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The Cambridge Double Star Atlas Spiral-bound – Mar 23 2009

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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Spi edition (March 23 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521493439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521493437
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 1 x 30.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #481,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Thanks to the genius of James Mullaney, and the artistic sensibility of Wil Tirion, backyard stargazers can now enjoy endless hours of double- and multiple-star observing. Mullaney's vivid descriptions of the finest showpieces truly inspire; Tirion's design is both handsome and practical. The work is destined to become an instant classic. Bravo!" Stephen James O'Meara - Author of the Deep-Sky Companions observing guides and columnist for Astronomy magazine.

"...the definitive treasure map to the night sky's most alluring deep-sky gems. ...an essential addition to any stargazer's observing kit. This new work from James Mullaney, one of the world's most experienced double-star observers, and Wil Tirion, the dean of modern celestial cartographers, gives even the most experienced stargazer a lifetime supply of deep-sky wonders to explore and enjoy." - Rick Fienberg, Editor Emeritus, Sky & Telescope

"...the only [book] with a comprehensive observing atlas. .... Recommended." - CHOICE

"The maps by Wil Tirion are as beautiful as we have come to expect from the premier star map producer of our time." - The Astronomical League

"... a very useful, durable guide ... highly recommended to the beginning observer and as a reference work for the more experienced astronomer."
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Over 2,000 selected pairs of stars are plotted in this magnificent atlas, each labeled with discoverer, catalog, and/or observatory designations. Spiral bound and printed in red-light friendly colors, it is a must-have for stargazers who want to explore these fascinating objects.

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We are very pleased to present what is the first major modern star atlas devoted primarily to the observation of visual double and multiple stars. Read the first page
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Format: Spiral-bound
2,400 pairs(good for 2- to 14-inch telescopes) are labeled, mostly with a green Struve designation.

The atlas,
25,000 stars(plotted in half-magnitude steps, beautiful!) to magnitude 7.5, 900 deep-sky objects. Basically the same stars, same star clusters, same galaxies, few nebulae after a quick look, compared with Sinnott's Pocket Sky Atlas. The idea of the atlas is 30 charts on 30 CROSSING pages, with constellation stick figures, arrows showing adjacent chart numbers. Each page(half of one chart) is twice the size as in Pocket Sky Atlas. The arrangement of the charts is like Sky Atlas 2000.0-8 charts for constellations on celestial equator, another 6+4+1 charts for each hemisphere. The index chart is two hemispheres.

At the front are the introduction and a 10-page table of 133 showpieces. At the back is a 56-page table of all labeled pairs. Tables(with green shade on every other line) show well under red light.

The cover is tough. A sin:) to print the text, tables on the same kind of paper the charts are on, but such a delight to touch.
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For skywatchers wanting to step up to new and challenging discoveries. This atlas provides an extensive list of double stars. It includes to start up with a selected list of 133 most reknowned double or multiple star systems. Being an atlas it includes comprehensive sky maps. This book like all Cambridge publication is highly professional and well done.
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I was looking for good information about double stars and how to find them in the night sky. The atlas does this in an excellent way. Maps of the night sky are showing stars down to magnitude 7.5 and for some selected stars even smaller. So it works quite well to identify the area a picture is taken from with a super zoom camera. The graphics of Wil Tirion are clear and easy to read.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b139504) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a402444) out of 5 stars Nice atlas but some emprovements are possible Sept. 14 2009
By Maxim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound
This is a rather nice atlas with good and complete list of the most interesting doubles and multiples. The maps are perfect. However, 1) I found an error in the table data during the first night of the usage and 2) position angles in the tables are really necessary but unfortunately they are missing.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a5d9654) out of 5 stars A treasure trove of deep-sky observation June 16 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound
Any college-level collection strong in astronomy must have this atlas of double stars: it pairs a lay-flat spiral binding with spine letters for maximum library efficiency and practical use, it offers the first modern star atlas focusing on double and multiple stars, and labels near 2,000 pairs with plot points and observatory designations in a treasure trove of deep-sky observation.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a3fcd74) out of 5 stars Wonderful, The "Look Inside" pictures say a thousand words; June 24 2009
By Busy Bee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
I was reluctant to write a review for this Atlas as the "Look Inside" pictures say a thousand words; but I had to share my appreciation for this well presented book. It's a brilliant Atlas for stargazers seeking those alluring jewels in the night sky. Clear and vivid colours of the different objects and constellations with a guide on the top of each page and most importantly the Double (or Multiple stars) are clearly labelled. Whilst it's dedicated to Double stars it can be used as a general atlas for other objects though the appendix provided is dedicated to the constellations and the double stars only. The "Look Inside" option was very helpful for me to preview the book before purchasing it as at the time I ordered it there were no reviews yet. I have no regrets; this is a treasure and a job well done. It will take its place right by my side with my pocket sky atlas and the Atlas 2000.0 on my starry nights.
Nevertheless, I wish there was a CD with those Maps so I can print them and Laminate them before heading out.
Just to note, this is not a tutorial or a how to book, it's not a book intended for learning about telescopes or astronomy. Its spot on Double Stars Atlas.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a3f8c0c) out of 5 stars Great for double star nuts! May 27 2009
By Ivan W. Ong - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
Here is an effort that deserves a standing ovation! Thirty seconds into opening this book I found myself grinning and purring like a cheshire cat. A very nice star atlas indeed. Maps are large and clear, and double star notation is versatile and up to date (see p3 for key to different naming conventions- worth the price of the book there).
This book is a great complement to Sissy Haas' Double Stars for Small Telescopes (one of my favorites). In fact, I spent an afternoon cross checking Centaurus and Crux and found great correspondence between the two books with no errors.

My only complaint is that the index of double stars is presented with R.A. as the dominant field. That makes the tables not too user friendly for planning observation sessions without extensive flipping around. I mean, don't we all plan double star sessions per constellation instead of by R.A.?! It would be super nice if this info was made available on a CD to the book. That would truly make things easy!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a3fc9a8) out of 5 stars Cambridge Double Star Atlas - Kindle Edition July 7 2012
By Fredric Pierce - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I gather from the other reviews of the spiral bound print edition, that this is a marvelous book for hobbiest observers. I wish Amazon would separate the reviews better since my review of the Kindle edition will, unfortunately, reflect poorly on the spiral bound edition, but alas, such is life.

The charts in the Kindle edition are completely unreadable. They are very poor quality, low resolution scans, not digital originals. A "sky atlas" with unreadable charts is worse than useless. The lists are slightly better. They are also low resolution scans, but at least they are somewhat more readable. Do not waste money on this Kindle edition.

I really want this atlas, and I thought it would be really handy to have it on my iPad along with all my astronomy apps. Well, I guess I will go ahead and buy the spiral edition and do it the old fashioned way!

So let's see if there is a way to get a refund for a Kindle book...