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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
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.