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Fr. Wayne
2006-Jan-28, 09:56 PM
Welcome to Astronomy Books Under $20

Here I, with a little help from my friends, would like to expose you to the fascinating world of BOOKs. You know those nasty dust collectors that people never seem to finish. Anyway, You'd be amazed at the wonderful sources for updating and/or expanding your knowledge of Astronomy for
as little as 10 cents a page. Finding such rare commodities is like trying to find a deep space object without "GoTo" -often frustrating but unbelieveably rewarding when accomplished (for you'll never forget the stars nearby that pointed you in the right direction). And what's better than the internet, you OWN IT!

So to start off, hmm, let's see, how about a detective story about the man who revolutionized the heavens?

"The Book Nobody Read" by Owen Gingerich, (2004, Penguin Paperbacks,306pp)

Here is a review that I found best describes it:
"In The Book Nobody Read, eminent historian of science Owen Gingerich uses...all extant copies of Copernicus' famous book De revolutionibus as a clever means to tell the story of this remarkable man who innocently launched the first revolution in science." Excellent pictures, good index, but you have to enjoy digging through old libraries to dig this book. By the way Owen is the senior astronomer emeritis at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and History of Science teacher at Harvard. Not bad for under $15.

Fr. Wayne
2006-Jan-28, 10:06 PM
"Our Living Multiverse" by Fred Adams (Pi Press, N.Y. 2004)

Not a bad overview of present day cosmology concerning what has been going on around here in the last 14 billion years. No footnotes, decent index, and for only 266 pages a fair start for all those who fear "dark matter." Many of our highly trained members might tear this one to bits but at least you'll know what hit you if you read this book first. Also under $15 - cheap.

Fr. Wayne
2006-Jan-28, 10:15 PM
Absolutely the finest collect of anecdotes concerning the many root names for all the named stars as well as the constellations. Originally published in 1899, and only corrected in 1963, this is a treasure!

"Star Names" by Richard Hinckley Allen (Dover, N.Y. 563pp) under $10

Fr. Wayne
2006-Jan-29, 11:45 PM
Night Sky : A Guide To Field Identification
(Golden Field Guide from St. Martin's Press)
(Paperback)between $10 and $14-
some of the best star charts anywhere w/all the cool spots
2001 edition but excellent for travelling in a pocket
not a children book but a true guide for studying stars.

Fr. Wayne
2006-Feb-02, 12:41 AM
Sirens of Titan - by Kurt Vonnegut (1959, Dell, pp.326)

As old as dirt, this SF tale still haunts the heavenly backshelves of college campuses today.

"Vonnegut is George Orwell, Dr. Caligari, and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer... a zany but moral mad scientist." - Time Magazine (well I wouldn't go that far personally, but for 1959 his Mohave Desert abduction scene still cracks me up.)

"Rented a tent, a tent, a tent.
Rented a tent, a tent, a tent.
Rented a tent!
Rented a tent!
Rented a, rented a tent. ( Buy book- $14!) Always obey a direct order without a moments hesitation. Be the best soldier in the second squad of the first platoon of the second company of the third battalion of the second regiment of the best army ever: the First Martian Assault Infantry Division."
(That is all. Dismissed.)

Dave Mitsky
2006-Feb-02, 02:58 PM
I recommend _Star Watch_ by Phil Harrington. It's a fine book for the beginning amateur astronomer who wants to locate celestial objects the old fashioned way.


Dave Mitsky

Fr. Wayne
2006-Feb-10, 01:34 PM
Norton's 20th Anniversary Star Atlas Hardcover: 200 pages ON SALE! $17
Publisher: Pi Press; 20 edition (October 8, 2003)
Language: English (with many formulas)
ISBN: 0131451642
Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.9 x 0.9 inches
READ REVIEWS ON LINK for many pluses and a few minuses http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0131451642/sr=8-10/qid=1139577916/ref=pd_bbs_10/102-3465978-0604139?%5Fencoding=UTF8

Fr. Wayne
2006-Feb-10, 01:41 PM
Astronomy Hacks : Tips and Tools for Observing the Night Sky (Paperback)
410 pages
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc.; 1 edition (June 17, 2005)
Language: English $17
ISBN: 0596100604
Product Dimensions: 9.0 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
getting you set up with the right equipment for observing and admiring the stars in an urban setting. covers all aspects including how to use computer notebooks and programs, see link:

Fr. Wayne
2006-Feb-10, 01:50 PM
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