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Thinking about this recent question Identify T-shaped constellation the first thing I have to say is that I applaud the poster for actually looking up and noticing the stars: something that becomes harder every year, particularly from a city like London.

I remember coming across mention of a classic book called something like "The Sky by Clock and Hand", which went a bit further than the usual "star finder" disc by guiding the reader between constellations by stepping around the sky using a handspan as the unit of angle.

Does anybody recognise the book? Is it still in print, and if not is there a PDF anywhere that could be recommended as a useful learning resource?

Googling for the two words "handspan" and "angle" turn up some useful resources, albeit not a step-by-step guide.

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OK, an old question, but I believe this is the book you're looking for.

The Stars by Clock and Fist

I was always partial to HA Rey's The Stars: A New Way to See Them.

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    $\begingroup$ +1 for HA Rey. My copy is over 60 years old and very worn. $\endgroup$
    – John Doty
    Mar 7 at 23:49
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    $\begingroup$ It's not old enough for you to not get credit for the answer. Thanks very much :-) $\endgroup$ Mar 8 at 7:42

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