95 pages, 32 colour illustrations
This classic star atlas is ideal for both beginning astronomers and more experienced observers worldwide. The clear, full-color maps show stars, clusters and galaxies visible with binoculars or a small telescope. The atlas also features constellation boundaries and the Milky Way, and lists objects that are interesting to observe.
The fourth edition features a clearer map of the Moon's surface, showing craters and features, a second Moon map, mirror reversed for users of telescopes with star diagonals, enhanced index charts showing the constellations more clearly and a new data table listing stars hosting planetary systems. It is now spiral bound, making it ideal for use at the telescope.
"An easy to use book, clear, from an authoritative expert, not to be missed. Perhaps the ideal reference for all beginner or proficient observer in both amateur and professional capacity."
– Ciel et Terre
"[...] ideal for both beginning astronomers and more experienced observers worldwide. [...] This new edition features a clearer map of the Moon's surface, showing craters and features; a second Moon map, mirror-reversed for users of telescopes with star diagonals; enhanced index charts showing the constellations more clearly; and a new data table listing starts hosting planetary systems. It is now spiral bound, making it ideal for use at the telescope."
"The fourth edition of The Cambridge Star Atlas continues in the tradition of its predecessors in that the star charts are well drawn and clearly labelled. However this new edition also includes some new features not seen in previous editions. Including, a number of large scale charts showing the distribution of the Messier as well as a key to the main charts."
– Astronomy Now
"The real beauty of this book is that the format for the main chart pages is so user friendly! First, the charts tend to cover fairly large sections of sky, and they tend to present ONLY targets that are what I would call 'excellent' targets. By this I mean that these charts tend to focus on the brighter targets in the sky. To me, the BEST part is that on the page across from each chart is a set of tables [that] identify the best Variables, Doubles, Open Clusters, Planetary Nebulae, Nebulae, and Galaxies that appear on the chart! It is a wonderful observing companion for just about any level of observer."
– Ed Moreno, AstroMart.com
"[...] should prove popular with a wide readership."
– The Observatory
The seasonal sky maps
The index maps
The main star charts
The all-sky maps
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Wil Tirion is a full-time uranographer. He has always had an interest in astronomy, and especially star charts, and has contributed to many atlases, books and magazines in astronomy. In recognition for his work the minor planet, 4648 Tirion (1931 UE), is named after him.