Amateur Astronomy (A Guide)

An online book by Rick Boozer

 

CONTENTS

 

Section 1: How To Choose A Telescope

 

 

Section 2: Learning Your Way Around The Night Sky

 

Why Bother Learning The Sky? ................................  36

The Big Dipper: Your Key To The Sky .........................  38

Follow The Arc To Arcturus .............................  41

Then Speed On To Spica .................................  42

On To The King of Beasts! ..............................  45

The Sky From One Month To The Next ..........................  46

January ................................................  48

February ...............................................  52

March ..................................................  53

April ..................................................  55

May ....................................................  56

June ...................................................  58

July ...................................................  60

August .................................................  62

     September ..............................................  64

October ................................................  66

November ...............................................  68

December ...............................................  70

Glossary ....................................................  72

 

 

ILLUSTRATIONS

 

Figure 13: The Big Dipper from month to month ...............  40

Figure 14: Find Arcturus and Spica using the Big Dipper .....  42

Figure 15: Two Stars in the Big Dipper point to Regulus .....  45

Figure 16: January constellations east of the meridian ......  48

Figure 17: February stars near the meridian .................  52

Figure 18: March stars near the meridian ....................  53

Figure 19: New constellations for April .....................  55

Figure 20: May constellations near the meridian .............  56

Figure 21: June constellations near the meridian ............  58

Figure 22: July constellations near the meridian ............  60

Figure 23: August constellations east of the meridian .......  62

Figure 24: September constellations near the meridian .......  64

Figure 25: Andromeda lies east of the meridian in October ...  66

Figure 26: November constellations near the meridian ........  68

Figure 27: Constellations of December .......................  70

 

Section 3: Observing Tips And Techniques

An incomplete work in progress.

 

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