128 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour illustrations, colour charts
Philip's Night Sky Atlas can be used anywhere in the world and at any time of the year. With a sturdy, damp-proof binding, it is the ideal choice for the backyard astronomer using binoculars or a small telescope. It contains all the maps you need to learn your way around the night sky, whether you want to find remote galaxies, sketch lunar craters or make estimates of variable stars. Author Robin Scagell explains what you can see, what equipment (if any) you will need and how to make the most of your time under the stars. The star maps are by Wil Tirion, the world-renowned celestial cartographer.
The eight sky maps together show the whole of the night sky. Stars down to magnitude 5.5 are marked, together with the brighter deep sky objects. They are drawn on a white background so that you can add your own pencil notes or observations to the maps. Opposite each of the sky maps is a photo-realistic version of the same map. In addition, constellation maps show numerous deep sky targets, with interesting objects described in detail.
A Moon map, split into quadrants, is accompanied by suggestions of what to look for, with images of the most interesting features. The author also describes how to observe and record the planets, the Sun, meteors, eclipses, comets and deep sky objects.
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A long-serving Vice-President of Britain's Society for Popular Astronomy, Robin Scagell has worked as a researcher for Kodak, and as observer and photographer at France's Pic du Midi Observatory. His other books include the Philip's best-seller Stargazing with a Telescope.