Binoculars and Telescopes

Dickinson, Terence and Alan Dyer, The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide, 3rd Ed., Firefly Books LTD., 2008.

This is a comprehensive book that is a must have for any amateur astronomer, beginner or advanced. It provides coverage of telescope and binoculars, astronomical viewing, and astro-photography.

Dickinson, Terence, Nightwatch, 4th ed., Firefly Books, 2006.

One of the most recommended beginner’s guides to the hobby of astronomy. If one has never owned a telescope before, this is an excellent place to start.

Harrington, Philip S., Star Ware – The Amateur Astronomer’s Guide to Choosing, Buying, and Using Telescopes and Accessories, 4th ed., John Wiley and Son, Inc., 2007.

As the subtitle states, this book is highly recommended to help the sort through the maze of equipment available for anyone in the market for astronomy equip­ment. This book provides a consumer’s guide of most of the brand name astronomy equipment available in the marketplace.

Consolmagno, Guy and Dan M Davis, Turn Left at Orion, Cambridge University Press, 1989.

An excellent observer’s book highlighting a hundred night sky objects that can be seen through modest sized telescopes. A section of the book is devoted to the Moon, with galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters comprising the rest of the book. The beauty of this book is its presentation of each objects view as seen naked eye, though a finder scope, and then through the eyepiece of a telescope. Highly recommended.