Resources for Stargazers

City Lights Bookstore encourages folks to go outside on clear nights and take in the wonder of the skyscape. 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 can be seen up there, pay us a visit in downtown Sylva, North Carolina. Ask about the availability of new or used optics to take you deeper into the depths 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 sciencespaceflight, and astrophysics.

 

 

 

 

Nightwatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe By Terence Dickinson, Timothy Ferris (Foreword by), Adolf Schaller (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Terence Dickinson, Timothy Ferris (Foreword by), Adolf Schaller (Illustrator)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781554071470
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Firefly Books - September 12th, 2006

Turn Left at Orion: Hundreds of Night Sky Objects to See in a Home Telescope - And How to Find Them By Guy Consolmagno, Dan M. Davis Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9781108457569
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Cambridge University Press - January 24th, 2019

2022 Night Sky Almanac: A Month-By-Month Guide to North America's Skies from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada By Nicole Mortillaro Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780228103264
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Firefly Books - November 17th, 2021

The Stars: A New Way to See Them By H. A. Rey Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780544763449
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books - December 6th, 2016

The Backyard Astronomer's Guide By Terence Dickinson, Alan Dyer, Sara Seager (Foreword by) Cover Image
$49.95
ISBN: 9780228103271
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Firefly Books - September 10th, 2021

Exploring the Night Sky with Binoculars By Patrick Moore Cover Image
$17.98
ISBN: 9780521793902
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Cambridge University Press - October 16th, 2000

The Cambridge Star Atlas By Wil Tirion Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9780521173636
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Cambridge University Press - January 27th, 2011

Interstellarum Deep Sky Guide Field Edition By Ronald Stoyan, Uwe Glahn Cover Image
$303.75
ISBN: 9781108453851
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Cambridge University Press - October 18th, 2018

21st Century Atlas of the Moon By Charles A. Wood, Maurice J. S. Collins Cover Image
$33.99
ISBN: 9781938228803
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: West Virginia University Press - December 1st, 2012

Deep-Sky Companions: The Messier Objects By Stephen James O'Meara Cover Image
$49.99
ISBN: 9781107018372
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Cambridge University Press - April 7th, 2014

Photography: Night Sky: A Field Guide for Shooting After Dark By Jennifer Wu, James Martin Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781594858383
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mountaineers Books - March 13th, 2014

Astronomical Sketching: A Step-By-Step Introduction (Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy) By Richard Handy, David B. Moody, Jeremy Perez Cover Image
$65.24
ISBN: 9780387262406
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Springer - June 12th, 2007

The History of Astronomy (Very Short Introductions) By Michael Hoskin Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9780192803061
Availability: Backordered at our warehouse
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - July 31st, 2003

The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy's Vanishing Explorers By Emily Levesque Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781728234458
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Sourcebooks - January 4th, 2022

Firefly Planisphere: Latitude 42 Degrees North By Wil Tirion (Illustrator), Robin Scagell Cover Image
By Wil Tirion (Illustrator), Robin Scagell
$22.00
ISBN: 9780228101277
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Firefly Books - November 30th, 2018

The Night Sky: A Folding Pocket Guide to the Moon, Stars, Planets and Celestial Events (Pocket Naturalist Guide) By James Kavanagh, Raymond Leung (Illustrator) Cover Image
By James Kavanagh, Raymond Leung (Illustrator)
$7.95
ISBN: 9781620052808
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Waterford Press - August 15th, 2017

Night Sky Guide By Rick Fienberg (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Cover Image
By Rick Fienberg (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$8.95
ISBN: 9781935380184
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Earth Sky + Water - May 31st, 2007

Burnham's Celestial Handbook, Volume Three: An Observer's Guide to the Universe Beyond the Solar Systemvolume 3 (Dover Books on Astronomy #3) By Robert Burnham Cover Image
$32.95
ISBN: 9780486236735
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: Dover Publications - January 1st, 1979

National Geographic: The Solar System: 2 Sided Wall Map - Laminated (24.25 X 18.25 Inches) By National Geographic Maps Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780792250067
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: National Geographic Maps - January 1st, 2012

National Geographic: The Milky Way Wall Map - Laminated (31.25 X 20.25 Inches) By National Geographic Maps Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780792250081
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: National Geographic Maps - November 30th, 2017

National Geographic Pocket Guide to the Night Sky of North America By Catherine H. Howell Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781426217852
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: National Geographic - March 7th, 2017

$5.98
SKU: 075353035061

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