My Books +

The books, atlases, and maps listed here are ones that I’ve had a hand in producing — either writing, editing, or some other behind-the-scenes effort.

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BH book

Binocular Highlights:
99 Celestial Sights for Binocular Users

By Gary Seronik

Binocular Highlights is a tour of 99 different celestial sights — from softly glowing clouds of gas and dust, to interesting stars, clusters, and galaxies — all visible in binoculars. Each object is plotted on a detailed easy-to-use star map, and most of these sights can be found even in a light-polluted sky. Also included are four seasonal all-sky charts that help locate each highlight.

You don’t need fancy or expensive equipment to enjoy the wonders of the night sky. In fact, as even experienced stargazers know, to go beyond the naked-eye sky and delve deep into the universe, all you need are binoculars — even the ones hanging unused in your closet. If you don’t own any, Binocular Highlights explains what to look for when choosing binoculars for stargazing and provides observing tips for users of these portable and versatile mini-telescopes.

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PSA book

Sky & Telescope’s Pocket Sky Atlas
By Roger W. Sinnott

The best single-volume atlas of the night sky — bar none!

Perfect for experienced stargazers and beginners alike, Pocket Sky Atlas will have your exploring the heavens in no time. There has never been such a wonderfully detailed atlas so handy to take on trips and use at the telescope, thanks to its compact size, convenient spiral-bound design, and easy-to-read labels. The charts show both constellation boundaries and stick figures to help you find your way.

Pocket Sky Atlas has 80 charts that plot more than 30,000 stars and 1,500 deep-sky objects (including 675 galaxies oriented as they are in the sky) — all in a format small enough to fit in a glove compartment so you need never leave home without it.

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Rukl Atlas

Atlas of the Moon (Revised & updated)
By Antonín Rükl, edited by Gary Seronik

A classic. No Moon observer should be without it.

(Regrettably, this fine atlas now appears to be out of print, though used copies may surface from time to time.)

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Modern Moon

The Modern Moon: A Personal View
By Charles A. Wood, edited by Gary Seronik

The ideal companion volume to Rükl’s atlas.

Drawing on both traditional telescopic observations and the modern explorations of the Apollo, Clementine, and Lunar Prospector missions, The Modern Moon: A Personal View is an authoritative guidebook that tells you not only what to look for, but why to look. combining scientific understanding with detailed descriptions and exquisite photographs, this book turns every reader with a backyard telescope into a field geologist equipped to unravel the Moon’s past and understand its present.

“Seeing the Moon through Chuck Wood’s eyes is like getting to know an old friend for the first time. Let him be your tour guide with this remarkable book, and you’ll discover what scientists and astronauts have long known: Our nearest neighbor in space is one of the solar system’s crown jewels.”
— Andrew Chaikin, author of A Man on the Moon

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Field Map

Sky & Telescope’s Field Map of the Moon
By Antonín Rükl and Gary Seronik

Created by famed lunar cartographer Antonín Rükl, this superbly useful large-scale map shows the entire Earth-facing side of the Moon, including the libration zones. Nearly 1,000 features are clearly labeled and indexed. The map’s unique design lets you view the whole map, a single quadrant, or a neighboring pair of quadrants. For durability, it’s laminated with a weather-resistant finish.

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Mirror Field

Sky & Telescope’s Mirror-Image Field Map of the Moon
By Antonín Rükl and Gary Seronik

Created by famed lunar cartographer Antonín Rükl, this superbly useful large-scale map shows the entire Earth-facing side of the Moon, including the libration zones. This version is designed for users of telescopes that produce a mirror-reversed view, such as refractors (used with a star diagonal) and Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes.

Nearly 1,000 features are clearly labeled and indexed. The map’s unique design lets you view the whole map, a single quadrant, or a neighboring pair of quadrants. For durability, it’s laminated with a weather-resistant finish.

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Moon Map

Sky & Telescope’s Moon Map (Laminated)
By Gary Seronik

This photo-based Moon map clearly identifies and indexes more than 300 interesting features and is ideal for small telescopes and binoculars. Laminated, the map unfolds to present the Moon as a richly detailed 10½-inch diameter disk.

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Mirror-reversed Moon

Sky & Telescope’s Mirror-Image Moon Map
By Gary Seronik

This photo-based Moon map clearly identifies and indexes more than 300 interesting features and is ideal for for small telescopes producing a mirror-reversed view. Laminated, the map unfolds to present the Moon as a richly detailed 10½-inch diameter disk.

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ATM book

Amateur Telescope Making (Patrick Moore’s Practical Astronomy Series)
Stephen Tonkin (Ed.)

A collection of telescope-making projects that includes a chapter I wrote describing my 6-inch f/9 planetary reflector.

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