Planispheres are almost a necessity for any star gazer (I own two!).  They help you learn the constellations and can show you what is up at any given date / time.  The important thing to note when buying one is your latitude.  The ones listed on this page are designed for the United States, Europe, etc.  If you don’t see your latitude listed on this page, click on the one closest and when you get to the Amazon page you should find yours listed.


The Night Sky 40°-50° (Large) Star Finder (Map)


The Night Sky is a rotating star finder- or planisphere that allows the user to recognize the constellations for any time of night, any day of the year. The sky appears to rotate (due to the rotation and orbital motion of the earth), so to be successful recognizing the constellations a beginner needs to know which stars are above the horizon at any time.
List Price:$11.95 USD
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Recommended: Northern United States and Europe


The Night Sky 30°-40° (Large; North Latitude) (Map)


The Night Sky is a rotating star finder- or planisphere that allows the user to recognize the constellations for any time of night, any day of the year. The sky appears to rotate (due to the rotation and orbital motion of the earth), so to be successful recognizing the constellations a beginner needs to know which stars are above the horizon at any time.
List Price:$11.95 USD
New From:$11.35 USD In Stock
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Recommended: Central and Southern United States


Night Sky® Star Wheel (Misc. Supplies)


Have you ever wondered what that bright star is that hangs over your horizon? Specially designed for beginners and stargazers in light-polluted areas, Sky & Telescope's Bright Star Planisphere shows only the brightest distortions and minimizes distortion, making it a snap to find your way around the night sky.
List Price:$13.95 USD
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Guide to the Stars (Map)


The 5th edition (published 2013) of the 16-inch diameter plastic Guide to the Stars chart is an instrument to help you identify the constellations. You simply dial-in your observing time and date to find the set of constellations visible in your sky (this is accomplished by turning the clear top piece). Although this chart is designed for beginners, seasoned amateur astronomers will find it useful, too. This chart can be used anywhere in the world between latitudes 30 and 60 degrees North, which includes the US and Canada, England, Europe, Northern China and Japan. The 16-inch diameter is large and easy to read, ideal for families, teachers and seniors!
List Price:$19.95 USD
New From:$19.40 USD In Stock
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