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  • 2021 Guide to the Night Sky. Southern
  • Southern Nights
  • New Zealand's Night Sky Glow in the Dark Chart
  • Star Chart of the Southern Skies
  • Atlas of the Southern Night Sky
  • The Star Finder Book
  • The British Admiralty Type Star Identifier

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    2021 GUIDE TO THE NIGHT SKY. SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE
    By Storm Dunlop. Softback, 0.18kg, 150mm x 210mm. 112 pages, Published 2020.

    A month-by-month guide to exploring the skies above Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

    A comprehensive handbook to the planets, stars and constellations visible from the southern hemisphere. 6 pages for each month covering January–December 2021.
    Diagrams drawn for the latitude of southern Australia, but including events visible from New Zealand and South Africa.

    Content includes:

  • Advice on where to start looking
  • Easy-to-use star maps for each month with descriptions of what to see
  • Special, detailed charts for positions of planets, minor planets and comets in 2021
  • Seasonal charts
  • Details of dark sky sites
  • Details of objects and events you might see in 2021
  • Diagrams of notable events visible from Australia, and some for New Zealand and South Africa

    NZ$25.00 + delivery.

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    SOUTHERN NIGHTS
    By Naomi Arnold. Hardback, 1.15kg, 200mm x 265mm. Full colour 285 pages, Published 2019.

    Meet the night sky, down under

    Aotearoa New Zealand was founded on stargazing. It was celestial navigation that brought the first people here, and it was tatai arorangi, Maori astronomy, that helped people survive once they arrived. There is no better place on Earth to view the brilliance of other worlds.

    Covering eclipses, aurorae, comets and constellations, backyard observatories, traditional stargazers and world-class astrophotographers, this is the unique story of Te Whanau Marama, our family of light - the night sky that glows above us all.

    NZ$65.00 + delivery.

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    NEW ZEALAND'S NIGHT SKY GLOW IN THE DARK CHART
    By Stardome Observatory Auckland. Laminated folded chart, 0.035kgs,folded: 100mm x 210mm; Unfolded: 565mm x 210mm, full colour, published 2012.
    When you look up at the stars in the night sky it can be easy to think of them as lights glowing of some sort of large dark curved ceiling. It is impossible to distinguish whether you are looking at a bight star far away or a faint star much closer. The two stars of the Pointers Alpha and Beta Centauri appear about the same brightness, but the brighter one, Alpha Centauri, is the nearest to out Sun, and is 4.2 light years away 1 light-year is 9.5 trillion Kms!

    This beautifully presented fold out chart, which glows in the Dark, locates star patterns forJune 7pm (as per image on the right) and December 10pm. The reverse side has a legend of the Greek constellations and their meanings. A fabulous little guide for any night excursion away from the city lights!

    NZ$14.00 + delivery.

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    STAR CHART OF THE SOUTHERN SKIES.
    Poster, 722mm x 620mm.
    This chart depicts the night sky in autumn, as seen from 37 degrees South (New Zealand and southern Australia, South Africa and South America).
    This map shows the nigh sky as it appears at about 11pm local time in mid-April, 9pm in mid-May, and 7pm in mid-June. At these times the Southern Cross stands upright, dead south of the observer, and the Milky Way forms a great glowing arch across the sky.
    About 1000 stars have been shown - those of magnitude 4.5 or brighter. These correspond to the stars which may be seen easily from the suburbs of a large city on a clear, dark night. In rural areas, away from any artificial light, over 3600 stars are visible at any one time.

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    ATLAS OF SOUTHERN NIGHT SKY
    by Steve Massey. Softcover, 1.23kgs, 215mm x 280mm . Fourth Edition. Published 2016. 302 pages.
    If you ever needed a book to help you explore the wonderful night skies from down under, be it Australia, South America, South Africa or New Zealand, this is it. With hundreds of full colour star charts and maps of the Moon and planets of our Solar System, this book will ensure you get the most out of a pair of binoculars or a small telescope from suburban and dark country sky locations. Beautifully illustrated with many tips and advice on how to both understand, observe and even photograph the night sky, including the stars, galaxies, nebulae, Sun, Moon, asteroids, comets and planets from the back yard, this book is your essential guide and reference to the celestial wonders of the Southern Night Sky. Information on common telescope designs and tips for observing the night sky.

    NZ$50.00 + delivery.

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    THE STAR FINDER BOOK
    by David Burch. Softcover, 0.15kgs, 190mm x 235mm . 3rd Edition. Published 2016. 68 pages.
    A complete guide to the many uses of the 2102-D Star Finder

    This book turns the 2102-D Star Finder into a hand-held planetarium, which will become your most important tool for star ID and for planning star and planet sights.
    Includes many unique practical tables not found elsewhere, such as how to tell the best use of the moon from its age, how to compare brightness of stars and planets in an easy way, which stars are reddish, and more.
    Also, a general discussion of choosing and optimizing star-planet sights and how to optimize sun-moon fixes during the day, along with general tips on practical celestial navigation. Plus how to use the Star Finder as a solar compass if your magnetic compass should fail...

    Extensive realistic examples worked out in full numerical detail. This is definitely a specialized book. But it will certainly tell you all you ever wanted to know about the Star Finder — and probably more!

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    BRITISH ADMIRALTY TYPE STAR IDENTIFIER
    This tool, like that above, is used to predict the bearing from true north (azimuth) and angle above the horizon (altitude) of the brightest stars. It is used for setting up star sights so that observations can be made using a firm horizon, by pre-setting the sextant and looking over the compass. In this way stars can be observed through the telescope before they are easily visible to the naked eye.
    Star sights using this technique are much more accurate than if taken when the sky is dark enough to recognise the stars in constellations with the naked eye, due to the superior quality of the horizon. The instructions provided with the identifier are explicit.
    Planets can also be pre-set using the identifier, enabling daylight sights of Venus and occasionally Mars and Jupiter.
    The main point of difference with the 2012-D above is the quality. The British Admiralty type has a card base-plate and wallet whilst the 2012-D is of strong plastic throughout.

    NZ$55.00 + Delivery

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