The Cambridge Double Star Atlas Spiral-bound – Mar 23 2009
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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."
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.See all Product Description
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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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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.
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!
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...
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