First Book for a New Star Watcher

I’ll be really honest with you, the purpose of this post is two fold:

1.   I am often asked for a favorite book to start learning about stars and star watching.

It would be “ Nightwatch” by Terence Dickinson.  The star charts are excellent and easy to follow. The background information is interesting (even to my wife who says she still thinks of stars as pin-holes punched through black construction paper)

2.  I am trying to figure out how to provide links to my favorite books on Amazon.  Let me know how this works for you!

Now here is a link to it if you like.












Share Something that Lasts Forever

Albireo Double Star in Cygnus

My wife tells the story of the “favorite” gift I have given her.  It is the stars.  She’ll be the first to admit each little observation I shared was not always completely appreciated at the moment.  (Mostly because the occurred during the long walk to the front door while I had custody of the house keys.)   Over time, her interest grew.  Then her curiosity grew.  Then, as she tells it, she never felt far from me because the stars were always “ours”.  Forever there.

Her favorite is Alberio.

The point is, don’t be hesitant to share your passion with people even if they do not seem to understand at first.  Be gentle.  Be patient. Be tenacious. And know that sometimes the difference you make in other people’s lives will not be readily apparent.