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The Cambridge Atlas of Herschel Objects


By: James Mullaney and Wil Tirion

183 pages, 32 col maps

Cambridge University Press

Spiralbound | Jan 2011 | #188524 | ISBN-13: 9780521138178
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This star atlas is devoted to observing the Herschel objects with binoculars and telescopes. It displays over 2500 of the most visually-attractive star clusters, nebulae and galaxies that were discovered by Sir William, Caroline and Sir John Herschel from the end of the 18th century to the mid-19th.

Covering the entire sky from the North to the South Celestial Pole, and showing all 88 constellations, it is also a general sky atlas showing variable, double and multiple stars, and the Milky Way.

Spiral bound and printed in red-light friendly colors for use at a telescope, with color-coded symbols for easy recognition and identification, this is an all-purpose observing reference for all amateur observers.

'The maps by Wil Tirion are as beautiful as we have come to expect from the premier star map producer of our time ... you will delight in this book and in the maps it includes.' The Astronomical League


Introduction; Who were the Herschels?; The Herschels' telescopes; The Herschel designations; Map parameters and selection criteria; Instrumental factors; Observing hints; Herschel showpieces; Some recommended references; About the authors; Acknowledgements; Star charts; Appendix A. Constellation table; Appendix B. The Cambridge Atlas of Herschel Objects target list.

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James Mullaney, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of London, is an astronomy writer, lecturer and consultant. He has published more than 500 articles and seven books on observing the wonders of the heavens. Wil Tirion is a full-time uranographer. He is famous for the numerous star charts he has created for astronomy books, atlases and magazines. The minor planet, 4648 Tirion (1931 UE), is named after him.

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