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Books

The Next Step: Finding and Viewing Messier’s Objects
ISBN 1-928771-122 OUT OF PRINT!
Retail Price: $29.95

What’s Out Tonight?
ISBN 1-928771-505
Retail Price: $39.95

Touring the Universe
ISBN 1-928771-157
Retail Price: $27.95

Our Constellations and their Stars
ISBN 1-928771-092
Retail Price: $16.95

Our Galaxy and the Universe
ISBN 1-928771-084
Retail Price: $16.95

Lunar Prospector
ISBN 1-928771-319
Retail Price: $44.95

Moonquake
ISBN 1-928771-254
Retail Price: $7.99

Star Charts

16-inch Northern Hemisphere
ISBN 1-928771-017
Retail Price: $19.95

11-inch Northern Hemisphere
ISBN 1-928771-033
Retail Price: $14.95

11-inch Kids
ISBN 1-928771-22X
Retail Price: $4.00

11-inch Equatorial
ISBN 1-928771-777
Retail Price: $16.95

11-inch Southern Hemisphere
ISBN 1-928771-114
Retail Price: $16.95

16-inch Spanish
ISBN 1-928771-19X
Retail Price: $19.95

Reference Charts

Atlas of the Heavens
ISBN 1-928771-661
Retail Price: $9.95

Our Moon
ISBN 1-928771-688
Retail Price: $9.95 OUT OF PRINT!

Finding & Viewing Messier’s Objects
ISBN 1-928771-65X
Retail Price: $9.95

The 16-inch diameter
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Guide to the Stars
16-inches in Diameter
ISBN 1-928771-017
Retail: $19.95

The 16-inch diameter plastic star chart is for use in the northern hempisphere and anywhere in the US. It consists of two plastic circles riveted together that can be turned to find the stars for any hour or day of the year. Binocular and small telescope objects are noted on the chart. The back of the chart is packed with information including a table for the annual meteor shower, Moon map, planet facts, a tickle of mythology, astro history timeline, fun facts and more.

Note about the Planets: The planets are not plotted on charts of this type because they move daily along the gray circular band within the white oval. This path in the sky is called the ecliptic.

The star chart consists of two pieces of plastic riveted together. The constellations are seen through the clear oval window. To use, you rotate the two pieces to your observing date and time that are printed along the circumference of the two circles.

“. . . friendly style invites beginning stargazers to relax, follow the chart's easy to use instructions and slowly begin the fascinating task of finding the constellations. . .”
Arizona Daily Sun

“A jumbo star wheel. The largest commercial planisphere we've seen in recent years. . . skywatchers will find useful information on the Moon, planets, meteor showers and selected deep-sky objects.”
Sky & Telescope magazine

“Add stars, constellations, and sprinkle on lots of fun astronomical facts for beginners and you have the main ingredients for a 16-inch planisphere...”
Astronomy magazine

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Guide to the Stars
11-inches in Diameter
ISBN 1-928771-033
Retail: $1
4.95

The 11-inch diameter plastic star chart is for use in the northern hempisphere and anywhere in the US. It is a smaller version of the 16-inch diameter chart. consists of two plastic circles riveted together that can be turned to find the stars for any hour or day of the year. Binocular and small telescope objects are noted on the chart. The back of the chart has additional information and facts. Click on the chart to see an enlargement of the front and back.

Guide to the Stars
Student’s Version
ISBN 1-928771-22X
Retail: $
4.00

The price on this chart was kept to an absolute minimum in order to make it affordable for children and students. However, the chart is not “dumbed down” or made “cutesie.” Binocular objects are indicated and there is additional information on the back. Made of card-like paper. Click on the chart to see an enlargement of the front and back.

Guide to the Stars
Equatorial Version
ISBN 1-928771-777
Retail: $16.95

As far as we know, this is the only star chart available for use around the equator (20°N to 20°S). The star wheel is visible on boths side. You use one side of the chart when facing north and the other side when facing south. Over 80 telescope objects are indicated. The annual meteor showers are also provided. Made of heavy card-like paper that resists moisture. Click on the chart to see an enlargement of the front and back.

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Guide to the Stars
11-inch SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE
ISBN 1-928771-114
Retail: $16.95

The 11-inch diameter plastic star chart is for use in the SOUTHEN hemisphere (latitudes 30° to 60° South). Noted are numerous binocular and small telescope objects. The back has additional information including the annual meteor showers. Click on the chart to see an enlargement of the front and back.

Guide to the Stars
16-inch Spanish Version
ISBN 1-928771-19X
Retail: $1
9.95

This 16-inch diameter plastic star chart was written by one of Spain’s leading astronomers and is similar to the English version. It can be used anywhere in the US. Binocular and small telescope objects are noted and the back is packed with information. Click on the chart to see an enlargement of the front and back.
Ask for a special discount.

Reference Charts
5-Panel Laminated Fold-Outs

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Atlas of the Heavens, ISBN 1-928771-661, Retail $9.95

Messier’s Objects, ISBN 1-928771-65X, Retail $9.95
Messier’s objects area catalogue of 110 of the biggest & brightest clusters, nebulae and galaxies in the sky. This catalogue includes objects like Orion’s nebula and the Andromeda galaxy.

Our Moon, ISBN 1-928771-688, Retail $9.95 OUT OF PRINT!

Measurements: Folded: 4 inches by 8.5 inches, Expanded: 8.5 inches by 19.25 inches

These fold-out field guides have all the essential information for use when observing or as a quick reference source. They are fully laminated for durability and to repel moisture.

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OUT OF PRINT! OUT OF PRINT!
The Next Step: Finding and Viewing Messier’s Objects
has received rave reviews in Sky & Telescope, Astronomy magazine, Cloudy Nights Reviews and has been endorsed by Tele Vue, a premier telescope manufacturer in the US. The Next Step includes new pictures and historical information on Charles Messier, a complete set of colored star charts to find every objects, consistent layout for each object, same-scale photographs of each object for easy comparison, Messier marathons information, tips on observing and locating objects. OUT OF PRINT!

Table of Contents

• Written especially for beginners who want to go beyond observing the Moon, Planets and Sun.
•Includes new historical information on Charles Meesier.
• 22 pages of charts for locating the objects including detailed charts of the Virgo Cluster area
• First 107 pages are in full color.
• Tabbed pages
• Expanded glossary

Hardcover, 352 pages, 8.5" x 7.25"
ISBN# 1-928771-122 OUT OF PRINT!
Retail: $29.95

NOTE: The Messier’s Objects are a catalogue of 110 of the biggest and brightest clusters of stars, nebulae and galaxies in the sky.

What’s Out Tonight? has been significantly revised for this 2006 edition. It has been expanded, updated and printed in full color on a durable paper. New sections include mythology, double and variable stars and the Messier catalog. Includes 185 photos, 65 separate tables, 40 illustrations and 18 star chart covering the northern and southern hemispheres. It retains its original ease of use with tabbed sections and heavy cross-referencing. Although written for the beginner and dabblers, it is a valuable resource for the more seasoned observer. Includes extensive information on observing every type of celestial object, a section on choosing a telescope, sunrise and sunset times for over 200 North American cities.

• Written especially for beginners, dabblers or budding amateur astronomers, high school to adult
• Loaded with color photos, illustrations and tables
• First page TOC, Tabbed pages, annotated glossary, index

Softcover, 400 full-color pages, 6" x 9"
ISBN# 1-928771-505
Retail $39.95

Touring the Universe was written especially for beginners or novices as an introduction to exploring the celestial sphere. This book is always ready for readers because it lists celestial events for 15 years, including eclipses, Moon phases, planetary positions, etc. Clearly written, well organized and heavily illustrated to make exploring the heavens fun and easy. Divided into two sections. The first provides a pictorial and up-to-date overview of our solar system, galaxies and the universe. The second section provides star charts, tables and informative descriptions/tips to help beginners go out and explore the sky with their naked eyes, binoculars or telescopes. This complete guide also has extensive information on choosing a telescope. Star charts cover the entire northern and southern hemispheres, with descriptions of over 100 celestial objects.

• Written especially for beginners, dabblers or budding amateur astronomers, high school to adult
• Loaded with color photos, illustrations and tables
• TOC, glossary, index
• Tabbed pages

Softcover, spiral bound (lays flat for easy use of star charts),128 pages, full color throughout , 10.5" x 10.5"
ISBN# 1-928771-157
Retail $27.95

Children's 21st Century Astronomy Series
These astronomy books introduce youngsters to the wonders of the universe. The series starts with exploring our backyard, the solar system and continues by examining our galaxy and its place in the universe. Learning about astronomy will occur naturally as they examine photographs, compare information and follow the explanatory text. There are even observing activities to further engage interest. Suitable for... Ages 8 through 12.

Hardcover with dust jackets and cover wraps, full color, 36 pages each, 8.5" x 11". Heavily illustrated, summary boxes and observing activities

Our Constellations and their Stars,
ISBN# 1-928771-092, Retail $15.95

Our Galaxy and the Universe,
ISBN# 1-928771-084, Retail $15.95

Our Earth and the Solar System, our most popular children’s book is out of print. It may be several years before it is revised and reprinted.

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Lunar Prospector: Against all Odds, by Dr. Alan B. Binder is the complete chronology of the highly successful Lunar Prospector spacecraft mission that went to the Moon in 1998 and was later crashed on the surface with Gene Shoemakers ashes aboard. Written by Dr. Binder, the Principal Investigator who conceived the project, secured funding, oversaw the spacecraft construction and ran the mission. Highly insightful account about the inside workings of NASA and other aerospace industries. Additionally, this book is one of the few that offers the unabashed thoughts and feelings of a Principal Investigator to accomplish a mission in a system that is, for all practically purposes, broken. This is not a technical book. Highly recommended for the space enthusiast. Includes over 100 pages of photographs.

This is not a technical book. It’s a diary-like account of day-to-day events from the inception of Lunar Prospector to its final crash on the Moon.

Softcover, 1,181 pages, 6" x 9"

ISBN# 1-928771-319
Retail: $44.95

Moonquake, a SCIENCE-FICTION novel by
Dr. Alan B. Binder who was the catalyst and brains behind the Lunar Prospector spacecraft mission to the Moon and the noted discoverer of water at the lunar poles. In this, his first science fiction novel, NASA has blown it again with another shuttle disaster. They are put on a short leash to establish the first lunar base. But, it is difficult for a moving behemoth to change direction. As might be expected, the moonbase does not meet the approval of everyone involved. Normally this might be okay but space is fraught with many unknowns and dangers so it is better to err on the side of robustness than “adequate.” Things get shaken up a bit and there is a race to avoid total calamity.

Softcover, 328 pages, 4.25" x 7"

ISBN# 1-928771-254
Retail: $7.99

School and Large Group Discounts Available. Call (520) 743-3200

What’s Out Tonight? is sponsored by Ken Press, publisher of astronomy books and charts.
Phone: (520) 743-3200 • Fax: (520) 743-3210 • Email: ken@kenpress.com