Recommended Astronomy Books
Beginner to Intermediate Stargazing
Not a book, but a rotating star finder or planisphere that allows the user to recognize the constellations for any night of the year. An important first step in learning the night sky! Select the 40-50 North version for use in MA/RI
By Gary Seronik. Binoculars are great for new stargazers (use a tripod for stability or rest them on a stable surface). This book provides 99 objects to find, with magnified views
With over 100,000 copies sold, this is one of the most popular astronomy books of all time. By Guy Consolmagno. Good for learning how to star hop!
Intermediate to Advanced Stargazing
By Phil Harrington. Includes objects often overlooked in other guides. Lists more than 500 sky targets, both near and far, across 187 challenges, with detailed finder charts
Astronomy for Children
An information-packed introduction to astronomy and stargazing with a story-based format and plenty of pictures. By Michael Driscoll and Meredith Hamilton
By John A. Read. Designed to guide young readers to dozens of galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters. Every page features a “telescope view,” showing exactly how objects appear through a small telescope or binoculars
Contains star charts, a guide to the constellations, and details about seasons and the movement of the objects we see in the sky. By H.A. Rey, the author of “Curious George”!
Great introduction to the stars. Clear, vivid text with charts and maps showing the positions of the constellations the year round. By H.A. Rey, the author of “Curious George”!
By Charles Wood. With over two hundred Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter images, the highest quality images of the moon ever taken, this atlas illustrates the Moon in high resolution. Spiral bound for use at the telescope
By Stephen O’Meara. A guide to the brighter “faint fuzzies” catalogued in the late 1700’s by comet hunter Charles Messier, and now among the most widely observed objects in the sky. With photos and star charts
By Grant Collier. A primer for those looking to get started with DSLR night photography, focusing on techniques for capturing and processing photos of the Milky Way, northern lights, meteors, eclipses, lightning, and more