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Comparison of Current Printed Star Atlases & Maps
Level:   Beginner     Intermediate     Advanced
Star Atlas Mag. Stars Objects Charts Scale
(mm/deg)
RRP
Star Maps for Beginners
50th Ed., 1992
by Levitt and Marshall
4.5 <900 <10 12 charts
11" x 8.5"
1.0 $14
Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes
3rd Ed., 2007
by Chandler & Chandler
6.0 4,800 <200 8 charts
10" x 8"
sample
1.7 $14
Orion DeepMap 600
2nd Ed., 2002
by Wil Tirion
5.5 2,500 600 1 sheet
31" x 21"
sample
2.1 $22
Bright Star Atlas 2000.0
2nd Ed., 2001
by Wil Tirion & Brian Skiff
6.5 8,833 600+ 10 charts
11.1" x 7.8"
sample
2.4 $10
Norton's Star Atlas
20th Ed., 2003
by Ian Ridpath (Editor)
6.5 8,800+ 600+ 9 charts
15" x 10"
3.2 $30
The Cambridge Star Atlas
4th Ed., 2011
by Wil Tirion
6.5 8,800+ 921 20 charts
10.4" x 7.8"
3.2 $33
The Observer's Sky Atlas
3rd Ed., 2007
by Erich Karkoschka
6.0 4,800 250 50 charts
5.5" x 8.25"
2.5 &
10 (inserts)
$35
Pocket Sky Atlas
1st Ed., April 2006
by Roger W. Sinnott
7.6 30,000+ 1,500 80 charts
9" x 6"
sample
5.0 $20
Jumbo Pocket Sky Atlas
1st Ed., 2016
by Roger W. Sinnott
7.6 30,000+ 1,500 80 charts
11.7" x 8.3"
6.5 $40
Sky Atlas 2000.0 Deluxe
2nd Ed., 1998 & 2007
by Wil Tirion & Roger W. Sinnott
8.5 81,312 2,700 26 charts
21" x 16"
sample
8.2 $60
interstellarum Deep Sky Atlas
1st Ed., 2015
by Ronald Stoyan & Stephan Schurig
9.5 201,719 14,835 114 charts
10.2" x 11.0"
15.0 $110
Uranometria 2000.0: Deep Sky
Atlas (All Sky Edition)

Dec. 2012
by Tirion, Rappaport & Remaklus
9.75 280,035 30,000+ 220 charts
18" x 12"
sample
18.5 $60
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Out of Print Star Atlases & Maps
Level:   Beginner     Intermediate     Advanced
Star Atlas Mag. Stars Objects Charts Scale
(mm/deg)
RRP
Uranometria 2000.0 (2 Vols.)
2nd Ed., 2001
by Tirion, Rappaport & Remaklus
9.75 280,035 30,000+ 259 charts
18" x 12"
sample
18.5 $50 ea.
The Millennium Star Atlas
Softcover Ed., Feb 2006
by Sinnott & Perryman
11.0 1,058,332 10,725 1,548 charts
13" x 9.25"
sample
36.0 $150


Star Maps for Beginners   Star Maps for Beginners
by I.M. Levitt and Roy K. Marshall
64 pages, 50th Anniversary Edition, September 1992
Level: Beginner

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Designed for the beginner although useful to anyone interested in Astronomy. Star Maps for Beginners is the classic guide to viewing and understanding the heavens. Twelve clear, easy-to-follow maps that divide the sky into quadrants (and appear similar to a Maltese Cross) show the month-by-month positions of the constellations as viewed from the Northern Hemisphere.

The book also includes a chapter on the history of the constellations, and the ancient legends and mythological lore surrounding them. There is even a section on meteors and when and where to spot them. First published in 1942, Star Maps for Beginners has sold over 500,000 copies.

Note: These maps are very basic and contain much less detail than The Evening Sky Map.

Amazon.com Customer Comment: This book was not what I was expecting and I definitely don't recommend buying it. It is seemingly outdated with very little color or imagery. more»

Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes and Binoculars   Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes and Binoculars
by David S. Chandler & Billie E. Chandler
24 pages, 3rd Edition, August 2007
Level: Beginner

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Book Description: Anyone who uses a telescope needs a sky atlas as a guide to finding star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, double stars, etc... The problem is most sky atlases assume the user has at least a 6-inch diameter telescope, whereas the vast majority of beginners start with small 2.5 inch to 4-inch telescopes. Beginners may meet with frustration attempting to view objects too faint for their equipment. Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes and Binoculars fills the literature vacuum for users of telescopes in this size range.

With two polar charts and six vertical gores (reminiscent of the classic Norton's Star Atlas) Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes and Binoculars covers the whole sky down to 6th magnitude stars and maps nearly 200 deep sky objects, with accompanying descriptions and small detail maps on the facing page. Every object shown here is visible (in dark skies) with either a 2.5-inch diameter telescope or a common pair of binoculars. This atlas will help the beginner with minimal equipment.

In addition introductory material discusses observing the sky, selecting of equipment, presents an overview of what is visible in the Milky Way and beyond, gives instructions for using the atlas, and makes recommendations for the next steps in observing. A resource list of books, software, and periodicals for the observer is included.

Amazon.com Customer Comment: The virtue of this little book is that it focuses exclusively on what ordinary observers with ordinary telescopes or binoculars observing in ordinary settings under ordinary skies can actually SEE with their modest instruments under a less-than-actually-dark dome. more»
Orion DeepMap 600 Folding Star Chart
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  Orion DeepMap 600 (Folding Star Chart)
by Wil Tirion (Illustrator)
1 chart, November 2003
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

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Product Description: It's the first-ever star chart that folds up like a road map! DeepMap 600 shows the positions of the 600 finest celestial objects visible from the Northern Hemisphere. All are plotted on a giant 33" x 21" full-color star chart by world-renowned star-mapper Wil Tirion. DeepMap 600 is designed for easy location of hundreds of deep-sky objects with telescopes and binoculars. Color-coded symbols identify more than 500 galaxies, nebulas, and star clusters -- including all 109 Messier objects -- as well as some 100 of the most interesting double and variable stars. No other single star chart includes so many objects! What makes DeepMap 600 really indispensable is that it folds up "accordion style" to a thin, pocket-size 4-3/4" x 10-1/2" -- just like a road map! No longer must you fumble with bulky books, star atlases, and observing references to find interesting objects to view.

Features:

  • Full-color star chart that folds up like a road map with the 600 finest celestial objects
  • Color-coded symbols for 500 galaxies, nebulas, star clusters and 109 Messier objects
  • Main chart covers the sky from declination +70 to -60 degrees
  • North circumpolar region on separate map (on back)
  • Back contains essential data for all 600 objects, plus a brief visual description
  • Printed on water-resistant, tear-resistant plastic for durability

Note: The South circumpolar region south of -60° is not included in DeepMap 600. This is of no consequence for observers located north of 30° north latitude.

Amazon.com Customer Comment: The Orion DeepMap 600 Folding Star Chart is my favorite for binocular astronomy, travel astronomy and a "quick look" at the stars. It folds up like a road map and fits in my coat pocket. more»

Bright Star Atlas 2000.0   Bright Star Atlas 2000.0
by Wil Tirion & Brian Skiff
32 pages, January 2001
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

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Book Description: Some years ago we purchased a pair of used binoculars and tucked them away in the car. It's amazing how many times they have come in handy during the daylight hours and it is one of life's little satisfactions to pause beside the road on a starry night and look at the stars. All that was lacking was a nice inexpensive atlas to accompany the binoculars. The Bright Star Atlas is intended just for this purpose.

This 10 map atlas of the night sky is drawn by Wil Tirion and us based upon the Hipparcos and Tycho Catalogs with a stellar limiting magnitude of 6.5. Opposite each full page map Brian Skiff of the Lowell Observatory has prepared a tabular listing of interesting objects visible in binoculars or small telescopes. These include galaxies, open clusters, diffuse nebulae, bright nebulae, planetary nebulae, double stars, and variable stars. Atlas includes a set of seasonal star maps to help orient the user to the night sky throughout practically the entire populated world. Objects in Skiff's catalog are also listed in cross referenced tables. Ideal companion atlas to the larger Sky Atlas 2000.0 or Uranometria 2000.0.

Amazon.com Customer Comment: I've used this atlas for a college observational astronomy class in a pretty light-polluted area with very good results. The 6th mag. limit works well for us for two reasons: first, as I said, we deal with light pollution; second, the students are just learning to get around in the sky, and frankly, the fewer stars the better! more»
Norton's Star Atlas   Norton's Star Atlas & Reference Handbook
by Ian Ridpath (Editor)
200 pages, 20th Edition, October 2003
Level: All

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Generations of amateur astronomers have called it simply Norton's: the most famous star atlas in the world. Now in a superbly redesigned, two-color landmark 20th edition, the first of a new century, this combination star atlas and reference work has no match in the field.

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 unaided 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 timekeeping 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 redesignedstar maps offer outstanding legibility, in the living room or under a red light in the dark outdoors.

Presented with an authority that has stood for generations, Norton's Star Atlas and Reference Handbook remains the indispensable companion for all who gaze at the night sky. For use with your first pair of binoculars, in choosing your first telescope, and as a trustworthy companion no matter how far your interest takes you, this elegant edition launches Norton's into a new century as the classic reference in astronomy.

Amazon.com Customer Comment: My first impression of this new edition is, "What a beautiful book" ! And indeed, a lot of improvements have been introduced, with substantial new materials. more»
The Cambridge Star Atlas   The Cambridge Star Atlas
by Wil Tirion
96 pages, 4th Edition, March 2011
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

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Description: This classic star atlas is ideal for both beginning astronomers and more experienced observers worldwide. The clear, full-color maps show stars, clusters and galaxies visible with binoculars or a small telescope. The atlas also features constellation boundaries and the Milky Way, and lists objects that are interesting to observe. This new edition features a clearer map of the Moon's surface, showing craters and features; a second Moon map, mirror reversed for users of telescopes with star diagonals; enhanced index charts showing the constellations more clearly; and a new data table listing stars hosting planetary systems. It is now spiral bound, making it ideal for use at the telescope.

Amazon.com Customer Comment: This is a good star atlas, better suited to a beginner. It works great with unaided eye and binocular viewing. If a person were starting out in astronomy, I would recommend this one. more»

The Cambridge Double Star Atlas   The Cambridge Double Star Atlas (2nd Edition)
by Bruce MacEvoy (author), James Mullaney (author) and Wil Tirion (illustrator)
170 pages, 2nd Edition, December 2015
Level: All

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Description: The Cambridge Double Star Atlas is back! It is the first and only atlas of physical double stars that can be viewed with amateur astronomical instruments. Completely rewritten, this new edition explains the latest research into double stars, and looks at the equipment, techniques and opportunities that will enable you to discover, observe and measure them. The target list has been completely revised and extended to 2,500 binary or multiple systems. Each system is described with the most recent and accurate data from the authoritative Washington Double Star Catalog, including the HD and SAO numbers that are most useful in our digital age. Hundreds of remarks explain the attributes of local, rapidly changing, often measured or known orbital systems. The color atlas charts by Wil Tirion have been updated to help you easily find and identify the target systems, as well as other deep-sky objects. This is an essential reference for double star observers.

  • The first modern star atlas devoted to double and multiple stars; a superb introduction to this important class of celestial objects.
  • Over 2,500 selected pairs plotted and labeled with discoverer, catalog, and/or observatory designations.
  • Spiral bound and printed in red-light friendly colours; ideal for use in the field.
The Observer's Sky Atlas   The Observer's Sky Atlas
With 50 Star Charts Covering the Entire Sky

by Erich Karkoschka
171 pages, 3rd Edition, September 2007
Level: All

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Description: The Observer's Sky Atlas contains star charts and information for all those who observe the night sky with unaided eyes, with binoculars, or with small telescopes, and also for those who just wish to look at constellations and interesting objects. Equally useful for the beginning observer and the old hand, this new edition features: 32 additional pages with images of all the 250 nebulae covered in the atlas, an updated calendar for the next 20 years, double star ephemerides from 2005-2020, including updated tables accompanying star charts, updated minima/maxima of variable stars according to recent observations, updated data where new measurements have proven more reliable than previous ones.

Amazon.com Customer Comment: Looks small and unimpressive, but WOW! By far the most useful single sky guide I've found. What makes it special? First, the trick of showing additional detail and fainter stars for only selected areas of the sky, along with full-sky coverage of brighter stars. more»

Pocket Sky Atlas (PSA)   Sky & Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas
by Roger W. Sinnott
124 pages (actual), March 2006
Level: Intermediate
Size: 9.2 x 6.8 inches

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Description: There has never been such a wonderfully detailed atlas so handy to take on trips and use at the telescope, thanks to its compact size, convenient spiral-bound design, and easy-to read labels. The 80 charts contain more than 30,000 stars to magnitude 7.6 and some 1,500 deep-sky objects (including 675 galaxies to magnitude 11.5). The best double stars are named, and three dozen red (carbon) stars are marked. The charts show constellation boundaries and stick figures to help you find your way. In the back are close-up charts of the Orion Nebula region, Pleiades, Virgo Galaxy Cluster, and Large Magellanic Cloud.

Amazon.com Customer Comment: Roger Sinnott's Pocket Sky Atlas fills a big void and vital niche -- one that emphasises portability, usability and practicality. Everything in this little volume is extremely well thought out -- from the quality of the book, the practical spiral bound layout, the scale of the star maps, clear and readable printing, intelligent and helpful labelling of stars and deep sky objects, to a pure user friendly feel. more»

Jumbo Pocket Sky Atlas (JPSA)   Pocket Sky Atlas: Jumbo Edition
by Roger Sinnott
136 pages, 1st Edition, January 2016
Level: Intermediate
Size: 11.9 x 9 inches

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Description: Perfect for experienced stargazers and beginners alike, Sky & Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas will have you exploring the heavens in no time! Sky & Telescope's celestial atlases are the standard by which all other star atlases have been judged for a half century. They have raised the bar again with their new Pocket Sky Atlas -- Jumbo Edition. There has never been such a wonderfully detailed atlas so handy to take on trips and use at the telescope, thanks to its user-friendly size, convenient spiral-bound design, and easy-to-read labels. The charts show both constellation boundaries and stick figures to help you find your way.

Features:

  • More than 30,000 stars individually sized according to their relative brightness
  • 1,500 deep-sky objects color-coded by type, including 675 galaxies oriented as they appear in the sky
  • Labels even more legible in dim light
  • Spiral-bound with stiff and dew-resistant cover
  • This Jumbo Edition has 6 new close-up charts, for a total of 10, depicting high-interest star fields
New Close-Up Charts:
  • Big Dipper Bowl
  • Cone and Rosette
  • Lion's Tail
  • Scorpion's Tail
  • Sky near Deneb
  • Steam from Teapot
Sky Atlas 2000.0 by Wil Tirion   Sky Atlas 2000.0, 2nd Edition
by Wil Tirion and Roger W. Sinnott
2nd Edition, 1998 (Cambridge University Press). Reprinted 2007 (Sky Publishing).
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Highly Recommended

The best-selling star atlas for intermediate and advanced amateur astronomers. Available in 3 different versions -- Deluxe, Field, and Desk (refer to the handy table below for details). Can also be purchased laminated in clear plastic for protection from wear and the outdoors.

Each version of Sky Atlas 2000.0 contains 26 charts covering the entire sky. It shows 81,312 single, multiple, and variable stars of magnitude 8.5 and brighter as well as 2,700 deepsky objects. The Milky Way is portrayed with four shades of blue that represent approximate brightness levels (Deluxe version only). In addition, separate charts provide close-ups of both celestial poles, Proxima Centauri, Barnard's Star, and the Virgo-Coma galaxy region. All editions of Sky Atlas 2000.0 include an acetate coordinate grid overlay for accurate determination of position.

Laminated Editions: The charts are completely sealed with a clear plastic film for maximum protection against weather, spills, and everyday wear and tear. You can even jot notes on them with an erasable pen and wipe them clean later.

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Note: Sky Atlas 2000.0 is becoming increasingly difficult to find and is often Out of Stock at Amazon.com and elsewhere. Links to on-line retailers with known stock are included below.

Deluxe Edition: Chart size 21 x 16-3/4 inches.
(Black stars and color-coded deep-sky objects on white background)
This has proven to be the most popular and useful edition for amateur astronomers.


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Field Edition: Chart size 18-1/2 x 13-1/2 inches.
(White stars and white deep-sky objects on black background)
This edition is preferred by some astronomers for outdoor use in the dark.


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Desk Edition: Chart size 18-1/2 x 13-1/2 inches.
(Black stars and black deep-sky objects on white background)
This edition is preferred by some astronomers for indoor use at a desk.


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Sky Atlas 2000.0: Companion   Sky Atlas 2000.0: Companion
by Robert A. Strong and Roger W. Sinnott
304 pages, 2nd Edition, May 2001
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

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Book Description: This essential reference features an alphabetical listing of every deep-sky object -- 2,700 in all -- plotted in Sky Atlas 2000.0, 2nd Edition. The main section lists each star cluster, nebula, and galaxy by name, includes descriptive remarks by well-known observers, and cross-references them to Sky Atlas 2000.0 chart numbers. A second section tabulates the objects and their properties by chart number. Both sections provide coordinates, object type constellation, and apparent magnitude.

Amazon.com Customer Comment: Anyone with Sky Atlas 2000.0 would find this complementary volume invaluable. Every deep sky object shown in the Atlas is listed alphabetically and again, most usefully, according to the page in the Atlas on which it appears... more»

interstellarum Deep Sky Atlas:  Desk Edition
  interstellarum Deep Sky Atlas
by Ronald Stoyan and Stephan Schurig
264 pages, 1st Edition, December 2014 (UK) / February 2015 (US)
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Desk Edition:
This edition is printed on heavy paper with a cardboard cover. It is spiral bound and can be flipped over. The legend is printed on the inner sleeve of the cover. This edition will last for a lifetime of observing if handled with minimum care.
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  Field Edition:
This edition comes in a sturdy slipcase. The maps are printed on Polyart, which feels like paper, but is a sophisticated polyethylene foil. The cover is Priplak, a durable PVC material. The legend comes separately and can be put in a jacket on the inner sleeve. The entire set is waterproof and tear-resistant. You can write on it with water-soluble ink, and wipe it away. If getting wet, the atlas can be simply dried by wiping over the pages with a dry cloth. The pages will not get worn even if after being soaked into an aquarium!
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Description: The interstellarum Deep Sky Atlas heralds a new era of celestial cartography. It is an innovative, practical tool to choose and find stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. Usually, deep sky objects are shown with just a standard symbol in the star charts. This atlas is different: all objects are shown according to their actual visibility. Four main visibility classes separate out objects that can be seen through 4-, 8- and 12-inch telescopes. Within each visibility class, the objects are labeled in different type weights and using graduated shades and colors for the symbols -- the bolder the label or the darker the symbol, the easier it is to see the object. Spiral-bound and printed in red-light friendly colors on dew-resistant paper, this full-sky atlas has a limiting magnitude of 9.5, plotting over 200,000 stars. It is the ideal companion for amateur observers of all levels.

Stars:

  • Tycho catalog with 201,719 stars to magnitude 9.5
  • 2950 double stars including designations, separations, position angles, and magnitude differences
  • 1168 variable stars including designations, maximum and minimum magnitudes
  • 371 stars with known exoplanets
Deep Sky Objects:
  • Open clusters: 1903
  • Globular clusters: 181
  • Asterisms: 536
  • Star clouds: 58
  • Planetary nebulae: 755
  • Galactic nebulae: 530
  • Dark nebulae: 526
  • Galaxies: 9599
  • Groups of galaxies: 508
  • Clusters of galaxies: 117
  • Quasars: 122
Amazon.com Customer Comment: A spectacular achievement in printing and 12 years of astronomical scholarship, this is incontestably the premier deep sky atlas for 21st century astronomers. more»
Uranometria 2000.0: Deep Sky Atlas   Uranometria 2000.0: Deep Sky Atlas
All Sky Edition

by Wil Tirion (Illustrator), Barry Rappaport (Author), and Will Remaklus (Author)
220 double page charts, December 2012
Level: Advanced

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Description: The latest edition of this "Gold Standard" deep sky atlas combines the previous two volumes into a single text. Over 30,000 non-stellar objects, more than three times the number of any other atlas.

  • 25,895 galaxies
  • 671 galaxy clusters
  • 1,617 open clusters, including in the Magellanic Clouds
  • 170 globular clusters, including both Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds
  • 14 star clouds
  • 377 bright nebulae
  • 367 dark nebulae
  • 1,144 planetary nebulae
  • 260 radio sources
  • 35 X-ray sources
280,035 stars to visual 9.75 magnitude which is about what you will see in a 50mm finder scope. Stars are continuously tapered to create a more realistic perspective.

In 29 areas of heavy congestion, close-up charts are provided at 2 or 3 times normal scale with a stellar limiting magnitude approximating 11.

Objects are indexed by Common Names, Star Names, Bayer Stars, Messier Objects, and NGC/IC Objects in the All Sky Edition and all 30,000+ non-stellar objects are indexed in the companion Deep Sky Field Guide. Know the name but not the position? No problem, these indexes make it a snap to find.

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Uranometria 2000.0: Deep Sky Field Guide   Uranometria 2000.0: Deep Sky Field Guide [Companion]
by Murray Cragin and Emil Bonanno
2nd Edition, September 2001
Level: Advanced

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Description: The Deep Sky Field Guide provides basic catalog data, in easy to use, numerically ordered chart-by-chart tables for the 30,000+ non-stellar objects plotted on the 220 Uranometria 2000.0 charts. Most useful to telescope users of any aperture, CCD imagers and astrophotographers, this data includes precise coordinates, magnitude, and size for each object, as well as data specific to the various types of objects, such as: surface brightness, luminosity class and position angles for galaxies; number of stars and magnitude of brightest star for open clusters; alternate names and magnitude of central stars for planetary nebulae; opacity and descriptions for dark nebulae; concentration class for globular clusters; type and color for bright nebulae, etc... Notes are provided for 23,358 objects and include a description of each object and the direction to and magnitude of nearby stars, using either the GSC or Tycho catalogs. Such information can pinpoint the object's location, especially useful for very faint objects.

Amazon.com Customer Comment: This book is big and heavy, so don't plan on field use unless you have a portable desk or table to work from. more»
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  Uranometria 2000.0: Deep Sky Atlas (Out of Print)
by Wil Tirion and Barry Rappaport, and Will Remaklus
2nd Edition, September 2001
Level: Advanced

Description: The most comprehensive stellar/deep-sky atlas and data resource. The three volumes of Uranometria 2000.0 are so much more than a "Second Edition," they can only be considered the fulfillment of that process to which the first edition was but prologue. Years in development, this massive achievement affords astronomers, astrophotographers and CCD imagers the finest roadmap to the heavens yet produced at such a modest price. More than 280,000 stars and over 30,000 deep sky non-stellar objects are located with a degree of accuracy heretofore unavailable in one resource. Encyclopedic in nature, with beautifully redrawn maps, a host of efficient navigation tools, and more accurate catalog data for three times the number of deep-sky objects shown in the preceding work, Uranometria 2000.0 is clearly an atlas and guide every telescope user, whatever their aperture, will want to own.

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Volume 1: The Northern Hemisphere to -6°
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  Millennium Star Atlas (Out of Print)
by Roger W. Sinnott and Michael A.C. Perryman
1548 charts, February 2006
Level: Advanced

Description: Hailed as the definitive reference set, the Millennium Star Atlas features 1,548 sky charts based on the European Space Agency's landmark Hipparcos and Tycho Catalogues.

Detailed, comprehensive, and complete, this three-volume set shows more than one million stars, three times as many as any other atlas in print. More than 10,000 of the nearest stars are labeled with their distances in light-years, as determined by the Hipparcos satellite. The charts also include the locations, orientations, and aspect ratios of 8,000 galaxies. The generous angular scale and the faint limiting magnitude, corresponding to the survey limit of the Hipparcos satellite at around 11th magnitude, makes star-hopping to deep-sky objects a breeze.

The Atlas was originally released in 1997 and represents the astrometric results from the Hipparcos mission. At the time of publication it represented a ten- to one hundred-fold increase in accuracy compared to all previous sky surveys and it still is the most accurate star catalogue available.

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  • Three volumes
  • Each volume is 9.25 by 13 inches
  • Slipcase included

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The Cambridge Photographic Star Atlas   The Cambridge Photographic Star Atlas
by Axel Mellinger and Ronald Stoyan
186 pages, 164 color illustrations, October 2011
Level: All

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Description: Using the latest methods in digital photography and image processing, The Cambridge Photographic Star Atlas presents the whole sky through large-scale photographic images with corresponding charts. Each double-page spread shows a section of the night sky and is accompanied by an inverted chart highlighting and naming double stars, variable stars, open clusters, galactic and planetary nebulae, globular clusters and galaxies. The 82 large-scale charts, with a scale of 1° per cm, identify over 1,500 deep-sky objects and 2,500 stars. Providing a giant mosaic of the entire sky, this unique atlas is unparalleled in detail and completeness, making it indispensable for visual observers and astrophotographers.
Dimensions: 340 x 250 mm.

Features:

  • The first star atlas printed from digital sky imagery.
  • Compiled from 3,000 images, it gives a mosaic of the whole night sky in all its splendour.
  • Each double-page spread features a photographic section of the sky and an inverted chart highlighting over 1,500 deep-sky objects and 2,500 stars.
Amazon.com Customer Comment: I was quickly impressed with the quality of the photographs of the star charts. The numbers of stars is stunning and it helps me imagine what the sky might look like without light pollution. With this atlas, the authors used digital CCD camera technology, color, and large 10" x 13.5" charts. If you love the night sky, you will love this book. more»
Andreas Cellarius, Harmonia Macrocosmica   Andreas Cellarius, Harmonia Macrocosmica
by Robert van Gent
240 pages, September 2006
Size: 32 x 53 cm (12.6 x 20.9 in.)
Level: All

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Description: This collection of celestial atlases by Dutch-German mathematician and cosmographer Andreas Cellarius (c. 1596-1665) brings back to life a masterpiece from the Golden Age of celestial cartography. First published in 1660 in Harmonia Macrocosmica, the complete 29 double-folio maps and dozens of unusual details reproduced here depict the world systems of Claudius Ptolemy, Nicolas Copernicus, and Tycho Brahe, the motions of the sun, the moon, and the planets, and the delineation of the constellations in various views. Cellarius's atlas, superbly embellished with richly decorated borders depicting cherubs, astronomers, and astronomical instruments, features some of the most spectacular illustration in the history of astronomy.

Amazon.com Customer Comment: The Harmonia Macrocosmia is a lavish oversized book of 17th century celstial maps that are reproduced with stunning clarity and brilliance. This volume should appeal easily to anyone with an interest in astronomy, art or fine books. more»

    Moon Maps & Atlases:



  Sky & Telescope's Field Map of the Moon
by Antonin Rükl (Illustrator)
1 page, July & November 2005
Level: All

Description: Here's the only Moon reference you'll ever need at the telescope! With new cartography from Antonin Rükl and more than 1,000 individually labeled landmarks, including the complete libration zones, your Moon-gazing will be more rewarding than ever. The unique design allows you to look at the entire Moon, individual quadrants, or any two neighboring quadrants at the same time, and the durable lamination will protect your map from dew, spills, and everyday wear and tear for years to come.

Both versions are north up, but the mirror-reversed format is for telescopes (refractors and catadioptrics with star diagonals) with an odd number of reflections. Each laminated map is 12 inches by 12 inches, opens to 24 by 24 inches.

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  Atlas of the Moon
by Antonin Rükl
224 pages, September 2004
Level: All

Highly Recommended

This book is considered to be the definitive Moon atlas by which all others are judged. It contains many highly detailed drawings of lunar features, most of which are visible in a 6-inch telescope under ideal conditions. The atlas also contains libration charts, the location of landing sites for US and Soviet lunar missions, notes on how to observe and photograph the Moon, and many excellent photographs.

Back Cover: Atlas of the Moon is an authoritative source of information on the motion, rotation and illumination of the Moon, its surface, its origin and evolution, and its exploration in manned and unmanned space probes. Truly an atlas, a unique feature of this book is the detailed map in 76 sections of the near side of the Moon. There are photographs of areas of particular interest plus a map of the far side of the Moon.

Atlas of the Moon is intended for beginners but the maps and the accompanying lists of the lunar formations would satisfy even the most experienced amateur lunar observer.

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