Night Sky Atlas: The Moon, Planets, Stars and Deep Sky Objects

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A practical guide to binocular and small telescope observing.

Night Sky Atlas combines clear, accurate star maps with reliable and informative text. This is a highly practical atlas for beginning sky gazers using binoculars or a small telescope.

Sturdy binding makes it suitable for outdoor use. Cover flaps can be used as page-markers. The sewn binding allows the atlas to be opened flat. The star maps are drawn with black stars on a white ...

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Overview

A practical guide to binocular and small telescope observing.

Night Sky Atlas combines clear, accurate star maps with reliable and informative text. This is a highly practical atlas for beginning sky gazers using binoculars or a small telescope.

Sturdy binding makes it suitable for outdoor use. Cover flaps can be used as page-markers. The sewn binding allows the atlas to be opened flat. The star maps are drawn with black stars on a white background, allowing observers to pencil in their own observations. The high quality paper can withstand repeated use of an eraser.

The book begins by presenting the whole sky in a series of six maps, showing stars down to magnitude 5.5 -- all visible with binoculars or a small telescope. Opposite each map is a photo-realistic image that shows how the same portion of sky looks to the naked eye, allowing less-experienced observers to quickly find specific objects of interest.

The maps can be used for planning observations, navigating from one part of the sky to another and for a quick reference guide.

Other features include:

  • Forty large scale constellation charts
  • A full set of seasonal charts
  • Maps of the Moon and the planets
  • Deep sky maps identifying double stars, nebula and more.

A comprehensive index provides the location of information for all the night sky objects and features covered in the atlas.

The Night Sky Atlas is the ideal portable reference for backyard astronomers.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
[Review for previous edition] A concise introduction to the night sky suitable for the beginning stargazer... The text is clear and easy to read... For beginning observers. Summing Up: Recommended.

— M.K. Hemenway

E-Streams
[Review for previous edition] The sky maps are very nice indeed, providing seven two-page spreads that show each section of the sky as a diagram of star locations and as a photograph of the same area. This is very helpful to the beginner... A very nice introduction to astronomy for beginners.

— Kathleen Weessies

Astronomical Society of the Pacific - Books of Not
Combines clear, accurate star maps with reliable and informative text. Sturdy binding makes it suitable for outdoor use.
The Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin
An ideal portable reference for backyard astronomers. This atlas combines clear, accurate star maps with reliable and informative text.
E-Streams - Kathleen Weessies
The sky maps are very nice indeed, providing seven two-page spreads that show each section of the sky as a diagram of star locations and as a photograph of the same area. This is very helpful to the beginner... A very nice introduction to astronomy for beginners.
Choice - M.K. Hemenway
A concise introduction to the night sky suitable for the beginning stargazer... The text is clear and easy to read... For beginning observers. Summing Up: Recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770851429
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Updated and Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 942,736
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Scagell is author of Stargazing with a Telescope and five other astronomy titles.

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Table of Contents

  1. Getting Started
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Telescopes and binoculars
    • Getting your bearings
    • The celestial sphere -- how the sky moves
    • Getting to know the sky
    • Star brightness
    • Constellations and their names
    • The planets
    • The Milky Way
    • Distances in Astronomy
  2. Equipment for Observing
    • The naked eye
    • Choosing and using binoculars
    • Telescope choice
    • Telescope mounts
    • Imaging
    • Telescope observing tips
    • How telescopes perform
  3. Seasonal
    Sky Maps
    • How to use these maps
    • The northern-hemisphere sky over the seasons
    • The southern-hemisphere sky over the seasons
  4. Star Maps
    • Star map 1: Northern stars to dec.+30 deg
    • Star map 2: Northern stars to dec.+30 deg
    • Star map 3: Equatorial stars, RA 12h to 18h, dec.+60 to -60 deg
    • Star map 4: Equatorial stars, RA 12h to 18h, dec.+60 to -60 deg
    • Star map 5: Equatorial stars, RA 6h to 12h, dec.+60 to -60 deg
    • Star map 6: Equatorial stars, RA 6h to 12h, dec.+60 to -60 deg
    • Star map 7: Southern stars to dec.-30 deg
    • Star map 8: Southern stars to dec.-30 deg
  5. The
    Moon
    • Movements of the Moon
    • Observing the Moon
    • Northeast quadrant
    • Northwest quadrant
    • Southwest quadrant
    • Southeast quadrant
  6. The Solar System
    • The Sun
    • What you can see
    • Mercury
    • Venus
    • Mars
    • Jupiter
    • Saturn
    • Uranus and Neptune
    • Pluto
    • Observing asteroids
    • Observing comets
    • Eclipses
    • Occultations
    • Meteors
    • Aurorae
    • Noctilucent clouds
  7. Stars and
    Deep Sky Objects
    • About stars
    • Observing stars
    • Double stars
    • Variable stars
    • Star clusters
    • Nebulae
    • Galaxies
    • Observing galaxies
    • Observing deep sky objects
    • Observing tips
    • Finding deep sky objects
    • Deep sky nomenclature
  8. The Constellations
    • Ursa Major
    • Canes Venatici
    • Draco
    • Ursa Minor
    • Cepheus
    • Hercules
    • Ophiuchus
    • Scutum
    • Serpens Cauda
    • Sagittarius
    • Cygnus
    • Lyra
    • Sagitta / Vulpecula
    • Aquila
    • Aquarius
    • Pegasus
    • Capricornus
    • Pisces
    • Cetus
    • Taurus
    • Auriga
    • Perseus
    • Gemini
    • Orion
    • Canis Major
    • Canis Minor and Monoceros
    • Vela
    • Carina / Volans
    • Puppis
    • Scorpius
    • Lupus and Norma
    • Ara
    • Virgo
    • Coma Berenices
    • Leo, Leo Minor and Sextans
    • Cancer
    • Andromeda
    • Cassiopeia
    • Triangulum
    • Hydra
    • Cetaurus
    • Crux and Musca
    • The Magellanic Clouds

    Appendix

    • Planetary Data
    • Stellar Data
    • Looking Deeper

    Index
    Acknowledgments


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Preface

Introduction

This star atlas is for anyone who wants to learn the night sky, anywhere in the world. You need no prior knowledge -- just add your own enthusiasm. Using a combination of maps of different scales and methods of plotting, you can discover the appearance of the stars wherever and whenever you observe.

A special feature of this atlas is realistic views of the constellations that match as closely as possible what you actually see in the sky, with no labels or grid lines to clutter the page. Facing each one is a conventional map of the same area that you can use to identify the stars and constellations.

Having found your way among the stars, you will want to study the other objects -- the Sun, Moon and planets and the much more distant nebulae, star clusters and galaxies. The most interesting constellations are described in detail, with illustrations that show the objects of interest in a variety of ways, from drawings that match accurately what you can see through a small telescope to images taken through large telescopes, including the Hubble Space Telescope. Notes give you the basics of observational methods and help you to find and observe the objects, whether you have the simplest telescope or an up-to-the-minute computerized model.

A special website, www.stargazing.org.uk, accompanies this atlas to provide regularly updated links to sites giving further information and planetary positions, so you can always keep up-to-date. With this information, the Night Sky Atlas can be your astronomical companion for years to come.

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Introduction

Introduction

This star atlas is for anyone who wants to learn the night sky, anywhere in the world. You need no prior knowledge -- just add your own enthusiasm. Using a combination of maps of different scales and methods of plotting, you can discover the appearance of the stars wherever and whenever you observe.

A special feature of this atlas is realistic views of the constellations that match as closely as possible what you actually see in the sky, with no labels or grid lines to clutter the page. Facing each one is a conventional map of the same area that you can use to identify the stars and constellations.

Having found your way among the stars, you will want to study the other objects -- the Sun, Moon and planets and the much more distant nebulae, star clusters and galaxies. The most interesting constellations are described in detail, with illustrations that show the objects of interest in a variety of ways, from drawings that match accurately what you can see through a small telescope to images taken through large telescopes, including the Hubble Space Telescope. Notes give you the basics of observational methods and help you to find and observe the objects, whether you have the simplest telescope or an up-to-the-minute computerized model.

A special website, www.stargazing.org.uk, accompanies this atlas to provide regularly updated links to sites giving further information and planetary positions, so you can always keep up-to-date. With this information, the Night Sky Atlas can be your astronomical companion for years to come.

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