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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"
sample
1.0 $11
Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes
1st Ed., 1995
by Chandler & Chandler
6.0 4,800 <200 8 charts
10" x 8"
sample
1.7 $13
Orion DeepMap 600
2nd Ed., 2002
by Wil Tirion
5.5 2,500 600 1 sheet
31" x 21"
sample
2.1 $20
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
Sky Atlas 2000.0 Deluxe
2nd Ed., 1999
by Wil Tirion & Roger W. Sinnott
8.5 81,312 2,700 26 charts
21" x 16"
sample
8.2 $60
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


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

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.

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  Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes and Binoculars
by David S. Chandler & Billie E. Chandler
24 pages, January 1995
Level: Beginner

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.

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  Orion DeepMap 600 (Folding Star Chart)
by Wil Tirion (Illustrator)
1 chart, November 2003
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

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 is not included in DeepMap 600.

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

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.

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  Norton's Star Atlas & Reference Handbook
by Ian Ridpath (Editor)
200 pages, 20th Edition, October 2003
Level: All

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.

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  The Cambridge Star Atlas
by Wil Tirion
96 pages, 4th Edition, March 2011
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Highly Recommended

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.

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  The Cambridge Double Star Atlas
by James Mullaney (author) and Wil Tirion (illustrator)
154 pages, March 2009
Level: All

Description: This magnificent atlas contains the most attractive and interesting double and multiple stars for viewing with binoculars and telescopes. It is a must-have for stargazers who want to explore these fascinating objects. The first modern star atlas devoted to double and multiple stars, it plots over 2000 selected pairs of stars, each labeled with discoverer, catalog, and/or observatory designations. A superb introduction to this important class of celestial objects, it is spiral bound and printed in red-light friendly colours, making it ideal for use in the field. Written by experienced observer James Mullaney, and beautifully illustrated by renowned celestial cartographer Wil Tirion, it provides an easy-to-use celestial roadmap to locate and identify double and multiple stars. Other deep-sky objects such as star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies are also included, and are color-coded for easy recognition and identification, making this an all-purpose observing reference.

  • The first modern star atlas devoted to double and multiple stars; a superb introduction to this important class of celestial objects.
  • Over 2000 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.

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  The Observer's Sky Atlas
With 50 Star Charts Covering the Entire Sky

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

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.

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  Sky & Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas
by Roger W. Sinnott
110 pages, March 2006
Level: Intermediate

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.

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  Sky Atlas 2000.0, 2nd Edition
by Wil Tirion and Roger W. Sinnott
2nd Edition, 1999
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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Deluxe Edition: Chart size 21x16 inches.
(Black stars on white background and color-coded deepsky objects)
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Field Edition: Chart size 18x13 inches.
(White stars and white deepsky objects on black background)
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(Black stars and black deepsky objects on white background)
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  Sky Atlas 2000.0 Companion
by Robert Strong and Roger W. Sinnott
304 pages, 2nd Edition, May 2001
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

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. Its main section lists each star cluster, nebula, and galaxy by name, includes descriptive remarks by well-known observers, and cross-references them to their chart numbers. A second section tabulates the objects and their properties by chart number. Both sections provide coordinates, object type constellation, and apparent magnitude.

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  Uranometria 2000.0: Deep Sky Atlas
All Sky Edition

by Wil Tirion, Barry Rappaport, and Will Remaklus
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.

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

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.

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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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Volume 2: The Southern 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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  Andreas Cellarius, Harmonia Macrocosmica
The Finest Atlas of the Heavens

by Robert van Gent
240 pages, September 2006
32 x 53 cm (12.6 x 20.9 in.)
Level: All

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.

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  Collins Atlas of the Night Sky (Smithsonian)
by Storm Dunlop, Wil Tirion (Illustrator), Antonin Rükl (Illustrator)
224 pages, 1st Edition, November 2005
Level: All

Description: This comprehensive atlas covers all the constellations visible in both the northern and southern hemispheres. It covers the whole of the night sky in a series of stunning charts, illustrated to a magnitude of 6.5, with accompanying text detailing everything that can be seen. Each of the 88 constellations is illustrated with charts that have been specifically commissioned for this project, making use of the latest data available. There is also planetary information for the next five years, and details of where in the sky the major planets can be seen and at what time. With comprehensive, original maps of the Moon's surface and details of craters and other named features, this is the definitive night sky atlas that no astronomer should be without.

Storm Dunlop is author of many astronomy titles and is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and the Royal Meteorological Society.

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  The New Atlas of the Stars
by Axel Mellinger and Susanne M. Hoffman
96 pages, 1st Edition, September 2005
Level: All

Description: The scope of The New Atlas of the Stars is remarkably comprehensive. Astronomy buffs and skywatchers will find this abundantly illustrated reference book useful anywhere in the world. Star charts depict the night sky, and this atlas is arranged so that one section of the sky is shown and described on each double-page spread. The two polar regions have their own individual pages. There are 30 charts covering the whole sky, and each chart has a plastic overlay depicting the names of the important stars.

The first section of the book is a general overview of astronomy and includes:

  • Stars and constellations
  • Historical star charts
  • The motion of the heavens
  • Star trails
  • The Milky Way
The other three sections feature galaxies and constellations found in the Northern Hemisphere, Equatorial Region and Southern Hemisphere. The final section covers the basics of astrophotography and digital imaging as well as practical and useful viewing tips.

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  Night Sky Atlas
The Moon, Planets, Stars And Deep Sky Objects

by Robin Scagell with maps by Wil Tirion
128 pages, February 2005
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Description: 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 unaided 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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  The Great Atlas of the Stars
by Serge Brunier, Akira Fujii (Photographer)
112 pages, 1st Edition, October 2001
Level: All

Created to give the lay-person and amateur astronomer a map of the principal constellations and grand stars, this is an oversized, beautiful, easy-to-use book with superb astrophotographs and details of the main or most interesting stars. The astrophotographs are by world-renowned photographer Akira Fujii and feature a clear mylar overlay with constellation lines and labels. As authoritative as it is beautiful, The Great Atlas of the Stars will be consulted again and again by students, amateur astronomers, teachers and anyone who wants to know more about the stars.

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  The Southern Sky Guide
by David Ellyard and Wil Tirion
102 pages (5 tables, 50 maps), 2nd Edition, April 2001
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Highly Recommended

Book Description: This unique and accessible book provides a handy reference to the skies visible from the countries of the southern hemisphere. Amateur astronomers or casual observers of the night sky will have easy access to the star charts of world famous astronomical cartographer Wil Tirion, prepared especially for this volume. Television astronomer David Ellyard has contributed a detailed explanatory text to accompany the charts, together with a general introduction to the study of the night sky. Charts of the whole sky -- 24 in all -- show what is visible early and late in each month. These are followed by details of each section of the sky (20 sectional sky charts) that highlight celestial targets for binoculars and telescopes, with particular attention to the constellations seen in the southern skies. Planet positions are provided up to the year 2010. For this new edition, the text has been thoroughly revised and new charts created to illustrate the legends behind the main constellations.

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  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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Sky & Telescope Review: October 2005 p.92-93

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  The Clementine Atlas of the Moon
by Ben Bussey and Paul D. Spudis
376 pages, April 2004
Level: Advanced

The highly successful Clementine mission to the Moon in 1994 gave scientists their first global look at the Moon, and both the near and far side were mapped. This atlas is based on the data collected by the Clementine mission. It covers the entire Moon in 144 Lunar Aeronautical Charts (LACs), and represents the most complete lunar nomenclature database in existence, listing virtually all named craters and other features. This is the first atlas to show the entire lunar surface in uniform scale and format. A section of color plates shows lunar composition and physical properties.

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Sky & Telescope Review: November 2004 p.103-104

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