The Cambridge Atlas of Herschel Objects

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This all-purpose star atlas is the first of its kind devoted to observing the Herschel objects with binoculars and telescopes. It displays over 2500 of the most visually attractive star clusters, nebulae and galaxies that were discovered by Sir William, Caroline and Sir John Herschel. Covering the entire sky from the North to the South Celestial Pole, and showing all 88 constellations, it is also a general sky atlas showing variable, double and multiple stars, and the Milky Way. Written by experienced observer ...

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Overview

This all-purpose star atlas is the first of its kind devoted to observing the Herschel objects with binoculars and telescopes. It displays over 2500 of the most visually attractive star clusters, nebulae and galaxies that were discovered by Sir William, Caroline and Sir John Herschel. Covering the entire sky from the North to the South Celestial Pole, and showing all 88 constellations, it is also a general sky atlas showing variable, double and multiple stars, and the Milky Way. Written by experienced observer James Mullaney and illustrated by renowned celestial cartographer Wil Tirion, this is a magnificent 'celestial roadmap' to some of the finest deep-sky showpieces. Spiral bound and printed in red-light friendly colors for use at a telescope, with color-coded symbols for easy recognition and identification, this is a must-have observing reference for all amateur observers. Additional resources, including a target list ordered by Herschel designation, are available to download from www.cambridge.org/9780521138178.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Here's a celestial atlas of whole new type, one uniquely tailored to visual observing under a clear, dark sky. These charts can steer you to 2500 deep-sky targets that you've every chance of spotting with a good backyard telescope. We know this because William and John Herschel logged all of them with their own eyes, well before the advent of astrophotography (let alone Hubble). The feats of the Herschels, legendary in astronomy, remain an inspiration and challenge to stargazers everywhere.

With this book you'll be all set for a magical evening like the one John Herschel recorded in his 1835 diary: 'The Night turned out glorious! Clear as crystal and pure as aether.... I had a perfect astronomical regale.... Retired at 3 1/2 AM'." - Roger W. Sinnott, Senior contributing editor, Sky & Telescope magazine

"Beautifully illustrated and easy to use, it will be an asset to any observer, beginner or seasoned, as they navigate the celestial sphere. This atlas serves as a window not only into the work conducted by William and his sister Caroline but also by Williams's son John Herschel who was as famous in his own right as his father. ... Along with an observers' handbook and log book, this atlas is an essential tool for anyone who wishes to follow the footsteps of the founding family of modern astronomy. It will not only help you navigate through the celestial back waters, it will serve as a treasure map as you discover new and wonderful celestial treasure that will ultimately enhance your observing skills." - Dave & Brenda Branchett, Herschel 400 Club, The Astronomical League

"For the person wanting a dedicated Herschel atlas ... this is an excellent addition to their bookcase." Stewart Moore, J. Br. Astron. Assoc

Library Journal
This meticulously composed, spiral-bound reference opens with an introduction to the three Herschels who shaped astronomical practice, their various telescopic inventions, and an explanation of Herschel designations. Mullaney and Tirion (coauthors, Cambridge Double Star Atlas) present a chart of 215 exceptional Herschel objects and round out the segment with a two-page "Suggested Reading" list. Following this are 30 star-chart spreads; a short, alphabetized table of constellations; and an object target list, which details brilliance magnitude. Rich with technical language and field-specific measurements, this is not a layperson's guide, but the highly organized data will prove valuable to both amateur and professional astronomers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521138178
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2011
  • Pages: 190
  • Sales rank: 1,400,512
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

James Mullaney, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of London, is an astronomy writer, lecturer and consultant. He has published more than 500 articles and seven books on observing the wonders of the heavens.

Wil Tirion is a full-time uranographer. He is famous for the numerous star charts he has created for astronomy books, atlases and magazines. The minor planet, 4648 Tirion (1931 UE), is named after him.

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Who were the Herschels?; The Herschels' telescopes; The Herschel designations; Map parameters and selection criteria; Instrumental factors; Observing hints; Herschel showpieces; Some recommended references; About the authors; Acknowledgements; Star charts; Appendix A. Constellation table; Appendix B. The Cambridge Atlas of Herschel Objects target list.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Where are star charts.

    20.00 is a lot to pay without the star charts!!!!!! I can not see any charts on my Color Nook!!! The tables of the objects are not easy to read. They appear to be mediocre scans. I will not buy any similar product. I want to give this product NO stars!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    Charts are out of focus Cannot be returned when purchased. Buy hardcover not electronic version.

    I am an amateur astronomer and telescope maker. I would have used this in the field but the charts are out of focus even when enlarged. I should have heeded the warning by the first reviewer but didn't probably because he was anonymous. Cambridge generally produces high quality product and are highly recommended for their contentand quality. This is one of those - in hardcover. Do NOT purchase the electronic version as of July 21 2012. Between the local BN and my complaints to Cambridge Press, I hope to seethis resolved. If it is, I will repost. For now, save your money or buy the hc. The charts are fair but small. The tables, the most important part of this book, are totally illegible even when enlarged.
    BN does not allow for the returns of ebooks - even when unusable.

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    Posted September 7, 2011

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