References For Getting Started in Amateur Astronomy
                             By John Case
 Two excellent books to help you get started in Amateur Astronomy, 
 what to buy for what purposes, meaning of terms, etc. are [1,2].
 A good starting book on how to locate sky objects of interest is [3].
 These books are available from their publishers, can be ordered (in
 some cases purchased) from book stores, and also can be ordered from 
 [4] which also publishes the excellent magazine for amateur 
 astronomers, Sky and Telescope. 
 A (commercial) web site providing a good deal of advice and 
 information for Amateur Astronomers is [5].
 My own Amateur Astronomy web site is [6].  Local star parties and 
 clubs (mentioned there) are very helpful too.  At a star party you 
 can look through a variety of scopes to see which enables you to get
 the views you might like in a scope of your own.  At clubs you can 
 get information and meet people with amateur astronomy interests.
 [1] P. Harrington.  Star Ware.  John Wiley & Sons, New York, second 
     edition, 1998.  ISBN 0-471-18311-3; authors's web site for book
 [2] T. Dickinson and A. Dyer. The Backyard Astronomer's Guide.  
     Firefly Books Ltd., Willowdale, Ontario, Canada, 1997.  
     ISBN 0-921820-11-9.
 [3] G. Consolmagno and D. Davis.  Turn Left at Orion.  Cambridge 
     University Press, Cambridge, UK, 1998.  ISBN 0-521-48211-9.
 [4] Sky Publishing Corporation.  Web site at; 
     phone orders at 1-800-253-0245.
 [5] Astronomics.  Web site at
 [6] John Case's Amateur Astronomy Page.  This web site is located at