Norton's Star Atlas and Reference Handbook: And Reference Handbook, 20th Edition

Norton's Star Atlas and Reference Handbook: And Reference Handbook, 20th Edition

by Ian Ridpath
     
 

First published in 1910, coinciding with the first of two appearances by Halley's Comet during the book's life, Norton's owes much of its legendary success to its unique maps, arranged in slices known as gores, each covering approximately one-fifth of the sky. Every star visible to the naked eye under the clearest skies - down to magnitude 6.5 - is charted along

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First published in 1910, coinciding with the first of two appearances by Halley's Comet during the book's life, Norton's owes much of its legendary success to its unique maps, arranged in slices known as gores, each covering approximately one-fifth of the sky. Every star visible to the naked eye under the clearest skies - down to magnitude 6.5 - is charted along with star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. Extensive tables of data on interesting objects for observation accompany each of the precision drawn maps. Preceding the maps is the unique and authoritative reference handbook covering time-keeping and positional measurements on the celestial sphere; the Sun, Moon and other bodies of the Solar System; telescopes and other equipment for observing and imaging the sky; and stars, nebulae and galaxies. Throughout, succinct fundamental principles and practical tips guide the reader into the night sky. The appendices Units and Notation, Astronomical Constants, Symbols and Abbreviations, and Useful Addresses complete what has long been the only essential reference for the stargazer." Now presented more accessibly than ever before, the text and tables of the 20th edition have been revised and updated to take account of the new and exciting developments in our observation of the cosmos. The redesigned star maps offer outstanding legibility, in the living room or under a red light in the dark outdoors.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Since it was first published in 1910, this has been an essential reference for anyone who spends time studying the night sky. In the preface, internationally renowned editor Ridpath, who is also the editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy and has three other observing guides to his credit, chronicles the atlas's history and explains its star charts. In this 20th edition, star maps and charts have been updated for the new millennium. The text and tables have also been revised to reflect advances in the field of astronomy since the 19th edition was published in 1998. The four Moon and three Mars maps are new, as are the sections on computer-controlled telescopes and CCD (electronic) imaging. The book assumes little background knowledge and provides brief but thorough explanations of some basic principles before it segues to much more in-depth topics. Text on celestial objects-including planets, comets, occultations, meteor showers, eclipses, nebulae, and stars-explains what to look for and when. Coordinates and magnitudes are listed in the tables accompanying the 18 sky charts. Two-color tables and graphics are beautifully done and easy to read. Glitzier star atlases are available, with full-color and false-color images of night sky objects that are not seen here, but Norton's is still the standard by which others are judged. This is not the volume for the casual backyard observer who just wants to learn the constellations; it is serious astronomy presented in a way that's clear enough for neophytes yet still challenging for the much more experienced. A highly recommended addition to the reference collections of public and academic libraries of all sizes.-Denise Hamilton, Heritage Christian Sch., Rindge, NH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780131451643
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/30/2003
Edition description:
Twentieth Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
8.88(w) x 11.20(h) x 1.02(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Ian Ridpath is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and is editor of the authorotative Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy

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