Stargazing Live 2013

Beginner’s Astronomy Pack

Here are the products we recommend to get the most out stargazing in 2013.

Stargazing 2013 (£6.99)

Star Gazing 2013

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Written by Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest. See the year’s most fascinating events, whether observing with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. Each chapter (one for each month of the year) has a colour star map showing the positions and phases of the Moon, the positions of the planets and other useful information.

Each month also includes special events, such as eclipses; a featured astronomical object, usually a deep-sky target; plus an astrophotograph with details of how it was taken. Available at WHSmiths, Telescope shops, Waterstones, independent bookshops or buy on Amazon.co.uk

51.5 North Planisphere (£9.99)

Planisphere

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A practical hour-by-hour tracker of the stars and constellations, designed for use anywhere in Britain and Ireland, Northern Europe, Northern USA and Canada. Turn the oval panel to the required date and time to reveal the whole sky visible from your location. The map, by the well-known celestial cartographer Wil Tirion, shows stars down to magnitude 5, plus several deep-sky objects, such as the Pleiades, the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) and the Orion Nebula (M42).

Pick one up in WHSmiths, Telescope shops, Waterstones, independent bookshops or buy on Amazon.co.uk

Night Sky Atlas (£14.99)

Night Sky Atlas

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This sturdy paperback contains all the maps you need to learn your way around the night sky, whether you want to find remote galaxies, sketch lunar craters or make estimates of variable stars. Author Robin Scagell explains what you can see, what equipment (if any) you will need and how to make the most of your time under the stars.

Eight sky maps show the whole of the night sky, marking stars down to magnitude 5.5, together with the brighter deep-sky objects. They are drawn on a white background so that you can add your own pencil notes or observations to the maps.

Available at WHSmiths, Telescope shops, Waterstones, independent bookshops or buy on Amazon.co.uk

Guide to the Night Sky (£4.99)

Guide to the Night Sky

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Sir Patrick Moore takes you on a guided tour of the stars and constellations seen from the northern hemisphere, using easily recognizable key star groups to ‘jump’ from one area of the sky to the next. All stars shown can be seen with the naked eye.

Available at WHSmiths, Telescope shops, Waterstones, independent bookshops or buy on Amazon.co.uk

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