Gregory Gross

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Helpful Resources for Beginners


Nightwatch, by Terence Dickinson: the best astronomy book for beginners, hands down. Also see The Backyard Astronomer's Guide, by Terence Dickinson and Alan Dyer, which supplements Nightwatch.

Sky & Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas, by Roger W. Sinnott: detailed star charts in a conveniently sized format.


The Evening Sky Map: sky chart published monthly and available as a free download.

Clear Sky Charts: weather forecasts for astronomers organized by location including many for Oregon.

This Week's Sky At a Glance: summary of things to see in the night sky for the current week.

Rose City Astronomers: Portland's amateur astronomy club.

Best Telescopes for Beginners: great advice from Terence Dickinson and Alan Dyer on purchasing your first telescope.