176 pages, 90 colour photos, 82 colour illustrations
Using the latest methods in digital photography and image processing, The Cambridge Photographic Star Atlas presents the whole sky through large-scale photographic images with corresponding charts. Each double-page spread shows a section of the night sky and is accompanied by an inverted chart highlighting and naming double stars, variable stars, open clusters, galactic and planetary nebulae, globular clusters and galaxies. The 82 large-scale charts, with a scale of 1 degree per cm, identify over 1500 deep-sky objects and 2500 stars. Providing a giant mosaic of the entire sky, this unique atlas is unparalleled in detail and completeness, making it indispensable for visual observers and astrophotographers.
"Book of the month: this is a wonderful companion to a conventional atlas, as well as a superb coffee table book."
– BBC Sky at Night Magazine
"[...] should prove a valuable reference to the advanced-amateur community."
– The Observatory
"[...] the most beautiful star atlas of modern times [...] What a perfect tool for cloudy-night star gazing! And a fine reference book for the historian."
– Journal for the History of Astronomy
1. User's guide
2. How the atlas was compiled
3. 82 charts of the entire sky
4. Index of labelled objects
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Axel Mellinger is an Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University. He is an accomplished astrophotographer and his wide-field mosaics of the night sky are used in planetariums around the world.
Ronald Stoyan is editor-in-chief of Interstellarum, one of Germany's main astronomy magazines. Founding director of the German deep sky organization Fachgruppe Deep-Sky, he has authored and co-authored six books on practical astronomy.