Glenn Chaple's Observing Basics: A historical perspective
July 2010: Classic guides penned a century ago can greatly enhance your astronomy library.
May 24, 2010
"What more gracious day's progress in beauty could there be than to travel with the eye from the cheerful hepaticas dotting the soft ground ... to the round, white, silent blossoms of the dogwood fringing the late April woods and thence, when evening falls, to the bright yet gentle light of Arcturus in the sky, announcing the end of the purple twilight."
Classic books like The Friendly Stars, Astronomy with an Opera-Glass, and Astronomy with the Naked Eye are great additions to any astronomy library.
Photo by Michael E. Bakich library
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