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Planispheres — Round Star Charts
Planispheres are time-proven round star charts that have introduced millions to the heavens over the past century. The David H. Levy's Guide to the Stars planispheres were designed from the ground up to be the easiest, clearest, and most practical ever. These star charts are perfect for beginners and dabblers to explore and learn the constellations because they can be “dialed-in” to any hour and day of the year. Each indicates binocular objects and on their back sides, includes information on the Moon, planets and meteor showers. The larger 16-inch versions have additional binocular objects and a historical timeline. Made in the USA of 100% durable plastic.
16-inch English, Latitudes 30°-60° N, Retail $19.95 (ISBN# 1-928771-01-7)
New for 2010, an Equatorial Planisphere
Designed specifically for use around the equator
Field Guide Reference Charts
Celestial field guides loaded with useful information for the
— Full color with loads of information and charts on both sides.
Atlas of the Heavens, Retail $9.95 (ISBN# 1-928771-66-1)
What's Out Tonight? Our best seller, What's Out Tonight? has been significantly revised for this 2006 edition. It has been expanded, updated and printed in full color on a durable paper. New sections include mythology, double and variable stars and the Messier catalog. Includes 185 photos, 65 separate tables, 40 illustrations and 18 star chart covering the northern and southern hemispheres. It retains its original ease of use with tabbed sections and heavy cross-referencing. Although written for the beginner and dabblers, it is a valuable resource for the more seasoned observer. Includes extensive information on observing every type of celestial object, a section on choosing a telescope, sunrise and sunset times for over 200 North American cities.
•Written especially for beginners, dabblers or budding amateur astronomers, high school to adult
The Next Step The Next Step: Finding and Viewing Messier's Objects is the latest and hottest book on the Messier catalogue. This book received rave reviews in Sky & Telescope, Astronomy magazine, Cloudy Night Reviews and has been endorsed by Tele Vue, a premier telescope manufacturer in the US. The Next Step includes new pictures and historical information on Charles Messier, a complete set of colored star charts to find all the objects, consistent layout for each object, same-scale photographs of each object for easy comparison, Messier marathons information, tips on observing and locating objects.
•Written especially for beginners who want to go beyond observing the Moon, Planets and Sun. •8.5" x 7.25" •Hardcover •352 pages. First 107 pages are in full color.
Touring the Universe was written especially for beginners or novices as an introduction to exploring the celestial sphere. This book is always ready for readers because it lists celestial events for 15 years, including eclipses, Moon phases, planetary positions, etc. Clearly written, well organized and heavily illustrated to make exploring the heavens fun and easy. Divided into two sections. The first provides a pictorial and up-to-date overview of our solar system, galaxies and the universe. The second section provides star charts, tables and informative descriptions/tips to help beginners go out and explore the sky with their naked eyes, binoculars or telescopes. This complete guide also has extensive information on choosing a telescope. Star charts cover the entire northern and southern hemispheres, with descriptions of over 100 celestial objects.
•Written especially for beginners, dabblers or budding amateur astronomers, high school to adult •10.5" x 10.5"
Lunar Prospector Lunar Prospector: Against all Odds, by Dr. Alan B. Binder is the complete chronology of the highly successful “Lunar Prospector” spacecraft mission that went to the Moon in 1998 and was later crashed on the surface with Gene Shoemakers ashes aboard. Written by Dr. Binder, the Principal Investigator who conceived the project, secured funding, oversaw the spacecraft construction and ran the mission. Highly insightful about the inside workings of NASA and other aerospace industries. Additionally, this book is one of the few that offers the unabashed thoughts and feelings of a Principal Investigator to accomplish a mission in a system that is, for all practically purposes, broken. This is not a technical book. Highly recommended for the space enthusiast.
•6" x 9" •1,181 pages
Moonquake, a SCIENCE-FICTION novel by Dr. Alan B. Binder who was the catalyst and brains behind the Lunar Prospector space mission to the Moon. He is the noted discoverer of water at the lunar poles. In this, his first science fiction novel, NASA has blown it again with another shuttle disaster. They are put on a short leash to establish the first lunar base. But, it is difficult for a moving behemoth to change direction. As might be expected, the moonbase does not meet the approval of everyone involved. Normally this might be okay but space is fraught with many unknowns and dangers so it is better to err on the side of robustness than “adequate.” Things get shaken up a bit and there is a race to avoid death.
•4.25" x 7 "
Children's 21st Century Astronomy Series
•Hardcover with dust jackets and cover wraps, Full color, 36 pages, 8.5" x 11"
Our Constellations and their Stars, Retail $15.95 (ISBN# 1-928771-09-2)
Our Earth and the Solar System, our most popular children's book