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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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NHBS Price: £55.99 $68/€63 approx

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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