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Deep-Sky Companions: Southern Gems

Deep-Sky Companions: Southern Gems [Kindle Edition]

Stephen James O'Meara
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'Wonderful entertainment …' Astronomy Now

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In Southern Gems, Stephen James O'Meara makes a detour beneath the southern skies, presenting a fresh list of 120 deep-sky objects for southern hemisphere stargazers to observe. Showcasing many exceptional objects catalogued by the pioneering observer James Dunlop, known as the 'Messier of the southern skies', all are visible through small- to moderate-sized telescopes or binoculars under dark skies. The list features some of the blackest dark nebulae, icy blue planetary nebulae and magnificent galaxies of all types. Each object is accompanied by beautiful photographs and sketches, original finder charts, visual histories and up-to-date astrophysical background information. Whether you live in the southern hemisphere or are just visiting, this new Deep-Sky Companion will make a perfect observing partner, whatever your background. There is no other southern sky guide like it on the market.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 23008 KB
  • Print Length: 481 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1107015014
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (16 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #326,251 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Kindle edition 9 Mar 2013
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I have been looking forward to this book but the delays in getting the print edition out meant I thought I would buy the Kindle edition instead. Kindle books always lack the pleasure of a book but in this case the images seem well reproduced and the material is good. The object selection is from James Dunlop's catalogue of southern objects. The brief history of southern DSO cataloging is also good. As with all O'Meara books it is worth gettign and i Look forward to the paper edition in good time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Southern Gems 16 Sep 2013
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Not a lot of material on the subject matter. Well written. My complaints are that the wide field finder charts are rather small and buried in the back. The detailed finder charts are also rather small. The appendix in the back to record field notes is useless: spaced to close together and no ruled lines to organize your comments. But still a valuable addition to the library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just perfect 23 July 2013
By Luis Argerich - Published on
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It is hard to find a book as good as this one. First things first this is an excellent reference book about wonderful objects in the southern skies. It will give you coordinates, magnitude, a photo, sketch, a map and finder charts. No detail is missing from what you would expect as all the references needed to observe or photograph the target.
But beyond that the book is also a fantastic read with detailed astronomical and historical information about each object. You can take the book to bed and read a story and great information about one object each night.
A fantastic book that I'm very happy to have.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book O'Meara Style 19 Mar 2014
By Darren Wong - Published on
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I have been an avid followed of Stephen's works, be in his books (I have his entire Deep Sky Companions Series Hardcover Books and have read them from front to back numerous times), or his articles in Astronomy magazine, and have even communicated with him via e mail. My love affair with his books began with his first tome, The Messier Objects. Much like me, Stephen is a visual observer and spends an inordinate number of hours at the eyepiece perfecting his craft, learning new tricks to bring objects out with breathing techniques (which he discusses in his books) and using different magnifications to capture "the mind's eye" view of deep sky objects. He also happen's to cap his scope size to 4", using the TV Genesis in the first few books, and then in the last two (this included) a 5" TV Refractor, so what he sees is perfectly visible in small'ish amateur scopes (bear in mind Stephen has a very trained eye, and observes from one of the darkest sky sites in the world in Hawaii). He also goes in depth and gives a historical overview of the objects, compiles the latest astrophysical information about the objects, as well as giving us his whimsical take on how the objects look through the eyepiece (which makes excellent reading on cloudy nights!!!!!). His latest work is no different in that aspect. I have even taken to giving nicknames to some of the object as Stephen did! My only gripe about his latest work is that some of these "Southern Gems" have already been covered in detail in his other book, the Caldwell Objects. Those objects share the same sketch and an updated version of the text. So I would definately recommend this book, but maybe in an electronic version (as I did..I purchased the electronic version instead of the print version).
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