Searching for that perfect astronomy-themed gift for a friend or loved one? Look no further, we've got you covered, with globes, atlases, calendars, and much more!
Top 5 Editors' Picks
1. Celestial Globe ($99.95)
This globe isn't just beautiful; it's incredibly detailed, plotting 2,934 stars down to magnitude 5.5, with more than 300 common star names, 550 Bayer star designations, and double and variable stars indicated. You'll find deep-sky objects, too, from the Messier and Caldwell catalogs.
Created by Sky & Telescope and manufactured by Replogle, you won't find anything quite like this globe anywhere else.
2. Sky Atlas 2000.0 Deluxe Edition ($119.95)
Associate Editor JR writes: "Every amateur astronomer has a “go-to” atlas, and the laminated version of Sky Atlas 2000.0 is mine – it goes everywhere my scope goes. I prefer to use these high-contrast, black-and-white charts out in the field so I can keep my red light use to a minimum, and the large scale makes it easy to see where I am at a glance. The charts go to magnitude 8.5, which gives me enough signposts to find my way to pretty much any target I seek.
"The atlas’s laminated pages are designed to be durable and dew resistant, but that plastic coating offers another benefit: I can write directly on the smooth pages with white wax china marker, which makes it even easier to keep track during complicated star hops. A napkin cleans my scribbled notes right off.
"The atlas comes with a transparent sheet for assistance in gauging RA and Dec. More importantly, the sheet has a circle mimicking the field of view of a Telrad finder, making it even easier to match the eyepiece view to what’s on the page."
Now you can hold these worlds in your hands, examining their details as photographed from orbit at high resolution. Find the rover landing sites, trace the path taken by Mark Watney in The Martian (yes, we've done that), or help make sense of the view you're seeing through your telescope.
These 12-inch globes make perfect additions to any study or observatory.
4. 2019 Observer's Handbook ($29.95)
The Observer's Handbook is a 352-page guide published annually since 1907 by The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. With more than 75 contributors, the Observer's Handbook is regarded as the standard North American reference for data on the sky. This year, RASC has published a USA Edition, using American cities for examples of sunrise and moonrise, solar ephemeris, etc.
5. Binocular Highlights, 2nd Edition ($24.99)
News Editor Monica Young writes, "You know what they say: The best first telescope is a pair of binoculars. The reason? Binoculars give the beginner the chance to explore the night sky in more detail without losing yourself among the thousands of scattered stars. Even for the veteran observer, binoculars offer you a chance to discover jewels you might miss in the narrower fields of view that telescopes offer.
"Binocular Highlights, the second edition of a long-time favorite, will guide you to those celestial jewels. I find it easy to select targets for the night, as the book is conveniently divided by season, and easy-to-use charts guide me to each object. Author Gary Seronik fills out each entry with additional advice, such as what is ok to see from light-polluted skies (such as those of my backyard) and what is better seen from darker locations.
"On a related note, the book is compact enough that it becomes an easy carry-on — along with your binos — for any trip."
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These smaller and affordably priced products are incredibly useful — and beautiful — items for the astronomy enthusiast in your life.
- 15-cm Globes ($24.99 each) - Hold Earth, the Moon, Venus, Mercury, and Mars in one hand — these picturesque globes depict our favorite worlds at a smaller (and more affordable) size.
- SkyWatch 2019 ($8.99) - Whether you're just starting out or an experienced observer, you'll find this year-long guide to the night sky indispensable.
- 2019 Observing Calendar ($14.99) - The Observing Calendar helps plan out your week — it reminds you of every major observing event of the year, gives almanac-like information on the visibility of the planets, and every month is accompanied by a beautiful image. The best part: a monthly sky scene tucked in the corner shows a clear at-a-glance guide to the naked-eye sky.
- Planisphere ($15.95) - The perfect introduction to constellations all year round, created for night skies at latitudes 30°N, 40°N, 50°N, and 30°S.
- Moon or Mars Puzzle ($25/$24.99 each) - Each 18-inch (46-cm) circular jigsaw puzzle provides a vivid picture that’s affixed to a strong cardboard backing and then die-cut to produce the 350 puzzle pieces. The finished product can be coated with puzzle glue, framed, and displayed. Warning: Not suitable for children younger than 3 years. The small pieces may pose a potential choking hazard.
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