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  • Spiral-bound: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Sky & Telescope; Spi edition (May 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931559317
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931559317
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 17.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jamieren on Dec 3 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
Upon opening this book one is greeted by thick, substantial pages that I believe will stand the test of time. Size is very moderate, fitting it into an eyepiece case would not be too much of a chore. 'Required' information is very accessible; inside the front cover are the basics of measurement in relation to the maps contained within; even a simple diagram relating the size of field of view in an eyepiece in relation to the maps -a small addition, but a very nice touch, extremely useful but seldom seen in books. There are eight "sections" divided in accordance with the time of year they will be most visible, and a legend is conveniently reprinted at the beginning of each one.

The book is spiral bound and can be folded over on itself, or used face open as maps on opposing pages slightly overlap and are contiguous (which I found very clever). This is a step beyond the basic star maps one will find in most books, and some knowledge of the skies will go a long way toward helping you use it. Stars down to magnitude 7.6 are included, near what you might expect to see in a finderscope which makes it a very suitable companion to a telescope (the reason I bought it). There are tons of galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and other deep space objects listed, but unfortunately no guide as far as magnitude on them. Each page is a bit bigger than the constellation Orion, approximately 20° x 50°. This is a very good reference to "flesh out" the sky when used in conjunction with a less detailed chart, with an extensive index to help find whatever you're seeking.

Conclusion? This book is very close to five stars with all of its features, and I'm glad they didn't introduce clutter with too much info, that which is provided gives a 'just enough' feeling to me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Guilbault on Jan. 25 2011
Format: Spiral-bound
This is my first star atlas and it is fantastic! I had never seen a star chart before, had no idea how to read them until I started looking at it. I was was amazed at how user friendly it is to read and actually understand! The only thing you would need to know going in is what Right Ascention and Declination is. After that, it is so easy to figure out! You'll be amazed at how quickly you can turn into a star chart guru!

I would recommend this to anyone who is just starting out or who have been stargazing for years! Well worth the money!
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The S&T Sky Atlas is great. Nothing is wrong with the book material and quality. Use it at the telescope all the time.

The problem is that Amazon threw the soft cover book into an unpadded envelope ...no protection at all. It arrived with damaged corners. Scratch marks, dents, etc.

My FREE catalog from a tool warehouse arrived in a custom sleeve and in perfect condition...and that is a FREE junk mail catalog. Oh, and it was a hard cover catalog to boot.

Paid merchandise should be well shipped!
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Format: Spiral-bound
S&T's Pocket Sky Atlas is one of the most useful resources for observers at every level. Even though I use a GOTO telescope I still use it for my observing sessions. Our club members bought 25 of them last year. This led me to develop a monthly "Pocket Sky Atlas Challenge" for users. You can find the Pocket Sky Atlas Challenges, starting with September, here:

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I now have two, one for the observatory and one next to my computer.

Well done Sky and Telescope!
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I needed a star atlas because I started up my hobby of amateur astronomy again. This is an ideal star atlas because it is compact
so I can use it with me beside my telescope while I am observing. Although small it is very detailed and full of interesting objects to
observe. This compact star atlas shows stars down to 7.6 magnitude, where other compact star atlases do not show stars this faint.
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This book id for some one who has knowledge of the night sky.
If you are just starting out look elsewhere for a true beginner sky chart.
If you have been watching for a year or two then this book is great.
I use it on clear nights just to match up stars, works well.
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By Gilles H. on July 23 2011
Format: Spiral-bound
A great tool for any skywather, experienced or not. A small format and yet comprehensive atlas. A master key to skywatching that is truly designed for backyard use. Solid construction and quality paper should allow years of use without any problems.
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