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Observing Handbook and Catalogue of Deep-sky Objects

Handbook / Manual
  • The standard work on deep-sky objects now in paperback
  • The product of personal research, not an 'assembly job' from other published source material
  • Essential reference for amateurs wanting to observe beyond the Messier Catalogue (Northern Hemisphere only)

By: Christian B Luginbuhl(Author), Brian A Skiff(Author)

352 pages, 79 b/w illustrations, 4 tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Sep 1998 | #228637 | ISBN: 0521625564
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About this book

- A detailed and comprehensive guide to observing the deep sky
- All descriptions meticulously researched and checked for this book
- Information and descriptions for more than 2000 galaxies, nebulae and star clusters
- Suitable for use with small telescopes
- Helpful charts and advice on how to observe
- Comprehensive catalogue included
- Essential reference for telescope users and astrophotographers

This is the most detailed guide to observing galaxies, clusters and nebulae available in a single volume. The objects included range from those visible in binoculars to faint galaxies requiring a 30 cm telescope. For most objects descriptions are given for a range of telescope apertures; the catalogue contains data not available elsewhere.

"In my opinion, this is an indispensable guide for experienced observers and highly recommended."
Astronomy & Space


- List of charts, tables and figures
- Prolegomenon

Part I. Amateur Observing: Telescopes
- Eyepieces
- Finderscopes and finding
- Star atlases
- Gadgets
- Looking through the telescope
- Lighting and the recording of notes
- Observing locations
- Instruments used in the survey of deep-sky objects
- Observing sites for the survey

Part II. Deep-Sky Data Sources: Galaxies
- Open clusters
- Globular clusters
- Planetary nebulae
- Galactic nebulae
- Double stars

Part III. Observations: Notes on references for deep-sky observers
- Catalogue
- Appendix of double stars

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