An essential tool for finding your way around the night sky, this planisphere is a map to the stars and constellations. Spin the lower plastic disc to match the date and time of your viewing, and the clear vinyl upper disc reveals what will be visible under ideal viewing conditions—the brighter the star, the larger it will appear on the map. The planisphere includes a viewing guide and tips for stargazers, and this edition includes tables for locating Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn through 2014.
"All beginning skywatchers should have a star map, and this is a good one."—California Wild