This book has been around for a long time... Many companies have given their name to the cover of this guide over the years, and it is a tribute to Celestron, that they still do. My ancient copy(The rotating star finder cover hardly glows-in-the-dark anymore.) has a mere 23 pages, in an open-flat, ring binder format - great big, sturdy pages, with real star charts and real descriptions of "all the big stuff" and lots of everything else - at once easy to read and well-detailed(These days, the information here contained could prompt alot of web searching for "more details", when skies are cloudy.) . Under a good-seeing sky, this book, a pleasant evening in a reasonably dark spot, and a red light flashlight(Or any small flashlight, bulb-end covered with red plastic.) can give anyone of almost any age from hours to decades of enjoyment and education on "what's up there?" , with no optics but eyes - as well as being a big help with binoculars or any telescope. You really can "learn the skies" quite well, with Celestron Sky Maps. Won't be long 'til all your friends will begin to ask you "what's up there" - and you can tell them! A great first or anytime book on astronomy - no internet connection or "data plan" needed. (Posted on 10/4/12)
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An award-winning legacy brand for over 50 years, Celestron has grown to become the world’s leading telescope maker, and enjoys brand-name recognition among serious amateur astronomers for superior optics, outstanding design, and innovative technology. Celestron also develops a wide range of exciting products and technologies that enhance the science, outdoor and educational markets. At Celestron, we strive to inspire a sense of wonder, knowledge and fun in our customers and throughout our company.