.
  • Reeves, Robert.  Wide-Field Astrophotography Richmond: Willmann-Bell.  2000.  ISBN:  0-943396-65-4.
    Comment by member, J. Sillasen.   While essentially dealing with film, this book is still quite a useful guide to setup, equipment, alignment and guiding.  There is 1 chapter on the digital darkroom.
  • Coviington, Michael A.  Astrophotography for the Amateur, 2nd Edition.  New York:  Cambridge University Press.  2000.  ISBN:  0-521-62740-0 (paperback).
  • Wodaski, Ron.  The New CCD Astronomy.  Duvall:  New Astronomy Press.  2002.  ISBN:  0-9711237-0-5.

Publishers of Astronomy Related Books

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Books by Club Members

Bob Gendler CCD Photographs. These are a must-see at He has a large collection up now and they are superb. Adjectives fail…

  • Gendler, Robert. A Year in the Life of the Universe.  Minneapolis:  Voyageur Press.  2006.
  • Gendler, Robert. Capturing the Stars – Astrophotography by the Masters. Minneapolis:  Voyageur Press. 2009.
  • Gendler, Robert. Treasures of the Southern Skies New York:  Springer. 2011