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Solar System
Light Pollution
  Great Astronomy Books
A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe
Probably the best "first book" for those interested in starting this hobby. This is an excellent book full of infomation on the heavens and the equipment used to observe.
Turn Left at Orion
A Hundred Night Sky Objects to See in a Small Telescope
- and How to Find Them
Turn Left at Orion is like an anotated star cheat in book form. Each constellation has a few pages of description. The major objects for each constellation are described with notes on what power to use and how to find them.
  The Backyard Astronomer's Guide
This book contains a wealth of information about the equipment used in astronomy, advice on when to use and when not to use binoculars, telescopes, cameras, film, lenses, filters, and other items for the amateur astronomer. Four chapters, though, concern the observation of the solar system and deep space objects. There are also several chapters discussing the photographing of all types of astronomical phenomena. Though cost may deter small-to-medium-sized libraries, there is much information here for the experienced amateur, and some useful information for the beginner as well.

Exploring the Moon Through Binoculars
and Small Telescopes

This is a book about exploring the Moon through binoculars.

  The Stars: A New Way to See Them
From the writer of Curious George you would be surprised at how useful this ook is to the beginning astronomer.
  Find the Constellations
Also from the author of Curious George.
Deep Sky Companions : The Messier Objects
Charles Messier was one of the best comet hunters of the 1700s, with 12 comet discoveries to his credit. He was frustrated because he kept wasting time looking at fuzzy objects that turned out not to be comets. The list he kept and published of "things that aren't comets" turned out to be his ticket to immortality. The fuzzy objects turned out to be star clusters, nemulae, and galaxies. These a 110 of the most viewed objects an this book provids very detailed information on each of them. I find myself referring to this book a a reference time and time again.

  The New Solar System
  This book is often used as a college text book. It is more of a science book than an observers book. I call this my "cloudy nights" or "armchair astronomy" book. It provides so much information on our solar system that I will probably read it several times
  Celestial Objects for the Modern Telescope.
If you are using a go-to scope this is a great book.
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