Treasures of the Southern Sky


This coffee-table bookdepicts famous features of the southern sky, such as the Magellanic Clouds and the Tarantula Nebula, as well as the brilliant star cluster Pismis 24, the beautiful NGC 1532-1 pair of interacting galaxies and the radiant Toby Jug Nebula.
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This coffee-table bookdepicts famous features of the southern sky, such as the Magellanic Clouds and the Tarantula Nebula, as well as the brilliant star cluster Pismis 24, the beautiful NGC 1532-1 pair of interacting galaxies and the radiant Toby Jug Nebula.
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“‘Treasures of the Southern Sky’ lets on get acquainted not just with the most impressive deep sky objects on could see there, but also with the history of observing the night sky in the southern hemisphere. … The main part of the book is composed of photographs of some of the most amazing objects that can be seen there … . this book is an excellent way to have the southern sky brought home to you.” (Kadri Tinn,, November, 2013)

“This book fully lives up to its name. Gendler … have collected more than one hundred photographs of objects in the southern sky--images lush in detail and possessing an engrossing beauty. … A true treasure of a book--one that can be enjoyed by anyone with an eye for beauty and curiosity about astronomy. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries.” (K. D. Fisher, Choice, Vol. 49 (11), August, 2012)

“The book is a pleasure to handle and to look at, and has obviously been produced by enthusiasts to share their own expert awareness, admiration, and appreciation of the treasures to be found in southern skies. … texts accompanying the illustrations are clear and helpful, and anyone interested in a well-chosen and spectacular array of New General Catalogue and Index Catalogue objects will not only enjoy it but also come away with a greater awareness of the amazing events taking place beyond the Solar System.” (Colin Cooke, The Observatory, Vol. 132 (1229), August, 2012)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461406273
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 10/17/2011
  • Edition description: 2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Gendler is an amateur astrophotographer whose astrophotography has earned him international acclaim. He was featured in the PBS documentarySeeing in the Darkby Timothy Ferris, who calledGendler "one of the greatest astrophotographers in all of history." Robert is known among fellow astrophotographers as a pioneer always exploring ways to push the available technology beyond its limits. He has published two books on astrophotography. The first A Year in the Life of the Universe (Voyageur Press, 2006) was published in four languages (English, Spanish, Polish, and Greek). His latest astrophotography book Capturing the Stars: Astrophotography by the Masters (Voyageur Press, 2009) highlights the work of the most accomplished astronomical imagers in the world. Gendler recieved the Hubble Prize for contributions to astrophotography at the Advanced Imaging Conference at San Jose, California in 2007.Robert lives in Avon, Connecticut with his wife and two children. He work can be viewed at

Lars Lindberg Christensenis an award-winning science communication specialist who heads the European Southern Observatory education and Public Outreach Department, where he is responsible for public outreach and education for the VLT, La Silla, for ESO's part of ALMA, E-ELT and ESA's part of the Hubble Space Telescope. He obtained his Master's Degree in physics and astronomy from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and has more than 100 publications to his credit, most of them in popular science communication and its theory. He has written several books on popular science and science communication that have appeared in Finnish, Portuguese, Danish, German, Korean, Japanese and Chinese. Lars is Press Officer for the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and founder of the ESA/ESO/NASA Photoshop FITS Liberator project, manager of the IAU International Year of Astronomy 2009 Secretariat and the Executive producer and director of two astronomy documentaries.

David Malin has been involved in scientific imaging almost all of his working life. In the 1960's, he worked for a large international chemical company in the north of England, where he founded and ran a laboratory that used physical methods such as microscopy and X-ray diffraction techniques to solve problems in pure and applied chemistry. The enabling technology for may of those techniques at that time was photography. In 1975, he was recruited as photographic scientist for the newly commissioned Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT)in Australia, and turned his attention to larger and more distant things. At the AAT he developed several new photographic that led to some significant astronomical discoveries. The same processes also allowed the creation of some of the first 3-color images of astronomical objects in 1978, and these photographs have been widely published and used by David Malin and others to explore and explain the astonishing beauty of the objects of the night sky. The additive 3-color process is now universally used by both amateur and professional astronomers alike. Only the detector has changed.

David is now retired but still actively involved with the AAO. He lives in Sydney with his wife Phillipa, where they enjoy their three children and numerous grandchildren.

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Table of Contents

Preface.- Introduction.- The Discovery of the Southern Sky.- The Southern Summer.- The Southern Fall.- The Southern Winter.- The Southern Spring.- Index.

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