Night Sky Atlas

Night Sky Atlas

The Moon, Planets, Stars and Deep Sky Objects

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
Featuring recent discoveries and state-of-the-art space photography, an atlas illustrates all that science has revealed about constellations, the evolution of stars and galaxies, and the planets in the solar system.

Firefly Books Ltd
A star atlas that will assist beginners who wish to observe the moon, planets, stars and deep sky objects using binoculars and small telescopes.

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.

Book News
Designed for new owners of small telescopes or binoculars in either hemisphere (north or south), this slim atlas provides a guide to observing stars, planets and deep sky objects, then presents profiles of about 150 of the brightest and most interesting objects in 50 constellations. The profiles are arranged by constellation and include photographs, a chart, instructions for locating the object by "star hopping," and notes about special features and star lore. The book includes star maps by Wil Tirion--the world's foremost celestial cartographer. Also included are maps of the Moon, sketches of galaxies and planets, information about observing the sun, and a section on buying and using telescopes and other equipment. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, c2005
ISBN: 1554070260
Branch Call Number: 520 SCA
Characteristics: 128 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm


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