Astronomical Resources in Public Libraries

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Astronomical Resources in Public Libraries

Postby Gary » Thu Sep 12, 2013 7:46 am

Source: http://www.astro.sg/2013/09/astronomica ... ublic.html

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Astronomical Resources in Public Libraries

There is a phenomenal amount of astronomical resources which can be borrowed from our public libraries - books, magazines audio-visual materials and even ebook readers.

Due to the complexity of astronomy and practical stargazing to a newcomer, acquiring bits and pieces of random unorganised information from the internet may create more confusion. And in the process, wasting more time compared to the apparently slow alternative of reading good books.

In my opinion, reading well-written and organised books on astronomy is still the BEST way to get started into the wonderful hobby of practical stargazing. Good beginner books on this subject matter is written in clear and concise language with visually stimulating illustrations.

To fully appreciate and enjoy stargazing, one need to acquire general knowledge of astronomy, practical knowledge of operating astronomical equipment as well as observation and astrophotography skills.

Here are some listings of my favourite astronomical resources available in our public libraries.

You can click on these text hyperlinks to check if they are available for loan and in which specific libraries. If all copies are on loan, you may reserve them online and have them delivered to your nearest public library for self-collection for a reasonable fee of $1.55.

Books on Practical Stargazing:

- Practical Astronomy
- Stargazing with Binoculars
- Patterns in the Sky
- Secrets of Stargazing
- Star Watch
- Stargazing with a Telescope
- Star Ware
- Turn Left at Orion
- Moon Observer's Guide
- Photographic Atlas of the Moon
- Solar System Observer's Guide
- Guide to Observing Meteor Showers
- Sky Book for the Tropics
- AstroFAQs
- Advance Skywatching
- 50 Best sights in astronomy and how to see them

Books on Astrophotography:

- Astrotophography for the Amateur
- Photoshop Astronomy

Books on Astronomy:

- Sizing up the Universe
- Stars and Planets
- Ancient Light
- The Brightest Stars
- The New Astronomy Guide
- Stargazing with Jack Horkheimer
- The Cambridge Photographic Atlas

Miscellaneous Books:

- The Weather and Climate of Singapore
- The End of Night

Magazines:

- Astronomy
- Sky & Telescope

Audio-Visual Materials:

- Seeing in the Dark
- The Wonders Collection with Prof Brian Cox
- The Wonders of the Solar System
- The Wonders of the Universe
- Inside the Milky Way
- Secrets of the Sun
- Eclipse Chasers
- Earth From Space
- IMAX Hubble
- Hubble's Canvas
- Ultimate Mars Challenge
- The Fabric of the Cosmos
- Into the Universe with Stephen Hawkings
- Through the Wormhole - Season 1
- Through the Wormhole - Season 2
- Through the Wormhole - Season 3
- The Universe - Season 1
- The Universe - Season 2
- The Universe - Season 3
- The Universe - Season 4
- The Universe - Season 5
- The Universe - Season 6
- Ancient Aliens - Season 1*
- Ancient Aliens - Season 2*

Notes:

*Not a very scientific series but can be hilarious to watch!

I will try to update this list as and when I manage to recall some of the good books I have come across as well as those that cannot be borrowed (reference only).

For more information about the location and opening hours of public libraries in Singapore, please visit the official National Library Board website.

(Last updated: 12 Sept 2013)
Last edited by Gary on Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:31 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Astronomical Resources in Public Libraries

Postby kochu » Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:16 am

Thanks for the great effort Gary

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Re: Astronomical Resources in Public Libraries

Postby Dark Neptune » Thu Sep 12, 2013 11:44 am

Very informative Gary!

Still my visit to public libraries in SG always have me wondering to the astro corner. And the books in the astro sect. Never disappoint. :)

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Re: Astronomical Resources in Public Libraries

Postby Gary » Thu Sep 12, 2013 5:53 pm

Thanks Kochu and Dark Neptune! NLB retweeted this. So hopefully more library visitors will give these astro resources a try.
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