Recommended BooksSkywatching. David Levy, introduction by Robert Burnham. One of the Nature Company Guides published by Time-Life Books.
Stars and Planets: Peterson Field Guide Series. Donald Menzel, Jay Pasachoff. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA.
Skyguide. Mark Chartrand III. Golden Press, NY. Western Publishing Co., Inc., Racine, WI.
Star Ware, The Astronomer’s Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Buying, and Using Telescopes and Accessories.
Philip S. Harrington. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., NY.
Touring the Universe Through Binoculars, A Complete Astronomer’s Guidebook. Philip S. Harrington.
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., NY.
The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide. Terence Dickinson and Alan Dyer. Camden House Publishing.
NightWatch. Terence Dickinson. Firefly Books Inc., Buffalo, NY.
Astronomy, a Self Teaching Guide. Dinah L. Moché. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., NY.
Astronomy Today. Eric Chaisson and Steve McMillan. Prentice-Hall, Inc.
Turn Left at Orion. Guy Consolmagno and Dan M. Davis. Cambridge University Press. (Look for the first or second edition as the third edition was printed on thin paper, making it hard to read the star charts.)
National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Night Sky. Mark R. Chartrand. Alfred A. Knopf, N.Y.
Annals of the Deep Sky: A Survey of Galactic and Extragalactic Objects. Jeff Kanipe and Dennis Webb; published by Willmann-Bell. The most up-to-date and comprehensive observing guide available today, with multiple volumes featuring in-depth astrophysical profiles of the major stars and deep-sky objects by constellation.
The Year-Round Messier Marathon Field Guide. Harvard Pennington, published by Willmann-Bell. A practical guide for viewing all 110 Messier objects.
Pocket Sky Atlas. Roger W. Sinnott, published by Sky & Telescope. A compact sky atlas that works very well in the field.
Binocular Highlights. Gary Seronik, published by Sky & Telescope. A nice guide for exploring the sky with binoculars.