How To Look At The Stars In The Night Sky


If you are anything like me, and I know you are, just a little bit….you love to step outside your camp or cottage and take a look up at the night sky, soaking in the wonders of space and the stars above you.

I do it almost every night at the cottage, particularly if it’s a good clear night with lots of stars.

However, apart from identifying the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper and sometimes the North Star and the Moon, (yes I can point out the moon) I haven’t got a very good handle on what I am looking at. It’s a frustration of mine, born of my laziness and the fact that ultimately, even though I am a famous blogger, I am not exactly the brightest star in my universe.

But that doesn’t stop me from trying….I have come across a couple of books that show promise for helping me and you to understand the stars and the night skies above us. These will make great companions at the cottage or on a camping trip to the great outdoors.

For the cottage, mainly because I will be using binoculars rather than a telescope, I think I am going with Binocular Highlights: 99 Celestial Sights for Binocular Users (Sky & Telescope Stargazing) by Gary Seronik.

Gary is an award-winning astronomy writer and speaker based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. When it comes to binocular astronomy, telescope making, and lunar observing he is where it’s at.

Gary writes for Sky & Telescope Magazine and is a regular columnist for the Canadian publication SkyNews.
You can find out more about the night sky and Gary Seronik at his website:
Gary Seronik.com – A Place For Stargazing Enthusiasts

In addition to Gary Seronik’s book, there are lots more, including the following books about stargazing and the night sky:
The 50 Best Sights in Astronomy and How to See Them: Observing Eclipses, Bright Comets, Meteor Showers, and Other Celestial Wonders

Star Watch: The Amateur Astronomer’s Guide to Finding, Observing, and Learning about Over 125 Celestial Objects

The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide

Stargazing for Beginners

Binocular Stargazing

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