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Astronomical Calendar 2016
The 43rd, final, and finest issue of this famous atlas-sized and
richly illustrated guide to the sky.
Each of the 80 pages is the size of three or four of an ordinary
book, allowing large spreads of mixed diagrams and text. The Astronomical
Calendar is used in over 100 countries by amateurs, professionals,
journalists, telescope-owners, clubs, teachers, planetariums, enjoyers
of the sky.
11 x 15 in., 804 pages, many illustrations.
For discounts, shipping charges, and other
ways of ordering see contact and ordering
| Double-page spread for each month|
Spread for each planet
Sun, Earth, Seasons, Moon
Sky scenes, conjunctions
Asteroids, Comets, Meteor showers
Magnitude and Elongation graphs
Hourglass of rising and setting times
Glossary of astronomical terms
and more . . .
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This is my husband's favorite Christmas
gift. I could buy him the moon and he would like this book better.
Lynda Detray, Troy, New Hampshire
Best overall almanac: Once again, the
Astronomical Calendar tops the list. It is, by far, the year's
best daily planner for amateur astronomers, and if I were limited
to getting one astronomy book this year it would be this.#148; Dan
Benedict in the Times of Trenton, N.J.
Every inch of its king-sized pages is
packed with artistry, information, lucid diagrams, and clever explanations
J. U. Gunter in Tonight's Asteroids
So valuable that many users keep their
copies for permanent reference George Lovi in Sky
Each year's book becomes more superbjust
when you think it can't get any better! A reader in
Thank goodness for Guy Ottewell.
If he didn't exist, I would have to invent him... [The book is]
of surpassing originality [and is] more than a calendar; it is a
compendium of all things astronomical that will happen during the
year, described with a graphic flair that is the author's particular
genius. The calendar is useful for neophytes, but it also evokes
the appreciation of experienced astronomers. It arrives every year
in December and, during early winter evenings, I curl up with it
and plan my coming year of stargazing. Chet Raymo in
The Boston Globe
It's hard to find one word to describe
Ottewell's Calendar: marvelous, educational, illuminating,
and classic just seem to scratch the surface. Beginning and veteran
observers alike love this book. I consider it a must-have even for
armchair astronomers. If you don't have a copy, buy one today...
The diagrams showing the motions of the planets and comets are alone
worth the price of this book. Dave Bruning in Astronomy
Back issues of the Astronomical Calendar are reduced
to $14.95 each. To obtain these, please write, phone, or email (see
contact and ordering at left).
or go to our store of "Collectibles."
Those available in this way are: 1983. 1986-2006, 2008-2012.
For others the only copies remaining are a few in the author's possession.
Astronomical Calendar 2009 (still available) was a special
issue for the International Year of Astronomy.
Astronomical Calendar 2007 is unfortunately rare because
it sold out in the first month of 2007. Some readers have found
it on www.Ebay.com and elsewhere at prices up to $70 or more.
I received a used copy of Astronomical
Calendar 2007 by way of amazon.com for about $100. It speaks
well for you that past issues make this buyer feel fortunate at
this price. Rolf Engel, M.D., Minnesota
I enjoy the Astronomical Calendar
so much that every year I also treat myself around Christmas to
buying one of the earlier issues. I collected 1981, 1983, and 1985-1989
and this year found 1978 and 1984 on the used market. I found a
copy of 1980 but the owner priced it at over $100... Eric
So far the highest we know of is $118 being asked for a copy of
Astronomical Calendar 1978.
Click here to see James Weightman's design
for a celestial sphere made from the all-sky star maps in the Astronomical
For some corrections
to past Astronomical Calendars