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    Default Book: "The Next Step: Finding and Observing Messier's Objects"



    I'm curious why this book doesn't get more attention:


    The Next Step: Finding and Observing Messier's Objects by Ken Graun

    I found this book very early on as I was starting to get serious about the Messiers and I <LOVE> it. The equal scale, "real-life" photos of each object showing their actual size at reasonable magnification through the author's 4" scope allowed me an excellent taste of success that now has me hooked. I've worked my way through about half of the M-list with only this book, a Telrad & finder charts. SO far, so good!

    Granted, some of the material is a bit fanciful: (ie: "ficticious" interviews? "honorary" entries?) but the actual astronomy is spot-on and I found it very helpful to me as a newbie. Good historical/biographical info about Messier & his contemporaries, as well.

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    There are many excellent books for learning the night skies. The classic, now well over 100 years old but still excellent is "Astronomy With An Opera Glass” by Garrett Serviss which has been minicked several times .... "Turn left at Orion" comes to mind as one. Other excellent books are Astronomer's Stars, Nightwatch, and The Backyard AStronomer's Guide.

    I think that the reason many of us recommend "Turn Left at Orion" at the expense of other excellent books is simply because its name.

    Your report will let many know of the book. Also, join in, welcome our new members, and recommend Graun's book.
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    Actually I just happened to pick this up at a bookstore with little to compare it to. I had looked at TLAO but already had a fairly good grasp of the basics - I was looking for information specific to Messiers & this was the best I found that day. No fancy Hubble shots, just good info for what it says: finding & viewing M's & DSO's!

    Recommended? Yes!

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    I'm glad you mentioned it, dhvrs. Quite honestly, this is the first I've heard ofThe Next Step: Finding and Observing Messier's Objects by Ken Graun. Of course I started looking at Messier objects over 20 years ago, so it may not have been published yet. But, I think the reason why people don't know of these books is because many times they're overlooked by those who review these books.

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    I highly recomend Next Step by Ken Graun. It gives nice descriptions of the objects. I also found the pictures very helpfull as they are very similar to what I see in the scope. Makes verifying my finds easier. Also have "Touring the Universe" from Graun but haven't read it yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dhvrs View Post
    The equal scale, "real-life" photos of each object showing their actual size at reasonable magnification through the author's 4" scope
    That alone makes it sound like it's worth getting, as you'll have a realistic expectation of what to see. One to add to the wish list!

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    Sounds like a cool book. I'll put it on the list.
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    That is the exact book I used all last year on my Messier project. It is my favorite of all the Messier books, simply because all the pictures were taken with a 4" scope at about 50X magnification. This means that what you see in the book is similar to what you see in your EP. I found this to be most helpful, to know what you are looking for before you look. I actually did mention it at the time, but I am glad you posted a pic of the book cover.
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    hey jrkirkham, are there many M-objects that may be difficult for an 8" Dob?
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