Objects in the HEAVENS
At first I thought, "no, I don't need another little field guide". But then I considered the awesome responsibility a club President has to stay informed and decided I had better buy one after about the release of this new, third edition.
I liked this guide from the first glance. This is really a "keeper" in that it is neither too basic nor too complicated for most beginners. Actually, it's a very handy field book for an avid astronomer. There is a lot of really great beginner type information in the first few pages---nice explanation of telescope types and lots of observing tips. The charts, while similar to the Brent Watson type finder charts, have a lot more detail---but not so much detail to discourage a novice.
Objects are listed by constellation which makes the book particularly "user friendly" and includes a plethora of interesting things to see. Here's what Peter says about his book:
OITHv3 is a deep-sky fieldbook/notebook for amateur astronomers. Containing descriptions and mapped locations of 676 celestial objects of all types viewable with small scopes and binoculars, OITHv3 is designed to encourage those who have not spent much time searching for deep space objects by making the information readily available for use at the scope.
"A small, handy observing guide."
Object listings are magnitude 10 or brighter, so they're all visible with a 6" reflector. 136 entries are specially highlighted for use with average binoculars. Generous space is provided for personal observation comments. Data has been assembled from 33 astronomical catalogs and includes 189 other-than-Messier or NGC objects of all types. It's an interactive reference book which brings together just the facts, and then some regardless from which catalog or category type they may be, to be a complete, useful and entertaining viewing companion.
OITH provides many answers to: What ALL can I see and where is it? by providing only those objects which are potentially viewable from the Northern Hemisphere, formatted to simplify finding these visual treats with 63 detailed constellation and seasonal maps. Also featured are modern locations (2000 or better), available descriptions, extensive cross-referencing, common names list and historic observational comments from T.W.Webb. The book's compact size makes it ideal for camping and hiking.
• 116 pages, spiral-bound soft cover, A5/digest size: 5.5" x 8.5";
• 676 objects to magnitude 10; 17 additional objects to mag-10.5
• 189 non-Messier or NGC objects, 28 of which are binocular-class;
• 186 "city" objects to magnitude 7 are highlighted;
• 144 double stars and multiple stars;
• 136 binocular-class objects with separate symbol;
• 70 maps: constellational, seasonal, seasonal insets;
• 61 observable northern constellations, arranged alphabetically;
• 33 astronomy catalogs are referenced;
• 19 photographs by Naoyuki Kurita;
• plus stories that combine multiple constellations for learning large chunks of the sky;
• plus encyclopedic data on planets, stars, meteors;
• plus common names list;
• plus modern Messier list of 110 objects with Marathon constellation order;
• plus complete object number cross-reference and mapping and more.
The more I use this book, the better I like it. Some of the pocket guides you tend to out grow. This one always will lead you to something interesting. It's a "must have"!