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Children's Nonfiction Astronomy

50 Things to see With a Telescope

A young stargazer's guide

by (author) John A. Read

Formac Publishing Company Limited
Initial publish date
Sep 2018
Astronomy, Astronomy, Sky Observation
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2018
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 10
  • Grade: 3
  • Reading age: 8 to 10


John A. Read covers everything needed to identify constellations, planets, stars, galaxies, nebulae and more. Inquisitive stargazers will find planet hunting and star hopping easy with clearly plotted routes and images of the sky both as seen by the naked eye and detailed views from a telescope.

Many fascinating cosmic objects can be easily spotted with the help of this book including beautiful Cassiopeia, regal Leo, the plentiful Kemble's Cascade, the explosive Crab Nebula, the rings of Saturn — even the moon!

This easy to read, fully illustrated reference book will enrich every young person's experience of the skies above.

About the author

JOHN A. READ's journey into astronomy began with a small and rickety telescope purchased at his local pharmacy. He found it fascinating to observe the Moon and Saturn with its rings using such meagre equipment. He decided to share these views with others. After writing his first book, 50 Things to see With a Telescope, John retired from a career in corporate finance. He is also the author of 50 Things to See on the Moon and co-author of 50 Animals That Have Been to Space. He is now a telescope operator at the Burke-Gaffney Observatory, a board member of the Halifax Centre of the royal Astronomical Society of Canada and is studying astrophysics at Saint Mary's University. John's YouTube channel LearnToStargaze ( features beginner stargazing videos that closely follow content from The Beginner's Guide to Space book series. He lives with his family in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Editorial Reviews

"I love astronomy and found Read's book absolutely amazing. The inclusion of actual photos taken by the author brought the book closer to what the backyard astronomer will find. Filled with star facts, hints on finding it, and wonderful background images makes this book enjoyable and inspirational to any reader."


A strong book for junior astronomers who have a new telescope.

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"Anyone who can get out to the dark countryside and marvel at the night sky on a clear night will find 50 Things To See With a Telescope an invaluable guide."

Canadian Review of Materials

"It was helpful, practical, and came with great pictures. It is a short book aimed at amateur stargazers and children and I would definitely recommend this book to those groups. I am a pre-amateur stargazer with young children and I cant wait to show them this book and look for constellations together."


"Read is a telescope evangelist, producing books and videos aimed at inspiring people to 'see what the sky has to offer.'"

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