Updated:              Oct. 2003

Amateur Astronomers of Jackson                                                                                                        Club Library

NEW ADDITIONS in BOLD

 

Books

 

Title:                Burnham's Celestial Handbook

Author:              Robert Burnham Jr.

Quantity:            1 set

Description:   Robert Burnham's classic work could rightfully be called the Bible of American amateur astronomers (in Europe, the Webb Society handbooks probably earn that title). Volume 1 begins with an overview of various aspects of observational astronomy, focusing on the various cataloging and classification systems used to describe stars, nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies. The remainder of the three volumes consist of chapters for each constellation. Each chapter begins with a table that give a rundown of all objects of interest in that constellation. What follows are detailed descriptions of all notable objects in the constellation. Burnham did not confine himself to scientific facts - religion, archaeology, literature, and art all find their way into the text. Time has had a toll on the accuracy of the scientific facts that Burnham gives - many distances are wrong, and the discussions of some objects, particularly remote or highly energetic ones, are seriously outdated. Still, these three books form the backbone of my astronomy library, and have grown battered with heavy use. They make for fascinating reading both beside the telescope and in the living room. Three volume set.

 

 

Title:                Exploring the Night Sky with Binoculars - 1st edition

Author:              Patrick Moore

Quantity:            1

Description:   A guide for the beginner to exploring the night sky with binoculars, teaching how to explore the stars, the constellations, the seasonal changes in the night sky, meteors, comets, and other astronomical phenomena. Provides star charts and descriptions of every constellation described as it appears through binoculars.

 

 

Title:                 Exploring the Night Sky with Binoculars - 3rd edition

Author:              Patrick Moore

Quantity:            1

Description:   A guide for the beginner to exploring the night sky with binoculars, teaching how to explore the stars, the constellations, the seasonal changes in the night sky, meteors, comets, and other astronomical phenomena. Provides star charts and descriptions of every constellation described as it appears through binoculars.

 

 

Title:                The Modern Amateur Astronomer (Practical Astronomy)

Author:              Patrick Moore

Quantity:            1

Description:             Basic Amateur Astronomy circa 1990

 

 

Title:                Sky Catalogue 2000 V1

Author:              Alan Hirshfeld

Quantity:            1

Description:             This compendium summarizes the astronomical data for all stars brighter than 8.0. 

                        Has every available fact imaginable! - 2 volumes

 

 

Title:                Touring the Universe through Binoculars: A Complete Astronomer's Guide

Author:              Philip Harrington

Quantity:            1

Description:   This comprehensive work takes you on a personal tour of the universe using nothing more than a pair of binoculars. More comprehensive than any book currently available, it starts with Earth's nearest neighbor, the moon, and then goes on to explore each planet in the solar system, asteroids, meteors, comets and the sun. Following this, the reader is whisked away into deep space to explore celestial bodies including stars that are known and many sights less familiar. The final chapter includes a detailed atlas of deep-sky objects visible through binoculars. The appendices include guidance on how to buy, care for and maintain astronomical binoculars, tips and hints on using them, and detailed information on several homemade binocular mounts.

 

 

Title:                3D Star Maps

Author:              Richard Monkhouse

Quantity:            1

Description:             33 maps in red/green 3D.

 

 

Title:                Space Images

Author:              NASA

Quantity:            1

Description:             Photos of planets after voyager missions, circa 1892

 

 

Title:                365 Starry Nights: An Introduction to Astronomy for Every Night of the Year

Author:              Chet Raymo

Quantity:            1

Description:   365 Starry Nights is a unique and fascinating introduction to astronomy designed to give you a complete, clear picture of the sky every night of the year. Divided into 365 concise, illustrated essays, it focuses on the aesthetic as well as the scientific aspects of stargazing. It offers the most up-to-date information available, with hundreds of charts, drawings, and maps-that take you beyond the visible canopy of stars and constellations into the unseen realm of nebulae and galaxies.

 

 

Title:                The Observing Guide to the Messier Marathon: A Handbook and Atlas

Author:              Don Machholz

Quantity:            1

Description:   The Messier Catalogue is a list of one hundred and ten galaxies, star clusters and nebulae, and includes many of the brightest and best-known objects in the sky. Amateur astronomers who find all the objects on the list in one night have successfully completed the Messier Marathon. The Observing Guide to the Messier Marathon contains over 90 easy-to-use star maps to guide the observer from one object to the next, and provides tips for a successful night of observing. Don Machholz also tells the story of the eighteenth-century astronomer, Charles Messier, and how he came to compile his extensive catalogue. His complete guide to the Messier Marathon will help the amateur astronomer to observe the Messier Objects throughout the year, using a small telescope or even a pair of binoculars.


 

Title:                Turn Left At Orion

Author:              Guy Consolmagno

Quantity:            1

Description:   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 state of our astronomical knowledge. Revised and updated, this new edition contains a chapter with ten new spreads describing spectacular deep sky objects visible from the southern hemisphere, and tips on observing the upcoming transits of Venus. It also discusses Dobsonian telescopes, with hints on using personal computers and the Internet as aids for planning an observing session. Also new to this edition are redrawn "Guidepost" figures at the beginning of each season chapter that allow readers to visualize a three-dimensional view of the sky's dome; redesigned seasonal object layouts that provide more space for the naked-eye charts; a new spread on double stars near Boötes has been added to Spring, replacing the "Shrinking Double" spread; and a unique "When and Where to Look" table has been added to the last page, among other new features. Unlike many guides to the night sky, this book is specifically written for observers using small telescopes. Clear and easy to use, this fascinating book will appeal to skywatchers of all ages and backgrounds. No previous knowledge of astronomy is needed.

 

 

Title:                3D Galaxy

Author:              Unknown

Quantity:            1

Description:             A book of stereograms

 

 

Title:                Your Guide To the Sky

Author:              Rick Shaffer

Quantity:            1

Description:   If you're new to backyard astronomy and are seeking a guide, here's the ticket. This covers all the bases, from the moon, sun, planets, and constellations to the locations of deep-sky objects, from lunar and solar observations to how to pick and set up the appropriate telescope (good information from a man who has designed award-winning telescopes). Shaffer starts at the beginning with the basic layout of the night sky and continues into greater detail without getting overly technical or confusing the neophyte. Every topic is presented in a friendly and engaging manner, with touches of dry humor, that eases the unfamiliar into the techniques of backyard astronomy without overwhelming them. Along the way he adds details about general scientific concepts as needed (such as explaining photons and spectrums) and includes sky maps, charts, graphs and other things to help guide the reader.  An altogether excellent guide

 

 

Title:                Origins

Author:              John Gibbin

Quantity:            1

Description:             Photo documentary of the universe.  Numerous Hubble and large aperture telescope photos.

 


 

Title:                Voyage through the Universe - Stars

Author:              Time Life Series

Quantity:            1

Description:   An easy to read and understand book about the life of a star.  Lots of good diagrams and pictures.  Some physics.

 

Title:                Voyage through the Universe – The Far Planets

Author:              Time Life Series

Quantity:            1

Description:             Circa 1989

 

 

Title:                The Universe in a Nutshell

Author:              Stephen Hawking

Quantity:            1

Description:   Writing in a lighthearted, personal, often humorous style and with colorful and entertaining graphics on every page, Hawking succeeds in communicating his love and enthusiasm for science. Without seeming to condescend, he makes a valiant attempt to clarify many fascinating and elusive topics such as relativity and time; multiple universes and dimensions; black holes and dark matter; prediction of the future; and the possibility of time travel. Those usually daunted by scientific texts might enjoy puzzling over the graphics; many of them, together with excellent captions, fully restate the content of the text in an alternative (and, for some, more understandable) manner. Also, Hawking enriches readers' vocabularies with many of the sometimes-playful words, phrases, and acronyms essential to an acquaintance with modern physics-supergravity and supersymmetry, "p-branes" and proto-galaxies, MACHOS and WIMPS.

 

NEW ADDITIONS

 

Title:                Star Gazing with Telescope and Camera

Author:              George Keene

Quantity:            1

Description:   Covers the basics of grinding a mirror, building a reflecting telescope and then taking pictures with it.  Has the math and diagrams to support your tasks.  (1967)

 

Title:                Everybody's Comet:  A Layman's Guide to Hale-Bopp

Author:              Alan Hale

Quantity:            1

Description:   Written before Hale-Bopp arrival.  Good general history and comet information.

 

Title:                More Small Astronomical Observatories

Author:              Patrick Moore

Quantity:            1

Description:   Details the methods and techniques employed by non-professional astronomers from all over the world, providing a wonderful resource for anyone wishing to build a small observatory of almost any kind. Soft cover. CD-ROM included.

 

Title:                Failure Is Not an Option

Author:              Gene Kranz

Quantity:            1

Description:   Gene Kranz was a flight director for most of the U.S. manned space program, and was on duty for some of the most critical events - including the first moon landing, and, of course the Apollo 13 accident.  In "Failure Is Not an Option," Kranz tells the story of Mission Control from the beginning (he wrote some of the initial procedures manuals) through the Space Shuttle program. He shows how the ground controllers developed into a team, not only with each other, but with the astronauts on board the spacecraft.  Kranz may not be the most polished writer, but this is a first-person account from someone who helped make history. One of the things I really liked about the book is that Kranz not only took detailed notes during the missions (that was his first flight assignment), but he held on to them and used them to provide a more detailed account than I have seen before of the key missions from the perspective of Mission Control. He doesn't pull punches, and he's not afraid to admit mistakes, and this gives this book an air of honesty that you don't always find in an autobiography.

 


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Videos     

 

Title:     At the Summit

Author:              Bob Miller

Description:              A presentation about his days at Mauna Kea

 

Title:                 Time of Apollo

Author:              NASA

Quantity:            1

Description:       Chronicles the Apollo space era in America, a goal which President John F. Kennedy established in 1961, to put man on the moon.

 

 

Title:                 Houston, We’ve Got a Problem

Author:              NASA

Quantity:            1

Description:             A video chronicle of the Apollo 13 saga.

 

 

Title:                 Mission of Apollo-Soyuz

Author:              NASA

Quantity:            1

Description:             A video chronicle of the Apollo-Soyuz mission.

 

 

Title:                 On the Shoulders of Giants

Author:              NASA

Quantity:            1

Description:       You have just come aboard the Apollo 17 journey to Taurus-Littrow, the final lunar landing mission in the Apollo Program. You will witness the highlights of the mission and how it will relate to Skylab, The Apollo/Soyuz linkup and the Space Shuttle.

 

 

Title:                 Nothing So Hidden

Author:              NASA

Quantity:            1

Description:            Different clips of the moon missions focusing on Apollo 16.

 

Title:                 New Look at the Old Moon

Author:              NASA

Quantity:            1

Description:       After a brief summary of the Apollo missions and laboratory investigative techniques, the film treats the major epochs in lunar history uncovered by the Apollo investigations. Finally, the study of the Moon is depicted as having a practical role in the future of science and technology, as well as serving as the pattern for the future exploration of space.

 

Title:                 Moon Old and New

Author:              NASA

Quantity:            1

Description:             This video reviews lunar soil samples and the clues they provide.

 

Title:                 In the Mountains of the Moon

Author:              NASA

Quantity:            1

Description:             Different clips of the moon missions focusing on Apollo 15.

 


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CD's

 

Title:                Apollo 14:  Mission to Fra Mauor

Author:              NASA

Description:              NASA video clips from Apollo 14.  Can play on Windows media player

Quantity:            2

 

Title:                The Ultimate CCD Collection

Author:              Jack Newton & Don Parker

Description:              Astrophotographs of Planets, M's and NGC's copyrighted for private viewing only.

                        Copyrighted  - For private viewing only.

Quantity:            2

 

Title:                Messier Marathon Training Tool

Author:              Jim Herron (AAoJ Member)

Description:              Starry Night Pro renderings of all Messier Objects.  Listed in Penningtons’ search order.

Quantity:            1

 

Title:                USNO A2 Catalog

Author:              USNO

Description:              13 CD's, all stars down to 21 magnitude (526 million)

Quantity:            1

 

Title:                Hubble Guide Star Catalog (GSC) Version

Author:              HIPPARCOS/TYCHO consortia

Description:  19,000,000 stars, The HST GSC contains nearly 19 million objects brighter than sixteenth magnitude of which more than 15 million are classified as stars

Quantity:            1

 

Title:                USNO-SA 2.0 Astrometric Reference Catalog

Author:              USNO

Description:  The U.S. Naval Observatory SA2.0 is a catalog of 55 million sources intended to provide a grid of astrometric reference objects over the whole sky.  Mag. 16 - 19

Quantity:            1

 

Title:                "Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts), Ver 2.5"

Author:              Freeware

Description:              Excellent desktop planetarium package. 

Quantity:            3

 

Title:                Virtual Moon Atlas (Ver. 1.6)

Author:              Freeware

Description:              Moon Atlas

Quantity:            2

 

Title:                Our Solar System and Beyond

Author:              Freeware

Description:              Older NASA Photos

Quantity:            1

 

Title:                Telescope Workshop 101

Author:              AAoJ

Description:              All the files from Telescope Workshop 101 at MI Space & Science Center, Jan 2003

Quantity:            1

 

Title:                Mixed Astro Stuff

Author:              Freeware

Description:              Contains copies of the following:

Virtual Moon Atlas, Cartes du Ciel, Messier Log Text, Skyview, Astrostack2, k3CCD Tools, Complete NGC List, Carbon Star List, Deep Sky 4, Sky Map Pro 5 (eval copy

Quantity:            2

 

Title:                SOAR Video

Author:              Dr. Timothy Beers

Description:              Presentation given to AAoJ about MSU's SOAR Telescope, Nov. 2002

Quantity:            1

 

Title:                At The Summit

Author:              Bob Miller

Description:              A presentation about his days at Mauna Kea

Quantity:            1

 

Title:                Lake Hudson Dark Sky Preserve

Author:              Wes Boyd & Jim Whitehouse

Description:              Presentation to AAoJ about the inception of LHDSP, Feb 2001.

Quantity:            1

 

Title:                Deep Sky 2000

Author:              unknown

Description:              Desktop planetarium program (eval copy) 

Quantity:            1

 

Title:                Clear Skies

Author:              Swinburne Astronomy Online

Description:              An intro to the night sky for Australia

Quantity:            1

 

 

NEW ADDITIONS

Title:                Deep-Sky Planner 2.0

Author:              Phyllis Lang

Quantity:            1

Description:   Observation Planning Software for amateur astronomers

 

 

Title:                Venus Explorer

Author:              John Hinkley

Quantity:            1

Description:   An MS-DOS program about Venus with NASA pictures.

 

Title:                Mars Rover

Author:              Romtech

Quantity:            2 (Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere)

Description:   A “Fly Over” perspective of the Martian surface using data from orbital satellite information up to 1996.