Timber Wolf, Lake Superior, Ontario

A lone timber wolf greets
paddlers along the north shore
of Lake Superior, Canada
(Photo by Michael Neiger)


I arise from
dreams of thee
in the first sweet
sleep of night,
when the winds
are breathing low,
and the stars
are shining bright.
  -- Percy B. Shelley
  The Indian Serenade,


The heavens
the glory of God;
the firmament
his handywork.
  -- Holly Bible
  Psalms 19:1

The Rucksack Masthead
By Michael A. Neiger, Marquette, Michigan
Wilderness tripper: backpacking, winter camping, swift-water canoeing
Web site URL: http://therucksack.tripod.com • E-mail: mneiger@hotmail.com
Contents copyright © 1984-2007 by Michael A. Neiger • All rights reserved.


Bush skills

By Michael A. Neiger
Copyright 2001

Last updated on October 13, 2004

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   Night sky

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wilderness tripping
equipment and
For 100's of sources for wilderness tripping equipment and supplies, visit the sources for gear page on this Web site.

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finding a book?
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a book, catalog,
or Web site.
If you know of a useful outdoor-related book, catalog, or Web site not listed on this Web site, e-mail the book's title, subtitle, author, publisher, date of publication, and short description; or the catalog's address and phone number; or the Web site's URL to Michael Neiger at mneiger@hotmail.com.

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Abrams Planetarium (MSU)

Astronomy Resources

BinoSky--A Guide to Astronomy with Binoculars


Explore the Night Sky

Sky and Telescope--Sky at a Glance

Weather Site
   Select "astronomy" feature to create a chart of the night sky, which is customizable for location, date, time, and charted features.

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Amateur Astronomer's Handbook, by James Muriden (Harper Collins Publishers)

Astronomer's Sourcebook--The Complete Guide to Astronomical Equipment, Publications, Planetariums, Organizations, Events, and More, by Bob Gibson (Woodbine House, 1992)

Astronomer's Universe, by Herbert Friedman (W. W. Nortton & Co.)

Astronomy Handbook, by James Muirden (Arco Publishing, Inc., 1982)

Astronomy with Binoculars, by James Muirden (D. Van Nostrand Co., Inc., 1963)

Astronomy--From the Earth to the Universe, fourth edition, by Jay M. Pasachoff (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston)

Backyard Astronomy--Your Guide to Starhopping and Exploring the Universe, Nature Company Guide, edited by Robert Burnham (Time Life, 2001)

Basic Essentials--Stargazing, by Trudy E. Bell (Globe Pequot Press, 2001)

Beginner's Guide to the Skies--A Month-by-Month Handbook for Stargazers and Planet Watchers, by C. H. Cleminshaw (Thomas Y. Crowell, Co., 1977)

Cambridge Encyclopedia of Astronomy, edited by Simon Mitton (Crown Publishers, Inc., 1977)

Cambridge Pocket Star Atlas, by John Cox (Cambridge University Press, 1996)

Cambridge Star Finder--A Month-by-Month Guide to the Night Sky, by John Cox

DK Handbooks--Stars and Planets, by Ian Ridpath and Amie Gallagher (DK Publishing, 1998)

DK Space Encyclopedia, by Heather Couper (DK Pub., 1999)

Field Guide to the Stars and Planets, fourth edition, a Peterson Field Guide, by Jay M. Pasachoff (Houghton Mifflin Co., 1999)

Henry Holt Guide to Astronomy, by David Baker (Henry Holt Co., 1990)

Instant Guide to Starts and Planets--The Sky at Night Described and Illustrated in Full Color, by Pamela Forey, Cecilia Fitzsimons, and Ian Ridpath (Bonaza Books, 1999)

Monthly Sky Guide, by Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion (Cambridge University Press, 1999)

Naked-Eye Astronomy--The Complete Guide to Astronomy Without a Telescope, by Patrick Moore (W.W. Norton & Co., Inc., 1965)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Night Sky, by Mark R. Chartrand (Alfred P. Knopf, 1997)

Night Sky, by Carole Stott (Dorling Kindersley, 1993)

Night Sky--A Field Guide to the Heavens, Golden Field Guide, by Mark R. Chartrand (St. Martin's Press, 2001)

Nightwatch--A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe, by Terence Dickinson (Firefly Books, 1998)

Observational Astronomy for Amateurs, by J. B. Sidgwick (Sky Publishing Corp.)

Peterson First Guide to Astronomy, by Jay M. Pasachoff (Houghton Mifflin Co., 1998)

Pocket Guide to Astronomy, by Patrick Moore (Simon & Schuster, 1983)

Sky--A User's Guide, by David H. Levy (Cambridge University Press)

Sky Observer's Guide, by R. Newton Mayall, Margaret Mayall, and Jerome Wyckoff (Western Publishing Co., Inc., 1985)

Sky Watch--Eyes-on Activities for Getting to Know the Starts, Planets, and Galaxies, by Peter Lancaster Brown (Sterling, 1993)

Stars--A New Way to See Them, by H. A. Rey (Houghton Mifflin, 1962)

Stars and Planets--Identifying Them, Learning About Them, Experiencing Them, Barron's Nature Guide, by Joachim Ekrutt (Barrons Educational Series, 1992)

Starwatch--The Best, Most Comprehensive Year-round Viewing Guide to the Night Sky, by Ben Mayer (Perigree Books, 1984)

365 Starry Nights--An Introduction to Astronomy for Every Night of the Year, by Chet Raymo (Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1982)

Touring the Universe Through Binoculars--A Complete Astronomer's Guidebook, by Philip S. Harrington (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1990)

Universe from Your Backyard, by David Eicher (Cambridge University Press)


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In God's wilderness lies the hope of the world,
the great, fresh, unblighted, unredeemed wilderness.
— John Muir 1838-1914, Alaska Wilderness, 1890

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