5 Best Astronomy Books For Beginners

Have you ever watched the star on the night sky and wondered about what lies far beyond? If so, then you definitely need to get a book on astronomy and start stargazing more often. Here are the five best picks to get you started.

#1 The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide

The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide has been revised many times and every time it gets better. It is suitable for all levels which makes it an absolute must-read for beginners. You will be able to read about the basics that not many people talk about such as choosing your telescope, reading celestial maps, telescope photography, and so much more.

There are over 500 magnificent illustrations and photographs in the Guide that will make you fall in love with space all over again. Moreover, there is even a guide to the Milky Way 20 pages long. The book touches on almost every aspect of astronomy while avoiding complex jargon that could confuse and scare away the regular user.

After reading The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide, you will be able to navigate the night sky almost effortlessly. You will have all of the basic knowledge needed to advance to higher levels. In addition to that, you will also know a bunch of stuff about telescopes, astrophotography, and digital cameras.

#2 Turn Left at Orion: Hundreds of Night Sky Objects to See in a Home Telescope – and How to Find Them

Turn Left at Orion: Hundreds of Night Sky Objects to See in a Home Telescope—and How to Find Them is considered one of the most comprehensive books on astronomy for beginners currently available on the market. With over 100 thousand copies sold, this book has been praised by many beginners who had no idea about astronomy before purchasing it.

The best part about this book is that it talks about the celestial objects that can be seen with simple binoculars or inexpensive telescopes which makes astronomy very affordable for its readers. The book itself is very well-made which lets you take it with you whenever you decide to go stargazing.

Turn Left at Orion covers everything including moons, planets, nebulae, star clusters, and many other celestial objects (even the Southern Hemisphere ones). There is also a section on equipment suitable both for beginners and intermediate users. By the way, this book also has big diagrams and numerous tips on how to pinpoint celestial objects (as it is actually pretty hard).

#3 Nightwatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe

Nightwatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe is the best-selling introductory book on astronomy of all time (over 600 thousand copies sold worldwide during the past two decades). All of the complicated information is given in a very simple and understandable form which makes it a perfect pick for all beginners.

Of course, if you purchase all of the books on this list and still find that you are lacking something you can always look for resources in other languages. You can even translate these materials with the help of a translation service like The Word Point if you feel like you need some help.

Nightwatch has information on the sun, moon, planets, black holes, wormholes, and so much more. You will also read about equipment and astrophotography. Moreover, some popular sky charts are also included. In fact, this book is probably suitable for all ages thanks to its easy-to-understand explanations.

#4 National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky

National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky has all the information about the basics of astronomy. The book itself is also very durable which allows you to carry it wherever you go. Just like the previous books on the list, this one also has a section on the equipment you will need for stargazing such as telescopes, binoculars, accessories, and so on.

The book talks about which constellations can be viewed with a simple telescope or binoculars with all the constellations being arranged in alphabetical order. Every constellation also has a page-long profile with different information about each as well as their relationship to mythology and many illustrations.

By the way, the Guide also contains a brief history of astronomy and explanations of basic astronomical science. At the end of the book, there is an appendix with numerous resources on astronomy including websites, clubs, and associations.

#5 The Total Skywatcher’s Manual: 275+ Skills and Tricks for Exploring Stars, Planets, and Beyond

The Total Skywatcher’s Manual: 275+ Skills and Tricks for Exploring Stars, Planets, and Beyond was compiled by a group of members of the astronomical society and has a unique perspective on astronomy and how to get started with it. It’s a great manual to take with you into the field.

The book has tons of drawings, charts, and photos that will help you get a clearer picture of what you are looking for in the night sky. It is quite informative and avoids using jargon in order not to confuse the reader without a background about the subject. There are also some fun, quick facts here and there.

Most of the information in The Total Skywatcher’s Manual is about planets, size, distance from the sun, the number of moons for each planet, gravity, and many other astronomical phenomena. In addition to that, the book uses an indexing system that helps you find the needed information much faster.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, these are not all the books currently available for beginners but the ones we picked are definitely worth a read. After all, astronomy is fun and it can become your new hobby very quickly as it is quite interesting.

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