Library

All members have access to the following astronomy titles.

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. Title Status Author Year Summary
Tunguska FireBall On Loan
Astronomy Hacks Available Robert Bruce Thompson 2005 Tools and tips for more enjoyable astronomy
Astronomy for Dummies On Loan Stephen P.Moran 2013 Accesible astronomy guide
Discover the Sky with Telescope and Camera Available Richard Knox 1976 Interesting background reading on techniques of the time. Still relevant in many areas
The Neptune File (Hardback) Available Tom Standage 2000 Interesting biographical account of the hunt for, and discovery of Neptune - a good read.
Unusual Telescopes Available Peter L.Manly 1991 Describes various 'unorthodox' telescopes constructed mainly by enthusiastic amateurs. Mainly of interest to those fascinated by the hardware. 
The Curious Life of Robert Hooke On Loan Lisa Jardine 2005 The life and works of Robert Hooke - first experimental curator of the Royal Society and author of the influential 'Micrographia' and legendary adversery of Isaac Newton.
The Hamlyn Guide to Astronomy Available David Baker 1979 Introductory work - dated
Teach Yourself Astronomy Available Patrick Moore 2003 Beginners work - one of the "Teach Yourself" series of educational paperbacks.
Decoding the Heavens Available Jo Marchant 2008 The story of the discovery and understanding of the 2000 year old Antikithera mechanism.
Uriels Machine Available Christopher Knight/Robert Lomas 2000 Speculative work discussing how ancient megalithic structures may have been used as astronomical observatories and helped derive standard units of measurement.
Beagle Available Colin Pillinger 2003 Limited edition volume covering the background behind the ill-fated Beagle probe - published prior to its launch.
The Neptune File (Softback) Available Tom Standage 2000 Interesting biographical account of the hunt for, and discovery of Neptune - a good read.
Moon Dust - The men who fell to Earth Available Andrew Smith 2006 Reflections on the Apollo missions mainly based on interviews with the surviving Apollo astronauts at the time of writing.
Practical Guide to CCD Astronomy Available Patrick Martinez/Alain Klotz 1998 A detailed handbook based on instruments and techniques in use at the time of publication. Much of this work is likely still to be relevant.
Pocket Guide To Astronomy Available Ian Ridpath 1997 Broad introductory work covering the Sun, Moon, Planets, stars, clusters nebulae etc. Some notes on equipment and CCD photography included.
Stardust Available John Gribben 2000 An exploration of the role played by dust in the universe - how it is constantly recycled and reformed into new things - including us !
The Universe Next Door Available Marcus Chown 2003 Exploration of 12 extraordinary and thought-provoking ideas
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Practical Astrophotography Available Jeffrey.R.Charles 2000 Good practical guide to film based astrophotography. Very limited discussion of digital imaging.
The Heavens on Fire Available Mark Littmann 1998 The story of the great Leonid meteor showers. Also discussion of cometary and meteorite science, and some guidance notes for observation.
Astrophotography for the Amateur (2nd Edition) Available Michael.R.Covington 2002 Comprehensive guide to film and CCD imaging - advanced content, though digital content likely to be dated.
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Using the Meade ETX Available Mike Weasner 2002 Guidance on using the popular Meade ETX range of telescopes and a gazeteer of 100 objects to observe. The author hosts the "Mighty ETX" website for ETX enthusiasts. 
The Field Guide to Natural Wonders Available Keith Heidorn/Ian Whitelaw 2010 Covers all manner of natural phenomena which might be observed on Earth, at sea, in the atmosphere and night sky.
From Space to Earth (Solar Electricity) Available John Perlin 1999 The story behind development of solar power - little or no astronomical content - but may be of interest to some group members.
Gods in the Sky Available Allan Chapman 2001 Written to accompany the TV series - covering the history of astronomy from ancient times until the Renaissance.
Eclipse Available Duncan Steel 1999 Largely historical account of how eclipses have influenced man and how their observation has helped to understand the solar system.
Riding Rockets Available Mike Mullane 2007 The authors  experiences and anecdotes of training and flying aboard the NASA space shuttle. No holds barred !!
Rain of Iron and Ice Available John S.Lewis 1996 Discusses evidence of past bombardment of the Earth by comets and asteroids and the risks of similar impacts in the future.
Wide-Field Astrophotography Available Robert Reeves 2000 Comprehensive guide with in-depth discussion of techniques mainly for film imaging.
Project Orion Available George Dyson 2002 The story of the project intending to plan and build an atomic spaceship. This was a serious project in its time but seems ludicrous today.
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Turn Left at Orion On Loan Guy Consolmagno, Dan M.Davis 2011 Popular and practical guide to locating an observing the night sky
Philips Moon Observers Guide Available Peter Grego 2010 Another of the Philip's guides - specifically targetted for lunar observation.
The book of the Moon Available Rick Stroud 2009 A miscellany of all things lunar - from ancient concepts to how we reached it, known facts and figures, current undestanding and nuch more.
Cosmic Company - Search for Life Available Seth Shostak/Alex Barnett 2003 An overview of the science and technology behind the search for life elsewhere in the universe.
Asteroid Rendevous - Near Shoemaker Available Jim Bell/Jacqueline Mitton 2002 The story of the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) mission as told by the scientists and engineers most closely involved. Includes much discussion of asteroid composition etc.
Philips -Stargazing with Binoculars Available Robin Scagell/David Frydman 2010 Useful guide for selecting binoculars and appropriate mounts for use in binocular astronomy, and overview of suitable objects to observe.
A little course in Astronomy Available Robert Dinwiddle 2013 Good background reading for a complete beginner
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The Cloudspotters Guide Available Gavin Pretor-Pinney 2007 Inaugural publication of the cloudspotting society - a possible diversion for the solar observer when nature gets in the way !
The New Astronomy Guide On Loan Patrick Moore, Pete Lawrence 2012 Introduction to astronomy in the digital age
Hubble - Mirror on the Universe Available Robin Kerrod/Carole Stott 2011 Notes on current understanding of our universe lavidly illustrated with images from the Hubble space telescope.
Stargazing with a Telescope Available Robin Scagell 2000 Useful guide for amateur astronomers with good advice on selection of telescopes and accessories.
Ultimate Guide to Stars and Planets Available Duncan John 2011 A fact and photo filled introductory practical guide.
Astronomy - an eyewitness account Available Ian Ridpath 2006 Introductory guide to Stars, Planets, Observation, Equipment and constellations.
Sky at Night Q + A Available Patrick Moore/Chris North 2012 Answers to questions raised by viewers of the Sky at Night programme. Good book for dipping into !
Simple Stargazing Available Anton Vamplew 2005 Basic introduction to recognising constellations and observing eclipses, meteor showers etc. This work seems geared to visual observing without equipment.
Phillips Deep Sky Observers Guide On Loan Neil Bone 2013 Practical introduction to deep sky observing, explaining in straightforward, non-technical language what is meant by the 'deep sky', and how to observe the Universe beyond our Solar System
Newton - Understanding the Cosmos Available Jean-Pierre Maury 1990 Historical perspective on Newton and his contempories understanding of Astronomy and science of their time
Stars and Planets Available Ian Redpath 1998 Detailed overview of the planets and constellations - a good introductory work
Understanding Mars Available Open University 2003 Module coursebook - quite readable
The Sun and Stars - Part 1 Available Open University 2003 Module coursebook - very detailed but useful
The Sun and Stars - Part 2 Available Open University 2003 Module coursebook - very detailed but useful
Galaxies and Cosmology - Part 1 Available Open University 2003 Module coursebook - very detailed but useful
Galaxies and Cosmology - Part 2 Available Open University 2003 Module coursebook - very detailed but useful
An Introduction to Astrobiology Available Open University 2004 Module Coursebook - quite readable - recommended
An Introduction to the Solar System Available Open University 2004 Module Coursebook - excellent background reading
Danger - Solar Storm Available DVD based presentation describing the detection and risks of solar storms - rather limited
Death of the Universe Documentary Available Death of the Universe Documentary
Martian Robots Documentary Available Martian Robots Documentary
Space Mission - Reaching for the Stars Available The story of the men and women behind 40 years of the American Space Flight Story.
Patrick Moores Guide to the Universe Available CD-ROM - an early multimedia presentation - rather disappointing.
Astronomy talk by Pete Lawrence + Paul Able - 12/11/11 Available EDA 2012 2 disc recording of talk at Starborough Manor, Lingfield, 12/11/11
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Sky at Night CD-ROM 81 - The lost 1963 episode Available BBC 2012 Arthur C.Clarke on future of man in space, Dec'2011 episode + extras
Sky at Night CD-ROM 82 - Uncut Video exclusive Available BBC 2012 presenters discuss the cosmos + Jan'2012 episode + extra features
Sky at Night CD-ROM 83 - Apollo 16 Special Available BBC 2012 Apollo 16 Documentary + Feb'2012 episode +extras
Sky at Night CD-ROM 84 - On Board the ISS  Available BBC 2012 ISS video + March'2012 episode + extras
Sky at Night CD-ROM 85 - 2004 transit of venus episode Available BBC 2012 2004 transit of Venus star party episode + April'2012 episode + extras
Story of the Space Shuttle - DVD box set Available Discovery Channel 3 DVD set recounting the development and operation of the space shuttle - including preparations for re-entering service after the Columbia disaster.
The Universe - DVD Box Set Available History Channel 8 DVD set -running time approx 9 hours - informative
Dobson Unplugged - 8 CD set Available 8 x CD set - discussions with John Dobson
The Sky at Night CD-ROM 103 - Brecon Beacons Astro-Camp Available BBC 2013 Dec'2013 Episode - Brecon Beacons Astro-Camp + guide to spotting the ISS and more
The Sky at Night CD-ROM 104 - Moore Moon Marathon Available BBC 2014 Jan'2014 episode - Moore's Moon Marathon, Flamsteed Astronomical Society + 10 years of NASA's Mars explorers and more
The Sky at Night CD-ROM 105 - Comet Hunting from La Palma Available BBC 2014 Dec'2014 Episode - Comet hunting from La Palma, Curiosity Rover past and present, Gaii Space Telescope overview and more.
The Sky at Night CD-ROM 106 - Our Nearest Star Available BBC 2014 Classic 1986 Solar episode with Patrick Moore, The Rosetta story, Mars in 3D and more.
The Sky at Night CD-ROM 107 - Jupiter and its moons Available BBC 2014 Feb'2014 Episode - Jupiter, its atmosphere and its moons + video guide to solar eclipses + extras
The Sky at Night CD-ROM 108 - The sounds of space Available BBC 2014 Mar'2014 Episode - The sounds of space - sound waves of the Sun, CMB radiation and pulsars + classic 1998 episode discussing planets of other stars whilst exoplanet research was in its infancy + 3 part guide to building a Dobsonian telescope first published in 2008 + extras
The Sky at Night CD-ROM 109 - Exploring the red planet Available BBC 2014 Apr'2014 episode - Exploring the red planet drawing on data from past and present Mars rovers + guide to the most popular citizen science projects + extras
The Sky at Night CD-ROM 110 - Brecon Beacons Astrocamp Available BBC 2014 May'2014 episode - Brecon beacons Astrocamp, how gravity shapes our universe + images of impact craters evident on Earth + growing crops in space + threats from space + latest exobiology research + extras
The Sky at Night CD-ROM 112 - Observing the Sun, daylight astronomy Available BBC 2014 July'2014 episode - observing the Sun and its effect and its seasonal effect on other planets, daylight astronomy, noctilucent clousa + Cassini project interview + NASA shuttle project documentary + extras.
The Sky at Night CD-ROM 113 - The Hunt for life in the Solar System Available BBC 2014 Aug'2014 Episode, Rosetta + Measuring Exoplanets + extras
The Sky at Night CD-ROM 114 - The European Space Age Available BBC 2014 Sep'2014 Episode, 50 years of the ESA, build a binocular mirror mount, and many extras
The Sky at Night CD-ROM 115 - The best space events of 2014 Available BBC 2014 Oct'2014 Episode, The Ice Giants, Siding Spring arrives at Mars, How to build a Dobsonian Mount (part 1) and many extras
The Sky at Night CD-ROM 116 - Deep Space Weather/Rosetta special Available BBC 2015 Nov'2014 Episode, 1-hr special - Philae landing, Deep Space climate observatory, How to build a Dobsonian Mount (Part 2) and many extras
The Sky at Night CD-ROM 117 -   Available BBC 2015 Dec'2014 Episode - Nebulae and the role they play in the life of stars, Asteroid Bennu's journey, Astronomy world tour - how to visit 8 of the most exciting destinations + much more
...and various other Sky At Night CDs