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I am often asked to recommend books and equipment for beginners, so here are my top ten gifts for the budding astronomer - each of these is a link to an online shop:


Norton's Star Atlas and Reference...

An indispensable reference, not simply for stars and deepsky objects, but all aspects of observational astronomy. I have had mine for 15 years now!


Turn Left at Orion: A Hundred Night Sky...

A superb guide to get you out under the night sky eagerly looking for all kinds of astronomical objects.


The Sky: A User's Guide

David Levy is an inspirational writer and co-discoverer of the famous Shoemaker-Levy 9. This book will make you want to be an astronomer!


The Hatfield Photographic Lunar Atlas

Cdr Hatfield's highly detailed lunar guide consists of photos taken at various phases through his 12" reflector. Pricey, but a treasure for serious lunatics!


Philip's Planisphere: Northern 51.5...

So, just what is that bright object hovering above the horizon? If it is a star, then the planisphere will tell you! Just the right latitude for Bristol too...


Pentax 10x50 XCF Binoculars with case

Any pair of 7 x 50s or 10 x 50s will be better than a cheap telescope. These are inexpensive and have great optical quality.

Skyliner 8" Dobsonian

This is a great value beginner's scope, good for planetary and deepsky work. High optical quality, easy to set up and dismantle. Point and shoot astronomy! (You will also need to buy a x2 Barlow lens for higher magnification)

Thermal Underwear

I wouldn't go out at night without it, get some! it might not improve your allure, but it will allow you to stargaze into the small hours on the chilliest of nights!

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