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The Cambridge Photographic Star Atlas Hardcover – Sep 30 2011
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"This work is a genuine feast for the eyes for those studied in astronomy. It is appropriate for academic collections supporting programs in astronomy and astrophysics." -Margaret F. Dominy, American Reference Books Annual
"On my desk is the English edition of the most beautiful star atlas of modern times...What a perfect tool for cloudy-night star gazing! And a fine reference book for the historian." - Owen Gingerich, Journal for the History of Astronomy, Aug 2012
Providing a mosaic of the entire sky, this unique atlas is unparalleled in detail and completeness, making it indispensable for visual observers and astrophotographers. Each double-page spread shows large-scale photographic images with corresponding charts highlighting and naming over 1500 deep-sky objects and 2500 stars.See all Product Description
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Where is The Orion Nebula or Betelgeuse?
Looking through the index, I could not find the objects common names and thus I had to use the Messier Object reference M42 which pointed me to page 37 in the book. On page 37, a Map shows the Orion Constellation with a Photographic Image on the opposite page showing exactly [but in color] how Orion Constellation looks in the sky with its Stars and the wonderful Orion Nebula. As for Betelgeuse, I had to know its location in the constellation or know that its Bayer designation is "@" Alpha Orionis.
Again, I tried Witch Head Nebula and Eagle Nebula; well I had to know their references IC 2118 for the Witch Head Nebula and M16 for the Eagle nebula before being able to locate them in the book.
I wish in this Book's next edition,
Use Sky Maps that are more easily accessible and more logical like that used in the "Sky & Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas by Roger W. Sinnott" It would make life easy.
Include a reference to the Stars and Objects Common names along with their Messier or IC references; again it would make life easy.
Print the Common names of the Stars and Objects on the MAP; as it stands only Bayer designation and others are listed only.
This was a shipment to an address out of state. That was satisfactory as well.