2017 Guide to the Night Sky


2017 Guide to the Night Sky - £6.99

Compiled by Storm Dunlop and Wil Tirion. A comprehensive month-by-month handbook to the stars and constellations visible from Britain and Ireland in 2017. This practical guidebook is both an easy introduction to astronomy and a useful reference for seasoned stargazers. The book includes: *Advice on where to start looking *Easy-to-use star maps for each month with descriptions of what to see *Positions of the moon and visible planets, with special charts showing when planets are most visible *Details of objects and events you might see in 2017. Softback - 96 pages



Philip's Essential Guide To Space


Philip's Essential Guide To Space - £14.99

PHILIP’S ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO SPACE is a stimulating guide detailing recent developments in space exploration written by SPA Council Member, Paul Sutherland. You are taken on a beautifully illustrated and informative journey - from the earliest beginnings of rockets and artificial satellites, through the first manned space missions, and on to the latest space probes venturing out intro the farthest reaches of the Solar System and the observatories in space that are delving deeper into the origins of the Universe. Paul describes the early attempts to build rockets in order to propel artificial satellites into Earth orbit for the first time, and examines the difficulties that were overcome in order to launch humans into orbit and on to the Moon. In time, these advances in technology led to the construction and operation of the International Space Station. Hardcover-192 pages



Jupiter and How to Observe It

Jupiter and How to Observe It - £19.99

By John McAnally. Jupiter is one of the most spectacular observing targets for amateur astronomers. There are various books about observing the planets, and several about Jupiter itself, but this is the only book to deal with the giant planet - its formation, structure, and incredible physics - as well as with the practical aspects of observation of the planet and its moons. The concept of the book - and of the series - is to present an up-to-date detailed physical and astrophysical description (part one); and then (part two) to consider how best to observe and image the giant planet. Jupiter and How to Observe It is a mine of information for all levels of amateur observers, from the beginning to the experienced, and will be fascinating reading for all practical amateur astronomers. Softcover - 217 pages



The Moon and How to Observe It

The Moon and How to Observe It - £19.99

By Peter Grego. This revolutionary new book is written for practical amateur astronomers who not only want to observe, but want to know the details of exactly what they are looking at. The Moon is the most commonly observed of all astronomical objects. This is the first book to deal equally with the Moon itself - its formation, geology, and history - as well as the practical aspects of observation. The concept of the book - and of the series - is to present an up-to-date detailed description of the Moon, including its origins, history, and geology (part one); and then (part two) to consider how best to observe and record it successfully using commercially-available equipment. The Moon and How to Observe It is a mine of information for all levels of amateur observers, from the beginner to the experienced Softcover - 276 pages



Moon Map (Philip's)

Moon Map (Philip's) - £6.99

By Peter Grego. This large-format map shows more than 500 physical features - craters, seas, mountain ranges, peaks, valleys and rilles and the landing sites of unmanned and manned spacecraft. There are tips on observation, explanations of the moons phases, and a small map of the dark side of the moon. Further Detail This large-format map is drawn by Dr John Murray, a research lecturer at the Open University. More than 500 physical features - craters, seas, mountain ranges, peaks, valleys and rilles (elongated depressions) - are named and indexed, and the landing sites of unmanned and manned spacecraft are also marked. The observer can thus readily identify objects seen through binoculars or telescope, or pick targets for a programme of observation. The chart includes a small map of the far side of the moon, never visible from the Earth. The map is accompanied by a practical guide to lunar observation, describing the various types of feature to observe, illustrated with drawings and photographs. Tips are given on the best point in the lunar cycle to observe the most interesting of these features. Guidelines on drawing or photographing the moon are also included. Colour artworks explain the moon's orbit and why its phase changes during the course of month. Also explained, with the help of illustrations, are the path of the moon during the course of the year, and why lunar and solar eclipses occur.



Observing Variable Stars

Observing Variable Stars - £42.99

By Gerry Good. Observing variable stars is one of the major contributions amateur astronomers make to science. There are 36,000 variable stars listed in the General Catalogue of Variable Stars, so it is clearly impossible for the limited number of professional observatories to target even the majority of them. That's where amateur astronomers come in - thousands of them turning their telescopes to the sky every night. Variable star observing is the most popular of "real science" activities for amateurs, and Gerry Good's book provides everything needed. The first part of the book provides a highly detailed account of the various classes of variable star, with examples, illustrations and physical descriptions. The second section covers practical aspects of observing, everything from preparation and planning, through observing techniques, to data management and reduction. Softcover - 274 pages



Night Sky Atlas (Philip's)

Night Sky Atlas (Philip's) - £14.99

By Robin Scagell with maps by Wil Tirion. The brand new Philip's Night Sky Atlas is a highly practical atlas for observers using binoculars or a small telescope. It is an ideal choice for the back-yard astronomer, with a sturdy, damp-proof binding and pages that can be opened out flat without coming loose. Philip's Night Sky Atlas begins by presenting the whole sky in a series of six maps, showing stars down to magnitude 5.5 - all visible with binoculars or a small telescope. These maps are drawn with black stars on a white background, so that observers can pencil their own observations on to the charts, and are printed on tough paper that can withstand repeated 'rubbings out'. Opposite each map is a 'photorealistic' image which shows how the same portion of the sky appears to the naked eye. The next group of maps show the most interesting parts of the sky at a much larger scale, in 40 full-colour constellation charts, accompanied by colour photographs and drawings and a detailed explanatory text. The next section deals with the Moon and planets. A fully annotated map of the Moon is accompanied by an introductory guide to lunar observing. A map of Mars shows the major zones of the planet as they can be seen through a telescope. Photographs, drawings and tables of location data are provided for Mars and the other planets of our Solar System. The final section of the atlas provides further data on deep sky objects such as galaxies, double stars and nebulae, and includes lists of interesting targets for observation.



Pocket Star Atlas (Philip's)

Pocket Star Atlas (Philip's) - £4.99

By John Cox. "The Philip's Pocket Star Atlas" is a highly practical atlas in a compact format for use out of doors. It contains a series of maps showing the entire night sky, as well as a mass of useful astronomical data. It is suitable for use anywhere in the world. This popular atlas is now in its fourth edition, for which it has been revised, updated and expanded. It presents the sky in a series of 16 maps, showing stars down to magnitude 5.5. This means all stars are visible to the naked eye in semi-rural conditions. Softcover - 64 pages



Planisphere 51½º (Philip's)

Planisphere 51½º (Philip's) - £9.99

Invaluable means of finding out what stars and constellations are visible at any date and time from the UK. Sturdy plastic, 29 cm diameter. Comes complete with full instructions for use, sunrise and sunset times and planetary positions.



Saturn and How to Observe It

Saturn and How to Observe It - £19.99

By Julius Benton. Modern comprehensive review of the formation, astronomy, and structure of Saturn and its ring system, and observing techniques for amateurs Very latest detailed theories and physical descriptions How to observe and image the Saturn, its moon and ring, using a variety of telescope apertures and magnifications Softcover - 189 pages



Setting Up A Small Observatory

Setting Up A Small Observatory - £19.99

By David Arditti. Every amateur astronomer who is considering a purpose-built observatory will find this book absolutely invaluable during both the planning and the construction stages. Drawing on David Arditti’s practical experience and that of many other amateur astronomers, it gives invaluable help in making all the important decisions. To begin with, Setting up a Small Observatory addresses what you really need from an observatory, whether to build or buy, what designs you should consider, and where you should site it. Uniquely, it also considers the aesthetics of an amateur observatory: how to make it fit in with your home, garden, and yard, even disguising it as a more common garden building if necessary. There’s also a wealth of practical details for constructing and equipping your small observatory – everything from satisfying local planning laws and building codes through to making sure that your completed observatory is well-equipped, convenient, and comfortable to use. Whether you are considering a simple low-tech DIY approach to a fixed observatory, or aspiring to a sophisticated domed building, there is something here for you. Softcover - 240 pages



Solar System Observer Pack

Solar System Observer Pack - £12.99

Contains three essential items for solar systemobserving: Solar System Observer's Guide, Solar System Phenomena and Solar System Chart.



Star Clusters and How to Observe Them

Star Clusters and How to Observe Them - £22.00

By Mark Allison. Star Clusters and How to Observe Them is a mine of information for all levels of amateur observers, from beginners to experienced observers. It begins with a detailed yet easily assimilated description of star clusters, how they were formed as our Milky Way galaxy evolved, and how they are classified. The latest research has revealed a vast amount of fascinating information about the clusters, along with some spectacular photographs. Modern commercially-made telescopes enable amateur astronomers to see a surprising amount of detail, and to record – using CCD cameras, video, webcams or even film – some remarkably beautiful and detailed images. There is detailed information on using refractors, reflectors, SCT’s (like Meade and Celestron) and computer-controlled telescopes The book includes an Observing List cataloguing star clusters to be observed or imaged using a variety of different instruments, all of them available commercially to amateur astronomers Softcover - 212 pages



Stargazing with Binoculars (Philip's)

Stargazing with Binoculars (Philip's) - £8.99

By Robin Scagell and David Frydman. This is the book for anyone who wants to use their binoculars to study the stars. Even if you've no idea which star is which, it tells you how to learn the sky so that you can begin finding objects with your binoculars. The star maps can be used throughout the world, in both northern and southern hemispheres. You'll be surprised how much you can see even through basic binoculars, once you know where to look. So there are lists of objects that can be viewed month by month, with actual descriptions of what they look like through binoculars. Specially drawn maps show you how to find the objects once you have picked out the basic constellations. And we don't just tell you – we use drawings actually made using binoculars of deep-sky objects such as nebulae and galaxies so you know what to expect. Many objects in the solar system, from the Moon to comets, are spectacular through binoculars, and these are covered as well. And of course there are chapters that tell you how to choose and use binoculars, and what the technical terms mean.



Stargazing with a Telescope (Philip's)

Stargazing with a Telescope (Philip's) - £8.99

By Robin Scagell. Discusses what to expect from a telescope and how to choose the right one. This book offers explanations of how they work and how to progress from first-time user to hobby observer. It also offers practical help for setting up and using different telescopes, and provides lists of objects to look at with different sizes of telescopes.



The Sun and How to Observe It

The Sun and How to Observe It - £21.99

By Jamie Jenkins. Without the Sun, all life on Earth would perish. But what exactly do we know about this star that lights, heats, and powers Earth? Actually, we know quite a lot, thanks mainly to a host of eager solar observers. Looking directly at the Sun is EXTREMELY hazardous. But many astronomers, both professional and amateur, have found ways to view the Sun safely to learn about it. You, too, can view the Sun in all of its glorious detail. Some of the newest, most exciting telescopes on the market are affordable to amateur astronomers or even just curious sky watchers, and with this guide to what the Sun has to offer, including sunspots, prominences, and flares, plus reviews of the latest instruments for seeing and capturing images of the Sun, you can contribute to humankind’s knowledge of this immense ball of glowing gases that gives us all life. Softcover - 210 pages



Uranus, Neptune and Pluto and How to Observe Them

Uranus, Neptune and Pluto and How to Observe Them - £19.99

By Richard Schmude. This book tells the story of two giants and a dwarf. The giants, Uranus and Neptune, are mostly huge balls of gas, and they make their home in the remotest reaches of the Solar System. The dwarf, Pluto, which can usually be found even farther out than the two giants, was always small, but up until a short while ago, it enjoyed the same status as the other planets, a full-fledged member of the Solar System. Today, Pluto has been re-classified as a "dwarf planet." In this clear and succinct overview of the current research on these remote Solar System objects, Richard Schmude, Jr., tells us what facts we do know about these faraway entities, what we are seeking to know, and also how to observe them for yourself, using commercially available telescopes. He also explains why Pluto was re-classified and what it means, exactly, to be a dwarf planet. Intrigued by these objects since boyhood, Schmude has compiled a loving tribute to them, if not making them warm and fuzzy, at least making them seem less remote and bringing them into our current frame of reference, giving them personality and revealing their worth in our understanding of the structure and nature of the Solar System in which we live. Softcover - 232 pages



Venus and Mercury and How to Observe Them

Venus and Mercury and How to Observe Them - £19.99

By Peter Grego. Mercury and Venus - known as the "inferior planets" because they are closer to the Sun than the Earth is - have always been regarded as difficult and even dangerous targets for amateur astronomers. Recent advances in commercially-made instruments have, however, brought them within range of only moderately experienced observers, and certainly Mercury and Venus are by no means inferior in terms of visual delights, observing challenges...and mystery. Venus and Mercury and How to Observe Them offers a wealth of detailed practical information on every aspect of observing, from safely targeting the two planets, through visual observing, to sketching and electronic imaging. This is of course much more than a book about observing. We now know a lot more of the origin and evolution of Mercury and Venus, and Peter Grego describes the most recent theories of their probable formation, geology, and history. Not only does this include a lot about the surface of the planets, but also their internal structure, magnetic fields, and atmospheres. Softcover - 262 pages



A Walk Through the Heavens

A Walk Through the Heavens - £14.99

By Milton D. Helfetz and Wil Tirion. What star is that? Where is the Great Bear? A Walk through the Heavens is a beautiful and easy-to-use guide to the constellations of the northern hemisphere. By following the unique simplified maps, readers will be able to easily find and identify the constellations and the stars within them. Ancient myths and legends of the sky are retold, adding to the mystery of the stars. Written for the complete beginner, this practical guide introduces the patterns of the starry skies in a memorable way. No equipment is needed, apart from normal sight and clear skies. Softcover - 96 pages




100 FACTS - SPACE TRAVEL - £6.99

This book contains bite-sized chunks of information aimed at young readers of age 7+. Blast off and venture into the incredible reality of space travel. Explore super spacecraft, amazing astronauts and famous firsts through one hundred facts, fantastic images and fun cartoons. Find out what powers a spacecraft, why astronauts go on spacewalks, and how long it would take to travel to Mars.



Philip's 101 Objects To Spot In The Night Sky

Philip's 101 Objects To Spot In The Night Sky - £9.99

This book is a fun and practical guide to identifying and observing 101 of the most fascinating and exciting sights in the northern hemisphere sky for newcomers to astronomy. It explains what can be seen using the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. In this book, author Robin Scagell, SPA Vice President, shows where to look in the sky to see a particular object or group of objects, e.g. a planet, lunar craters, a constellation, meteors, galaxies etc. Also includes a fact file for major objects. Softcover, 224 pages



Guide to Stars and Planets (Philip's)

Guide to Stars and Planets (Philip's) - £9.99

This is a new edition of Sir Patrick Moore's practical and popular "Guide to Stars and Planets". This latest edition has been updated with new information from the Cassini mission to Saturn and the Huygens lander on Titan, the Mars Express orbiter and the Spirit and Opportunity rovers on Mars' surface, and Deep Impact's encounter with a comet. Philip's "Guide to Stars and Planets" provides all the information you need to study the night sky with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. It includes a detailed Moon map and a complete atlas of the constellations, and is suitable for observers in both the northern and southern hemispheres. A straightforward and comprehensive handbook, it opens with chapters on the Moon, the Sun, the planets, the stars and galaxies, as well as information on astrophotography, telescopes and an explanation of the apparent movement of the night sky. The second section of the book comprises a full set of constellation maps, created by renowned celestial cartographer Wil Tirion. The book concludes with a comprehensive glossary, and timelines of astronomy and space exploration. Softcover - 256 pages



How to Observe the Sun Safely

How to Observe the Sun Safely - £31.99

By Lee Macdonald. The second edition of this book gives all the advice the amateur astronomer needs to observe the Sun. The book surveys what is visible on the Sun and discribes how to record solar features and how to measure activity levels. A new section discusses observing using the latest techniques in image processing. Softcover - 214 pages



Spot 50 Space

Spot 50 Space - £3.99

This pocket-sized guide enables readers to recognize 50 objects in space. Divided into seven clear sections, each entry comes with a colour artwork or photo and important identification labels. There is also key information and a detailed fact file to help with spotting. Includes tips on what equipment is needed, plus a glossary. Sections included are: The Solar System, Stars, Nebulae, Galaxies, Constellations, Objects Close to Earth and Space Exploration. Makes an ideal gift for a youngster or anyone new to astronomy. 56 pages - Softcover



Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Astronomy Photographer of the Year - £25.00

This collection of beautiful images of space taken by photographers from all over the world comprises images from the first four years of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. From giant storm systems in Jupiter’s atmosphere to the colourful wispy remnants of a supernova explosion and the dazzling green curtain of the Northern Lights, the competition brings together some of the last four years’ best space imagery of astronomical objects from within our solar system and far into deep space by astrophotographers from around the world. Each image is accompanied by caption, photographer, location and technical details. Hardcover - 224 pages - Full Colour - 27 x 26cm



Handbook - Space

Handbook - Space - £5.99

This handbook is the ultimate night sky identification guide. The opening section shows the reader how to find the planets, how to understand maps of the night sky, and gives information on how to observe space safely. Detailed factfiles cover the Sun, Moon, Planets, Comets and Stars. Each factfile gives important identification tips with a wealth of detailed artwork and a photo file, as well as key dates and important information on how and when to spot objects. Children are encouraged to take photos and make notes. Softcover, 96 pages



The Urban Astronomy Guide

The Urban Astronomy Guide - £9.99

Although light pollution from nearby cities, towns or floodlit buildings affects us all, there is still a host of celestial delights to be seen! The SPA's Robin Scagell shows that night-time lighting and sky brightening can be overcome. Even if the unaided eye can spot only a few hundred stars, using binoculars or a small telescope will show many times more and can give good views of every type of major astronomical object, especially when used in conjunction with filters and simple electronic devices which can reveal sights similar to those of professional instruments in use only 30 years ago. Softcover - 208 pages