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Old 02-11-2017, 06:48 PM
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Binocular Astronomy Book Suggestions Please

Hi Folks

I have a colleague at work who is retiring at the end of the year. They already have a decent pair of binoculars (used for bird watching and watching the ships in Port Phillip Bay).

I want to get them a decent southern hemisphere book on binocular astronomy. Any thoughts/suggestions would be much appreciated.

Thank you all in advance.

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Old 02-11-2017, 07:35 PM
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I haven't been too fussed with most of the sth'ern hemi bingo books, most good bingo books are for nth'ern hemisphere only. There are 2 types of books, the ones with objects charts, or the more conversational style whereby you read thru the paragraphs & it describes seasons etc. Which type are you thinking of?
Robert bee book is still a really good one, a binocular guide to the southern skies, not sure if its available
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Old 03-11-2017, 05:47 AM
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Hi Daniel

Thanks for the reply. They don't know much astronomically speaking so was after a book that had objects that are relatively easy to find with a pair of binoculars with a little bit of history/explanation to go with the object.

The two books under consideration atm are:
Southern Sky Guide 3rd Edition by David Ellyard & Wil Tirion
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Atlas of the Southern Night Sky 4th Edition by Steve Massey & Steve Quirk

So I'm hoping that there are those who have read and or used these and could advise me accordingly as to their appropriateness.

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Old 03-11-2017, 10:43 AM
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not a big fan of either of those books in general, not sht'ern specific enough -they are editors who use a fair bit of a nth'ern hemi book & change charts etc to suit sth'ern skies
i checked robert bee book no longer avilable, try this https://www.bintel.com.au/product/ni...s-guide-vol-3/
its not inexepnsive though [can be bought cheaper elsewhere also]

to be honest the other really good work is a pdf done by one of the members here [rob horvat]-perhaps you could get it printed into a book; il see if i can dig up the pdf & ill pm you if i find it [it has constellations darwn the way we see them, not from a nth'ern hemi view

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Thank you for the info Daniel - I'll look into your suggestions.

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Old 03-11-2017, 12:08 PM
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i have found the pdf; pm me your email & ill send it thru
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Hi Paul,

You could try Stephen O'Meara's Deep Sky Companion: Southern Gems
(see: https://www.bookdepository.com/searc...arch=Find+book )
- this has a lot of objects that can be seen through binoculars, and some very good descriptions. (Do not get the e-book/Kindle version though! It is almost impossible to use because of its poor indexing.)
Others that aren't Southern-sky specific, but are very useful are:
Gary Serinok's "Binocular Highlights" has some very good descriptive stuff, and is more up-to-date. Again, the Book Depository has it at quite a good price (and free delivery): https://www.bookdepository.com/Binoc...8866961&sr=1-1
- and of course Phil Harrington's "Touring the Universe through binoculars". It is dated, but has some good stuff.

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Thank you Dean - I'll add to my list of books to look into.

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