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Collins Gem - Stars Paperback – 4 Jan 2000

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New edition edition (4 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0004724747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0004724744
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 8.9 x 12.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 400,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Many of today's amateur stargazers learned their way around the night sky with the observing guides of Ian Ridpath. Among these are The Monthly Sky Guide, now in its 9th edition; the Collins Stars and Planets Guide (known in the US as the Princeton Field Guide to Stars and Planets), now in its 4th edition; and Collins Gem Stars. All these have been continuously in print for over 25 years. A particular interest of Ian's is the Greek and Roman myths of the constellations, which he wrote about in his book Star Tales.

Ian is editor of the authoritative Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy and the last three editions of Norton's Star Atlas, the longest-established star atlas in the world and reputedly the best-known. He is a major contributor to the Dorling Kindersley encyclopedia Universe, and is author of Dorling Kindersley's Eyewitness Companion to Astronomy. In 2012 he won the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's Klumpke-Roberts Award for "outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy", the most prestigious award of its kind.

He is also a leading UFO skeptic and is well-known for his investigation and explanation of Britain's leading UFO case, the Rendlesham Forest Incident.

For more about Ian Ridpath, see his personal website
and his entry in Wikipedia

Support pages for Ian Ridpath's books in print can be found here

For talks by Ian Ridpath see

Read Ian Ridpath's author blog

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From the Back Cover

'Collins Gem Stars' provides details of all 88 constellations of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, complete with star charts and a star atlas of the entire sky, ideal for practical observation of the stars throughout the world all year round.

• Features individual charts for all 88 constellations
• Describes the brightest stars and main objects of interest to be seen with the naked eye, binoculars and small telescopes
• Includes a star atlas of the entire sky and charts the stars visible each season

About the Author

Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion are authors of the Collins Pocket Guide to Stars and Planets and The Monthly Sky Guide (CUP). Ian is editor of Norton’s Star Atlas and the Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy, and author of Star Tales. Wil is author of Sky Atlas 2000.0.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 May 2002
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Excellent reference, even for more seasoned astronomers (so I'm told). Concise, clear maps, as expected from Wil Tirion who also created the charts for Star Atlas 2000.
The basic layout is perfect, with seasonal maps of the celestial sphere, followed by sections and maps for each individual constellation and descriptions of their points of interest (Messier objects, etc.)
Lastly, it fits in your top pocket and is dirt cheap. What more could you want?
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Amazon.com: 2 reviews
Amazingly good for a shirt-pocket Star Atlas. 5 May 2003
By Coticbane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This little "gem" is often overlooked by serious astronomers, but its small format (8cm x 11.5cm) gives you a star atlas in your shirt pocket! Separate chart for each constellation, down to mag 5. Lots of DSOs, including the Messiers, are marked. Recommended!
Amazing little book 8 Mar. 2006
By Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Essentially a high quality sky atlas in a small but highly readable format, including a listing and short discussion of the objects that are interesting in each of the 88 constellations.

Highly recommended!
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