Catching Light - For Stargazers
City Lights Bookstore encourages folks to go outside on clear nights and catch some starlight. Set up a reclining lawn chair away from sources of stray light. Maybe prop your elbows on the chair arms to steady a binocular, or let your unaided eyes wander through the stars. If the moon's not flooding the sky with reflected sunlight, how many meteors do you count in an hour? Can you spot any planets or perhaps some faint fuzzy objects? How about patches of blackness set against the blue/gray background sky? Have you ever split a double or appreciated the different colors of light that reach us from neighboring stars? If you're curious about what's up there, pay us a visit in downtown Sylva, North Carolina. Ask about the availability of new or used optics to help you see more than naked-eye stargazing permits. In addition to a modest selection of tools and accessories, we stock a fine range of charts and books to inform and delight the amateur astronomer. We've highlighted a few of our favorites below.
We're developing other reading lists focused on planetary science, spaceflight, and astrophysics.
2023 Night Sky Almanac: A Month-By-Month Guide to North America's Skies from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (Paperback)
The Night Sky: A Folding Pocket Guide to the Moon, Stars, Planets and Celestial Events (Pocket Naturalist Guide) (Paperback)
Burnham's Celestial Handbook, Volume One: An Observer's Guide to the Universe Beyond the Solar System Volume 1 (Dover Books on Astronomy #1) (Large Print / Paperback)
Burnham's Celestial Handbook, Volume Two: An Observer's Guide to the Universe Beyond the Solar Systemvolume 2 (Dover Books on Astronomy #2) (Paperback)
Burnham's Celestial Handbook, Volume Three: An Observer's Guide to the Universe Beyond the Solar Systemvolume 3 (Dover Books on Astronomy #3) (Paperback)
National Geographic Solar System Wall Map - Laminated (24.25 X 18.25 In) (National Geographic Reference Map) (Not Folded)
National Geographic Milky Way Wall Map - Laminated (31.25 X 20.25 In) (National Geographic Reference Map) (Not Folded)
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