Top 10 Astronomy Gifts of 2012!!
Looking for the perfect gift for someone who loves astronomy? Here is a list of 10 fantastic astronomy gifts that anyone interested in astronomy would love!
Astronomy Gift #10: Astronomy Magazine Subscription:
Astronomy Magazine makes a great gift because it is the gift that keeps on giving! Full of great articles, photos, and star charts!
Astronomy Gift #9: The Universe: The Complete Series Megaset
The Universe is my favourite TV series about astronomy! This megaset comes with all 5 seasons and is available in Blu-Ray or DVD! It includes all 63 original episodes this epic series, plus the feature-length documentary Beyond the Big Bang on 16 discs.
Astronomy Gift #8: Sky & Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas
Every astronomer needs one of these! This 80-chart atlas contains more than 30,000 stars to magnitude 7.6 and approximately 1,500 deep-sky objects (including 675 galaxies to magnitude 11.5). Included are extra close-up charts of the Orion Nebula, Pleiades, Virgo Galaxy Cluster, and Large Magellanic Cloud. It even comes in a Kindle edition!
Astronomy Gift #7: Death by Black Hole
A vibrant collection of essays on the cosmos from the nation's best-known astrophysicist. This is a fun an interesting book that covers a lot of different topics!
Astronomy Gift #6: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7-Inch, Wi-Fi)
This Android Tablet is an excellent astronomy tool. There are lots of really useful (and free) Astronomy Apps. My favourite app is: SkEye . SkEye is an advanced Planetarium that can also be used as a PUSHTO guide for telescopes. This will help you get familiar with Astronomy by identifying stars, constellations and deep sky objects from the Messier and NGC catalogs.
Astronomy Gift #5: Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope
This is the most expensive gift on the list. BUT, it's a gift that will last a lifetime! This amazing 8" telescope will let you see exceptional detail in the night sky. It also has the "SkyAlign" system which makes the telescope very easy to use. This feature identifies stars and planets for you so you don't even need a star chart!
Astronomy Gift #4: Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15x70 Binoculars
Binoculars are a great way to view the night skies, see the Andromeda Galaxy, star clusters, Pleiades, and the Orion Nebula. They are much easier to use than a lot of telescopes. The SkyMaster Giant is excellent quality considering how affordable it is. If you do buy binoculars, make sure you buy a tripod as well because this the binoculars are big and heavy!
Astronomy Gift #3: The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos
In this personal and fascinating work, Neil Turok, Director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, explores the transformative scientific discoveries of the past three centuries -- from classical mechanics, to the nature of light, to the bizarre world of the quantum, and the evolution of the cosmos.
Astronomy Gift #2: Hubble's Universe: Greatest Discoveries and Images
Check out this brand new book by Terence Dickinson! This book has an incredible collection of hubble photos and interesting descriptions in over 300 pages!!!
Astronomy Gift #1: Celestron FirstScope Telescope
I love this little telescope! It makes the perfect telescope for a beginner. It's super easy to use and setup! It is definitely the most affordable telescope on the market! This telescope will allow you to see Jupiter and its moons, Saturn, craters on the moon, and the Orion nebula! Because it takes almost no time to setup, you will want to take this telescope out every night!
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