Literature - Books & Magazines
Please note that many astronomy books come in different binding formats, for example, paperback, spiral bound, hardback, etc. For field use, spiral is nice as the book stays open when placed on a table. Also, some come with plastic-coated pages to protect the paper from dew.

Please note that covers may not depict the latest editions. This suggested reading does not constitute or imply an endorsement by RAC of the books introduced on this page.

Introductory Books

• Exploring the Night Sky, Terence Dickinson (for kids)
• Nightwatch, 3rd Ed., Terence Dickinson
• Turn Left at Orion, 3rd Ed., Consolmagno & Davis
• The Binocular Stargazer, Leslie Peltier
• The Night Sky, David Chandler
• Exploring the Night Sky with Binoculars, David Chandler
Intermediate Books

• The Backyard Astronomer's Guide, 2nd Ed., Terence Dickinson, Alan Dyer
• Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide, 5th Ed., Dinah Moche
• Night Sky Observer's Guide, George Kepple and Glen Sanner (two volumes)
• Deep Sky Wonders, Walter Scott Houston
• The Deep Sky: An Introduction, Phil Harrington
• Burnham's Celestial Handbook, Robert Burnham, Jr. (three volume set)

Star Atlases

• Bright Star Atlas 2000.0, Wil Tirion (purchase at
• Norton's 2000.0 Star Atlas and Reference Handbook, Longman
• Sky Atlas 2000.0, Wil Tirion
• Uranometria 2000.0, Second Edition, Tirion, Rppaport, and Remaklus

Some of these books are found in the library, most can be purchased at or


• Sky and Telescope ( - USA
• Astronomy ( - USA
• Sky & Space ( - Australia