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About this book
About this book
A large, highly detailed wall chart showing the stars and deep sky objects in three superb maps - the northern and southern hemispheres and the equatorial region. All stars visible to the naked eye are shown, as well as more than 200 deep sky targets, including all those listed in the famous Messier Catalogue. The deep sky objects - which include galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, and double stars - are labelled in gold-coloured ink, so that they stand out from the background stars. The maps are accompanied by an informative text that explains how to use the maps from anywhere on Earth at any time of year. Lists of galaxies, nebulae, planetary nebulae, double and multiple stars, open and globular clusters, and asterisms will provide inspiration for many years of enjoyable deep sky observing.
Will Tirion is a Dutch celestial cartographer, internationally known for his star maps. In 1977 he created his first star atlas, while still working as a full-time graphic designer. After completing his second star atlas (Sky Atlas 2000.0), Wil became a full-time celestial cartographer. Since then he has created star atlases for all levels of astronomer and his maps appear in numerous books and magazines. In 1993 the International Astronomical Union named a minor planet after him - (No. 4648) Tirion. Neil Bone has over 30 years' experience of observing the sky with a variety of instruments. He frequently uses binoculars and a small wide-field refractor to view distant star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. Neil is Director of the British Astronomical Association Meteor Section and a Contributing Consultant to Astronomy Now. A frequent lecturer at local astronomical societies and astronomical conventions, Neil is a keen popularizer of practical observational astronomy. He has written several books, as well as contributing to many other publications. In 2004 he was awarded the British Astronomical Association's Merlin Medal for his contribution to the advancement of astronomy. Neil Bone lives near Chichester, in the south of England.