Book of the Month February 2019

50 Things to See with a Telescope Kids
John A. Read

We at the Lamplighter Library have a number of introductory astronomy books for kids, and this one, published in 2017, is our newest one!  The book begins with an introductory section on telescopes, astronomy during the four seasons, and hints for observing.  Then Read introduces us to the 50 Things, one page per highlight.  There is a healthy mix of prominent constellations and deep sky objects, the constellation pages themselves broken down into deep sky objects lurking within.  Some lesser-known highlights are included, such as the Dragonfly Cluster and Kemble’s Cascade, discovered by Lucian Kemble after whom our library is named.  The planets, plus comets, round out the celestial treats.  50 Things to See has fun illustrations, including cute symbols for the seasons, and a helpful scale showing challenge of viewing.  The book will be available at the February RASC meeting!

While a member of the Mount Diablo Astronomical Society in California, John Read taught thousands of students how to use telescopes and explore the night sky. In 2016, John left corporate America, and is now a full time astrophysics student in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and an active member of the RASC.

The author himself makes a very nice introduction to the book in the following video:

Mark Zalcik