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Turn Left at Orion: A Hundred Night Sky Objects to See in a Small Telescope - And How to Find Them

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  595 ratings  ·  33 reviews
A superb guidebook described in Bookwatch as 'the home astronomer's "bible"', Turn Left at Orion provides all the information beginning amateur astronomers need to observe the Moon, the planets and a whole host of celestial objects. Large format diagrams show these objects exactly as they appear in a small telescope and for each object there is information on the current s ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 23rd 2000 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1990)
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Alex Your question is two years old so this is going to seem like the most random late reply, but another reader might find it useful:

The current edition i…more
Your question is two years old so this is going to seem like the most random late reply, but another reader might find it useful:

The current edition is useful for both hemispheres. It's organised so that the majority of the text addresses constellations visible from both hemispheres and the equator, followed by a section for north-only and one for south-only constellations. Their glowing (pardon the pun) comments about the things you can only see from the southern hemisphere made me quite jealous!(less)

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Duane Dunkerson
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Turn Left at Orion by Guy Consolmagno and Dan M. Davis, Third Edition, Cambridge University Press.


In the US in the 1960s there then flared a national discussion filled with concern that Americans were becoming spectators as opposed to participants. They were not participating in sports, that was the touchstone of the matter. Huge football stadiums would fill on Saturdays for the watchers of the collegiate struggles. There were thousands and thousands across the land who only watched and did not
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Linda
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
In general I'm not a fan of books like this. They tend to not do a good job at what they try to teach but this one is an exception. I think it will help make the night sky much more accessible to newcomers to amateur astronomy.

There are sketches to show what you can expect to see in the telescope and good directions on how to find the things you want to see.

I happened to read a pdf version checked out of the library and I don't recommend that format for this book. Instead I'd go for a print cop
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Can Inelli
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
Such an awesome book for amateur astronomers and stargazers ! Highly recommended. One of the best sky guides ever !
Stephen
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it
If one were giving an autodidact a telescope, they should also give them this book. There is only a chapter's worth of true reading -- maybe 15% of the book -- but much of that is the information that unfortunately didn't come with the telescope itself. The remainder of the book has very practical astronomical targets--organized by season so you are looking for objects high in the sky--along with very practical approaches on how to actually see them through your eyepiece. Diagrams are also provi ...more
David
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book really tells you how to steer your telescope. Find a bright star in your telescope that is near something very dim that you can't just point-and-see. Look through your scope and see what stars you can see nearby. With a star map nearby, bend a paper-clip into a circle that encompasses the stars you see in your telescope. Now, you can "hop" in increments of your circle over to the star you want to see. This book has all the great sites to see in the sky, with drawings that ACTUALLY LOOK ...more
Alex
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After tinkering not very successfully with a beginner 76 mm telescope for about six months, this book showed me what I was missing and gave me the confidence in myself and my equipment that I really needed. The charts are well-organised, favouring objects that are interesting and easy to find, and are very easy to relate to the view through the eyepiece. The background information has a can-do attitude that stresses that there's something in the sky for any telescope user, and that you should ma ...more
Sean
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Actually, not finished 'reading'. This is a fantastic reference book for nights at the scope. There are very realistic telescope views/drawings for the best objects for the amateur in the sky. I appreciate fantastic Hubble telescope color pictures, but I don't own a Hubble telescope. This book shows you what you will really see from your own back yard. Mandatory to own this book if you want to make the best of your scope.
Marcos Shayo
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book to keep on the table nigth underneath your telescope!

A book to keep on the table nigth underneath your telescope.
A definite reference book for stargazing and harware selection
Eda Gürses
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Prior to getting a telescope I've read the book and now I'm on my way to buy a telescope. Very simple and informative, great introduction to space.
Dr. Thomas Wasser
Excellent reference book.
Cieran Hughes
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Needful when learning the night sky
Christopher
Apr 25, 2020 added it
Shelves: 2020
Full review follows after some observation of constellations
Pete daPixie
Oct 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: stardust
Mostly written for the northern hemisphere observer, 'Turn left at Orion', is set out through the seasons. What I like most about this work is the size of the star maps. These maps are set out from naked eye view, then to spotter scope image, and finally a scope eyepiece view. It really is written and set out for the amateur astronomer with binoculars or a 3 inch refracting scope in mind, and is an excellent aid to go star hopping and locate the feint fuzzies of galaxies, star clusters and nebul ...more
Gabriel
Jun 04, 2007 rated it really liked it
In my opinion, a wonderful resource for novices. The guidebook is wisely geared toward beginning astronomers with mediocre equipment in light-heavy situations, people who certainly are going to need some help. I found the maps helpful and easy to follow, and the celestial objects worth looking for. The descriptions are also intriguing, conveying a true passion for the stars and helping me at least appreciate what "swims into my ken." Definately a must for anyone who wants a broader repertoire th ...more
Vicky Sharratt
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent guide to practical astronomy usable by total beginners and experienced astronomers. This text is recommended for practical astonomes using binocluars and telescopes to explore the night sky, although if you don't have either, it's a good companion to online telescopes such as Microsofts WorldWide Telescope(WWT). A revised edition of a classic, this has been updates to cover the improvements in more affordable telescopes which has led to hobby astronomers seeing much more of our wond ...more
Erik
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful book for some introductory education on viewing the night sky! I must say I learned a great deal and will continue to reference this book during my nocturnal adventures gazing into the heavens.

I closed this book out with some beautiful viewing this morning around 4am, where the chilly 24 degree F temps made for a crystal clear sky. A great way to celebrate the finale of this book.

I give this book a hearty recommendation for the telescopic novice; you won't regret this purchase
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jer1ch0
May 27, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone that ha just bought a telescope
I will give a better review later.
This book is excellent for anyone who has just bought a telescope. Do not buy it unless you have bought one.
It gives very clear and concise instructions about finding different stars, constellations and other astronomical sights.
it's like an atlas for the night sky.
More later.
Tom
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: astronomy
It seems common that someone buys a scope and don't know what to look for with it.
This book is great for solving this beginners problems by help the user find the most interesting things in the sky for every season.
In addition, there is some information regarding the objects which is great.
I'm using this book a lot at every skygaze.
Derrek
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Excellent guidebook to the cosmos. If you're an amateur stargazer this book needs to be in your collection. It offers lots of information about each celestial object in the sky, how to find it and what to expect it to look like through both a telescope and binoculars. Highly recommended.
Wade Corbeil
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great, easy to follow guide to the night sky for the beginner and advanced observer alike.

Featuring many easy-to-read star charts, interesting objects, and a few challenges that will increase your knowledge of the night sky, and offers a few challenges as well.
Lín
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wonderful book! The basic information was great, but the chapter on telescopes is not to be missed! I've never seen a better basic guide to understanding telescopes - I recommend it to everyone with an interest in astronomy.
Brian
Jan 24, 2015 marked it as shelved-for-a-decade
really like this idea, and I borrowed the book from the library, 1/15, but I realized I cant see stars from my apt in the city and I will have to wait to get to know this book until some later point in life.... hopefully
Phil Moyer
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The backyard astronomer's guide to visual observation! This is a highly recommended book for starhopping to easy-to-see objects and constellations. I would say this one is a must for anyone interested in visual astronomy.
Sin
Apr 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
A must-have with your first telescope.
Stephanie
Apr 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Really awesome guide to the sky :)
Debbie
Great book for amateur stargazers.
Joe
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
Looks to be a newer version available for the Kindle - probably download it.
Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin
Thumbed through this guide for objects in the night sky this is a very useful booklet. I will use it a lot more now.
Yaaresse
Excellent astronomy book for the beginner or layperson who has access to good night skies.
Jayhawk
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
a very complete guide to using a small telescope in the northern hemisphere.
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B.A. and M.A. at MIT, Ph.D. at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, all in planetary science. After postdoctoral research and teaching at Harvard College Observatory and MIT, in 1983 he joined the US Peace Corps to serve in Kenya for two years, teaching astronomy and physics. After his return he
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