SJAC Library

SJAC Library of Books and DVDs

as of Oct 2019
To borrow books simply email Linda @ library. Books will be brought to the next meeting.


Photo showing book cover of A Complete Manual of Amateur Astronomy by P. Clay Sherrod

A Complete Manual of Amateur Astronomy
How to get started in astronomy. Choosing, set up & maintenance of a telescope, observing meteors, comets, Sun, Moon, planets, variable stars etc., photometer, spectroscopy; includes photos, diagrams, sketches & glossary. P. Clay Sherrod; Prentice Hall Pub.; 1981; ISBN: 0- 13-162107-6


Photo showing David Levy's book A Nightwatchman's Journey

A Nightwatchman’s Journey – The road Not taken
A RASC Book of the autobiography of David Levy. Levy recounts the highs and lows of his unusual life, including his central role in discovering Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 and more! David H. Levy; Pub; 2019; ISBN: 978-1-927879-18-4


Photo showing book cover of Philip's Astro Photography.

Astro-Photography – An introduction to Film and Digital Imaging Photographs of Sun and Moon, planets, meteors, comets, stars and man-made satellites, as well as capturing rainbows, halos and other earthly phenomena. Writen by H.J.P. Arnold. Pub; 2003; ISBN:1-55297-801-X


The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide, 3rd edition
An astronomer’s “bible” written by 2 RASC members – Terrance Dickinson & Allen Dyer – it is a wonderful reference for everything astronomy – how to start out, equipment, tips for observing,, exploring the sky, photography, etc.. Terrance Dickinson & Allen Dyer; Firefly; 2012; ISBN: 13-978- 1-55407-344-3


Photo showing book cover of Binocular Astronomy by Steven Tonkin.

Binocular Astronomy, 2nd edition
Part of the “Practical Astronomy” series compiled by Patrick Moore, this book has it all for binocular observing. It covers the optics & mechanics of binoculars, why observe with binos, how, when, buying, care, maintenance & use of small to giant (300 mm) binoculars. It also includes observing tips & a long list of deep sky objects for binoculars. Steven Tonkin, Springer Pub.; 2014; ISBN: 978-1-4614-7466-1


Photo showing book cover of Building a Small Observatory by Charles Ennis.

Building a Small Observatory – Lessons from Builders
How to build an observatory with advice from numerous RASC members with experience in building their own. Charles Ennis; Webcom Inc.; 2016; ISBN: 978-1-927879-08-5


Photo showing book cover of Build Your Own Telescope by Richard Berry.

Build Your Own Telescope – Complete Plans for Five High-quality Telescopes that Anyone can Build
Tells you how to decide which of his five telescope projects is right for you. Richard Berry; Pub; 1985; ISBN 0-684-18476-1


Photo of book cover Cambridge Encylopedia of Amateur Astronomy.

Cambridge Encyclopedia of Amateur Astronomy
What equipment, how to observe, what to observe in solar system what to observe in Deep-sky objects. Michael E. Bakich; Pub 2003; ISBN 0-521-81298-4


Photo of book cover Canada in Space.

Canada in Space
A look at our National manned space program – the astronauts, the Canadarm, Canadian involvement with the space shuttle & ISS, research, etc.. An interesting history. Lydia Dotto; Irwin Pub.; 1987; ISBN: 0-7725-1559-X


Photo of book cover Comets Creators and Destroyers by David Levy.

Comets: Creators & Destroyers
One of David Levy’s many books – this describes the life of comets: from where they come, evolution, characteristics, comets through history, impacts, craters, their impact on Earth & humankind. David Levy; Touchstone Pub.; 1998; ISBN: 0-684-85255-1


Photo of book cover Guide to Observing and Discovering Comets by David Levy.

David Levy’s Guide to Observing & Discovering Comets
One of the most successful comet hunters in history, David Levy describes techniques & gives tips for discovering, observing, sketching & photographing comets, as well as providing the history of comet hunting. David Levy; Cambridge Press, Mass.; 2003; ISBN: 0-521- 520517


Photo showing book cover of How to use an Astronomical Telescope by James Muirden.

How to Use an Astronomical Telescope
Information on how to choose, buy, use, assemble, orient & maintain a telescope, as well as tips on how to observe various objects. The last chapter includes 10 specially selected regions of space featuring significant examples of double stars, galaxies, nebulae & other objects. James Muirden; Fireside; 1985; ISBN:0-671-66404-2


Photo showing book cover of Making & Enjoying Telescopes by Miller & Wilson

Making & Enjoying Telescopes – 6 complete projects and a Stargazer’s guide
Star tracker for Camera; simple 4 1/4” Field reflector; 4 1/4” field reflector with wooden tube; six Inch reflector; eight inch reflector; ten inch reflector; Robert Miller and Kenneth Wilson; Pub; 1995; ISBN: 0-8069-1278-2


Photo showing book cover of Mars Observer's Guide by Neil Bone.

Mars – Observer’s Guide
A Firefly book – The planet’s structure and key physical features are extensively described and illustrated. The book addresses the various space missions to Mars — past and future — and contains fascinating images sent via space probes. Neil Bone; Pub: 2003; ISBN: 1-55297-802-8


Photo showing book cover of Mars--Uncovering the Secrets of the Red Planet by Reborn & Golombek.

Mars-Uncovering the Secrets of the Red Planet
The story of mankind’s interest in Mars, the history of our Mars explorations & future discoveries; includes 125 photos. Paul Raeburn; Nat. Geo.; 1998; ISBN: 0-7922-7373-7


Photo showing book cover of The Messier Album by John Mallas & Evered Kreimer.

The Messier Album
Messier & his own personal catalogue as well as the Messier catalogue we know today, with hints for Messier observing. John Mallas & Evered Kreimer; Sky Pub.; 1987; ISBN: 0-933346-04-02


Photo showing book cover of Moon Observer's Guide by Peter Grego.

Moon Observer’s Guide
All things lunar – observing the Moon, choosing the right equipment, imaging the Moon & includes lunar maps. Peter Grego; Firefly; 2004; ISBN: 1-55297-888-5


Photo showing book cover of Observing Visual Double Stars by Paul Couteau.

Observing Visual Double Stars – Everything you wanted to know about double star observing & didn’t know enough to ask
Paul Couteau; MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.; 1982; ISBN: 0-262-03077-2


Photo showing book cover of Patrick Moore on the Moon.

Patrick Moore on the Moon
This book explores the Moon’s surface structure, its origins, its place in the general scheme of the Universe and its close relationship with Earth. Sir Patrick Moore; Pub; 2001; ISBN: 1-844035-36-0


Photo showing book cover of Pocket Sky Atlas by Roger W. Sinnott.

Pocket Sky Atlas
Detailed atlas/maps of stars & deep sky objects. Roger W. Sinnott; Sky Pub.; 2006; ISBN: 1-931559-31-7


Principles of Astronomy
An older book, but much information is still relevant, this provides detailed explanation on planets, stars, Sun, asteroids, etc.. It is a textbook on astronomy. Stanley Wyatt; Allyn & Bacon Inc.; 1975; ISBN: 0-205-03116-1


Photo showing book cover of Saturn--Exploring the Mystery of the Ringed Planet by Nicole Mortillaro.

Saturn-Exploring the Mystery of the Ringed Planet
This book includes the latest discoveries of Saturn & its moons; beautiful images from NASA; the Cassini mission is covered, with up-to-date information on its findings & the latest theories. Nichol Mortillaro; Firefly; 2010; ISBN: 13:978-1-55407-649-9


Photo showing book cover of The Sky: A Users Guide by David H. Levy.

The Sky ~ A Users Guide
A book full of lots of information on a variety of astronomical topics, with practical, easy to understand advice & explanations. David Levy; Cambridge University Press; 1999; ISBN: 0-521-45958-3


Photo showing book cover of The Skywatchers Handbook by Colin A. Ronan.

The Skywatcher’s Handbook
A book on a variety of topics: how to identify & classify stars, galaxies & constellations, understanding cloud formations, interpreting weather maps, equipment & techniques for observing, Sun, eclipses, sunspots, etc.. Collin A. Ronan; Crown Pub.; 1985; ISBN: 0-517-55703-7


Photo showing book cover of Skywatching by David H. Levy.

Skywatching ~ Revised and Updated ~Understanding the Changing Sky
Tour of the Solar System and Probing the Universe; David H. Levy; Pub: 2007 revised; ISBN: 978-1-74089-578-1


The Story of Astronomy
From Babylonian Stargazers to the Search for the Big Bang- This book charts the discoveries of some of the greatest minds in human history, and their attempts to unveil the secrets of the stars. And explaining in the most straightforward and compelling of ways what Newton, Einstein, Hubble and Hawking really achieved. Peter Aughton; Pub; 2008; ISBN – 978-1-84724-186-3


Photo showing book cover of Touring the Universe Through Binoculars by Philip S. Harrington.

Touring the Universe Through Binoculars
Includes guidance on how to buy, care for and maintain astronomical binoculars, tips and hints on using them, and detailed information on several home-made binocular mounts. The book starts with Earth’s nearest neighbor, the moon, and then goes on to explore each planet in the solar system, asteroids, meteors, comets and the sun . Philip S. Harrington; Pub: 1990; ISBN 0-471-51337-7


Photo showing book cover of You Are Here by Chris Hadfield.

You Are Here ~ Around the World in 92 Minutes
Photos from the ISS; Photos taken by Chris Hadfield from space. Using his expertise in geology, geography & meteorology, Hadfield takes you on a planetary tour, explaining the images & why certain sites look as they do. It incorporates history, consequences of human settlement & the power of natural forces that impact our planet. Chris Hadfield; Random House; 2014; ISBN: 978-0-345-81494-4


Photo showing book cover of Where Did Pluto Go? by Paul Sutherland.

Where did Pluto Go?
In these pages you’ll find understanding of the solar system; constellations and the zodiac; motion of the planets; comparative sizes and locations; where the asteroid belt is; comets; satellites; theories of planet formation. With over 200 full-color photographs and a 4-page gatefold of the galaxies, this beautifully illustrated guide will fill you with awe at the mysteries of space. Paul Sutherland; Pub; 2009; ISBN – 978-0-7621-0977-7


Note: A list of DVDs is still being complied.


Did you know? You can also borrow telescopes, solar scopes and binoculars from the Saint John Astronomy Club. Just attend a meeting to find out what is available.

Bringing Astronomy to Southern New Brunswick, Canada