This special astronomy accessories bundle would make a great gift to yourself or any beginning amateur astronomer on your list!
First off, the Nightwatch Observing Bundle includes, you guessed it, Nightwatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe. This amazing book by Terance Dickinson has been a favorite for over 20 years, and the latest edition has been updated for today's users.
The second item in this bundle is the Antares Dual Beam Flashlight. It sports both red and white LEDs so you can use it as a normal flashlight as well as a red light flashlight to preserve your night vision during observing sessions. It is portable and runs on a replaceable 9V battery (included).
Last but not least is the Antares Neutral Density Filter with 13% transmission. Great for the moon, Venus and splitting double stars as well as cutting glare during daytime use, this ND filter threads onto a 1.25" eyepiece or other 1.25" barreled accessory.
Below is more information on each of the bundle components:
Firefly Books NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe
"NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe," by author Terence Dickinson has been a popular and respected standard reference for astronomers for 20 years. The first three editions of NightWatch sold more than 600,000 copies, making it the top-selling stargazing guide in the world for the last 20 years. Now we have the Revised Fourth Edition of the original book. Each new edition outsold the previous one because of thorough revisions and incorporation of excellent additional new material. The key feature of this classic title is the section of star charts that are cherished by backyard astronomers all around the globe.
NightWatch has long been acclaimed as the best general interest introduction to astronomy, and continues to acquire new fans every year. This fourth edition has improvements over the 3rd edition in every chapter, including: The classic star charts, new updated material in the section on equipment, with discussions about computer-controlled telescopes. It also has a new and enlarged photography section, with discussions of digital cameras. Also included are tables of future solar and lunar eclipses, planetary conjunctions and planet locations, updated through 2025. That will be truly convenient for most astronomers!
This edition includes star charts for use in the southern hemisphere. There are also dozens of new photographs throughout the book that show the latest thrilling discoveries made by current space observatories and probes.
About the Author: Terence Dickinson is the best-selling author of 14 other astronomy books, including The Backyard Astronomer's Guide and Hubble's Universe. He has received many national and international science awards, including the New York Academy of Science Book of the Year Award.
Antares Red & White Dual Beam Flashlight
This portable flashlight from Antares is perfect for your telescope accessories case, your car, or your nightstand! The dual beam functionality lets you switch from white light to red light and back again. Use red light whenever observing to maintain your night vision and adjust the intensity of the beam to suit your needs.
The Antares Dual Beam Flashlight comes with a 9V battery and a lanyard.
Antares 1.25" ND Filter - 13% Transmission
The Antares ND13 Neutral density filter reduces brightness across the visual spectrum without losing resolution, enhancing lunar and also planetary observing. This is a Neutral Density (ND) filter which means it attenuates most colors of the visible spectrum approximately equally. Can be used stacked with color filters. The 1.25" ND13 has a transmission of 13% and threads into all 1.25" accessories.