Learn How to Star Gaze with Sky Guide Africa South 2014 (Excerpt)
The introduction to Sky Guide Africa South 2014, which has been shared by Namibiana Buchdepot, explains that the guide is to be used as a reference for both casual sky watchers and established astronomers. The guide includes sections on planets, asteroids, Southern stars and constellations, and on the sun and moon, which can be used for predicting the dates for Ramadan and Shawwal. The guide also includes tips for getting started with star gazing and advice for choosing telescopes and combating light pollution.
Read the introduction:
The Sky Guide Africa South 2014, published by Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA), together with Struik Nature, continues the tradition of the well-established Astronomical Handbook for Southern Africa and is intended as a reference work for both the established astronomer and the casual sky watcher. This is its 68th year of publication. Data is obtained from the JPL Horizons ephemeris generator, Occult 4.1 (David Herald), Stellarium 0.10 (Fabien Chereau et al.), Cartes du Ciel 2.76c (Patrick Chevalley), A Dictionary of Modern Star Names (Paul Kunitzsch and Tim Smart), Edwin Goffin (occultation predictions), the Lunar and Planetary Institute (lunar photographs) and the Digitized Sky Survey (Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. & the Anglo-Australian Observatory Board).