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    I have both of these books also. When it warms up I will be doing the forty "assignments" in 40 nights. I have thumbed through BAG but have not read the whole thing yet. Will post reviews when I finish them. I also have 365 starry nights on my wish list. It has come highly recomended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatherGuse View Post

    ... Hey Gibs ... narrow your search down yet?? ...
    Yes I did......Vinnie had me sold when he posted this one in my intro thread .

    I've read as many reviews as I can track down about it and it looks like that scope will suit my stargazing interest well. My Dad gave me a thumbsup on it too. He was also helping me pick the right scope. Now I just need to save some funds and then it'll be here (btw Im going to get the padded case too) .



    Read a little more into the book today (specifically about EPs). The $50.00 I paid for this book is becoming more and more worth it. This book is a must have for a serious beginner.

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    I have both of these books also. When it warms up I will be doing the forty "assignments" in 40 nights. I have thumbed through BAG but have not read the whole thing yet. Will post reviews when I finish them. I also have 365 starry nights on my wish list. It has come highly recomended.
    Are the assignments related to where you are and the season ? I would almost have to asume this is so. I am very new to this.

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    I also have the BAG and have not wanted to put it down. So far i have loved every thing about it. I was wondering, is there a site on the "web" that could possible help with R.A. and Declination. I understand the basics but I am having difficulty understanding what R.A., Dec will be overhead ,(Seeable) at a certain time in a certain place.

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    Hi Astroam,

    Have you downloaded Stellarium yet? If so, it is a big help in understanding how the RA and DEC move across the sky.

    Mike

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    Thanks,
    Yes I have I also have The Sky 6 and The version of Celestrons The Sky shipped with my scope. I have not turned on the R.A. Dec grids on any of them so I guess I will do that.

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    Are the assignments related to where you are and the season
    Only to a very small degree. For example the first few chapters deal with things like azimuth and altitude. Then there are chapters on the moon and planets. There are a couple of chapters on constellation that are season specific, but for the most part I think the information could be used any time of year.

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    Thanks again,
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    Another book you may want to consider is "Turn Left At Orion". It is designed for the beginner with a small scope and moderately light polluted skies. Everything in the book can be seen with a 3" scope. They give step by step instructions on how to find things using bright stars rather than constellations.

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    Thank you for bringing this book to my attention. I am going to add it to the list of books I want.

 

 
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