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With the hol­i­day sea­son just around the cor­ner, All About Space se­lects the space gifts sure to de­light any fan of the uni­verse

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Our pick of the best books, apps, soft­ware and ac­ces­sories

Tele­scope Meade In­fin­ity 76

Cost: £119 (~€136/$155) From: cur­rys.co.uk

Give some­one the gift of in­fin­ity this Christ­mas and take them on an out-of-this-world jour­ney through the won­ders of the night sky. Easy to as­sem­ble, the In­fin­ity 76 comes with ev­ery­thing you need to get started in one box, al­low­ing both be­gin­ners and more ad­vanced users to get set up and view­ing within sec­onds. Know a bud­ding as­tropho­tog­ra­pher? Per­fect! Meade has ex­clu­sively in­cluded a uni­ver­sal smart­phone mount to per­mit the cap­ture and shar­ing of stun­ning ce­les­tial snap­shots via most mod­ern phones. Smooth track­ing con­trols and the nav­i­ga­tion­ally use­ful red dot find­er­scope mean there will never be a short­age of sub­jects to lo­cate and dis­cover… the sky is the limit! Por­ta­ble and light­weight, both tele­scope and tri­pod swiftly col­lapse down into the equally ex­clu­sive vivid-blue Meade travel bag for con­ve­nient trans­porta­tion and stor­age of the tele­scope plus ac­ces­sories be­tween view­ing lo­ca­tions. So fol­low that star!

£17.95 (€19.95/$24.95) Phaidon Press Ltd A graph­i­cally stun­ning, com­pre­hen­sive in­tro­duc­tion to the con­stel­la­tions. This art­ful and ac­ces­si­ble in­tro­duc­tion to con­stel­la­tions equips read­ers with the in­for­ma­tion they need to lo­cate, name and ex­plain all 88 in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised con­stel­la­tions. Each clus­ter of stars is fea­tured along­side the story – mytho­log­i­cal or his­tor­i­cal – be­hind its nam­ing, tips on how to find it, what times of year it is vis­i­ble and key stars and as­ter­isms within its group­ing. Com­plete with star maps and a glos­sary, this keep­sake vol­ume of vis­ual ref­er­ence and beauty is per­fect for in­quis­i­tive young stargaz­ers. Colours are brighter than they ap­pear – printed in pure Pan­tones. Book jacket fea­tures foil stamp­ing and laser-cut pin­holes.

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