The first major observing guide for amateurs since Burnham's Celestial Handbook. With finder charts of large-scale and unprecedented detail, in both normal and mirror-image views (for users of the ubiquitous Meade and Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope ranges), and an extensive list of 14,000 objects, it will provide a detailed observing guide for almost any practical amateur astronomer, up to the most advanced.
The atlas covers the whole range of objects viewable by amateur astronomers with 8- to 11-inch telescopes, from latitude approx +40 degrees. The projected total number of objects is (currently) 13,238, compared with Burnham's approximately 5,000 double stars.
The accompanying book gives an introduction to the Atlas, showcases the maps (thus buyers can see what they are getting without running the CD-ROM), describes the CD-ROM content and organization, and includes various appendices.
From the reviews: "Amateur astronomer Harshaw (Stardeck Observatory, MO) compiled this recent entry in the 'Practical Astronomy' series. ! The CD-ROM is well organized; it includes bank observing forms and images of more than 10,000 double stars, more than 1,400 galaxies, and other objects reachable by an amateur-size telescope. ! Charts are of excellent quality. ! Summing Up: Recommended. General readers." (M. --K. Hemenway, CHOICE, Vol. v4 (3), November, 2007) "The printed part of the book contains clear and simple explanations of some of the basics of amateur astronomical observing ! . The heart of the work is the CD-ROM with finding charts and the listing of the 13,238 objects. ! Overall, for those amateurs in the northern hemisphere of a taxonomic bent this CD atlas would be of great assistance." (Nick Lomb, Australian Physics, Vol. 44 (4), 2007) "Patrick Moore in his book, 'Atlas of the Universe' brings many of the wonders of this space ! . The universe is big but this book makes it all very manageable. ! the book is a veritable treasure of information and pictures suitable for the young and uninitiated who want to learn more of the universe in which Earth travels. ! With copious pictures and well rounded phrases, anyone can use this book to help them travel off-planet to wherever their eyes lead them." (Mark Mortimer, Universe Today, September, 2006)
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