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The Great Atlas of the Stars Spiral-bound – 1 Nov 2001

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  • Spiral-bound: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd; Spi edition (1 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552096106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552096109
  • Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 1.6 x 36.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,171,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you ever considered becoming acquainted with the night sky, I can think of no better guide than this book. It is great in both size and approach.--Patrick Toscano"Professional Surveyor" (02/01/2003)

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Serge Brunier is the best-selling author of "Majestic Universe: Views from Here to Infinity."

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 May 2002
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
This Atlas of the Stars will take your breath away, there's no doubt about that. Serge Brunier has got together with acclaimed astro-photographer Akira Fujii to produce a wonderful view of the night sky with stunning, crystal-clear photographs accompanied by informative narration and star data.
The main focus is a tour through 30 of the author's favourite constellations from both the northern and southern hemispheres of the sky. On each occasion, a large photograph of the constellation has a clear plastic overlay with the important features marked. Leave the overlay on to see the brightest stars, galaxies and clusters labelled then refer to them on the adjacent page where their distances, luminosities and general facts are shown with a small close-up picture. Then lift the overlay to see the photograph in all its unhindered glory.
It's a simple but very effective system and several constellations merit further images with even more detail shown. You just can't help but continue through the book, marvelling at both the quality of the imaging and the beauty of the subject matter itself.
That's not to say that the book is perfect. Constellations consist of objects of widely varying brightness and inevitably any photograph which exposes bright stars correctly will not show faint galaxies at all. Conversely, if the exposure is long enough to reveal those faint objects, the nearby and hugely brighter stars will be hopelessly over-exposed. The book tends to go with the first method, and hence labels galaxies and clusters which cannot be discerned in the photo itself.
In addition, the small close-up shots on the data page are often vague - double stars in particular leave you wondering exactly which two stars you are supposed to be looking at.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
A beautiful book... 26 April 2002
By John Rummel - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
There must be quite a risk associated with using the adjective "great" in the title of a book when actually describing the book itself. Serge Brunier probably decided he was safe in doing so when Akira Fujii signed on as the photographer for this beautiful constellation atlas. In addition to the breathtaking wide-field shots of Fujii, the book contains numerous images by other amateur and professional astrophotographers. It is the images of Fujii that steal the show, however, along with the expert editorial judgment of Brunier, that make this an unquestionably great book.
I have a fair amateur knowledge of the night sky, but while browsing the Great Atlas, I feel as though I am seeing these constellations for the first time. The layout is so elegant and simple that it tends to hide how thoroughly well-thought-out it really is.
Each two-page spread is made up of three basic elements. 1) On the right is a beautiful 10.5 x 14 inch wide-field constellation shot by the legendary Japanese astrophotographer Fujii. 2) On the left facing page is the constellation name, season for best observing, some history, a schematic showing the major landmarks, and three close-up detail photos of interesting stars or other objects in the vicinity, with brief descriptions. 3) Finally, there is a clear overlay for the wide-field shot with circles and labels, as well as constellation lines. The book is spiral-bound so the whole affair lays perfectly flat on your table top for easy access.
The package creates an irresistible presentation that makes for easy inspection and close examination.
Many of the constellations (e.g., Virgo, Scorpius), have an additional page with an enlargement of the Fujii photo of the previous page, highlighting a particularly interesting region of the photo. The enlargements are primarily the photographs of David Malin (Anglo-Australian Observatory) with higher magnification, though many readers will recognize the work of others as well. Besides Fujii, the astrophotography of such well known amateurs as Jerry Lodriguss, John Gleason, and Bill and Sally Fletcher are also represented. Additionally, professional images from the European Southern Observatory, the National Optical Astronomical Observatories, and the Space Telescope Science Institute are used as well.
The selection of objects highlighted on the left page-panel is a mix of some standard deep sky objects (e.g, M13) and exotic variable, double, or otherwise interesting stars. Most of these objects are easy targets for amateur scopes, but there are a few exotic ones thrown in for good measure as well (e.g, the "pistol star" in Sagittarius).
This text component meshes very well with the photographs. The information included is a perfect compliment to the photography. Not too much but a balance that feels just right. The brief descriptions of these varied objects provides just enough information and visual stimulation that leaves me wanting more. I was prompted in several cases to pull additional references off the shelf and read about several interesting red giant stars, and also added several telescopic double stars to the "must see" list for my next observing session.
I have a few very small quibbles: the Big Dipper is treated as a constellation, some star names are spelled with unusual variants, and throughout, "zeta" is spelled "dzeta." These quibbles are relatively small though, given a book of this value and stature.
Perhaps the best way to explain my feelings about this book is to say it is the visual equivalent to the three-volume Celestial Handbook. What Robert Burnham did with poetry and mythology, Brunier and Fujii do with photography.
All the above verbiage notwithstanding, I simply cannot express to you how beautiful this book really is. It is not expensive. Buy it. Now.
Why are you still reading this? Go.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
"Great Atlas" falls short of its name 6 Feb. 2004
By Brian Tung - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound
One knock on modern star atlases is that they tend to be, well, a little dry. Old atlases have colorful constellation figures drawn in ornate detail, detail that gets in the way of seeing the actual stars. Aiming for the practical, atlases for professional use focused more and more on the stars--the ultimate case being an atlas by the German astronomer Friedrich Argelander. Argelander's work was a map of 324,000 stars, unrelieved with figures, constellation lines, names, numbers, or indeed anything at all except coordinate lines. It's hardly a gripping book.
Brunier and Fujii's book is an attempt to put more of the beauty of the night sky back into a map of the stars. This book really isn't a comprehensive atlas; think of it more as a Fodor's guide to the stars. Not all of the sky is covered--just the highlights.
Even those readers only faintly acquainted with the heavens will recognize some friends here: the Big Dipper, Orion. But this book doesn't merely show you the constellations. Akira Fujii's breathtaking wide-field astrophotos reveal dozens of celestial wonders in the neighborhood of each constellation. The brightest are pulled out for special mention in the accompanying text, written by Brunier. Acetate overlays are cleverly inserted between the photos, marked with white circles to indicate where the objects are.
Here's where the book gets a bit dicier. Quite a few of the circles aren't where they ought to be. The circles for M81 and M82, a dazzling pair of galaxies close to the Big Dipper, is a couple of degrees off from where it ought to be. (The circle itself is about a degree across.) Even worse is the circle for M3, a globular cluster containing hundreds of thousands of stars; not only is the circle about 5 degrees off, but M3 isn't even in the wide-field astrophoto at all.
Now, an ordinary copy editor isn't going to be able to catch this, and it won't matter much to the ordinary reader. But it shows a lack of attention to detail that just shouldn't be an issue for a book with such outstanding production values. (And they are outstanding.) This book deserves a second edition; let's hope that these mostly minor issues get resolved by then.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Nice idea but badly executed 16 Dec. 2002
By STEVEN OROURKE - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
I agree that the photos are wonderful. However, the editors/writers aren't very skilled in astronomy, or even checking accuracy. The concept of the book is to link the star photos to other photos of higher resolution and to append to that a useful paragraph of info. Unfortunately, the circled areas on the main photo (using the plastic overlay) often do not match the same field as the referenced close-up photo. Moreover, the text is often too little, unrelated, or just plain weak. It would have been very easy to get this right but that didn't happen in this edition; very frustrating. So, if you like awesome photos then the book is nice; as an astronomical tool it is fairly useless. Let's hope the next edition does better.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful - though mine had assembly problems 11 Mar. 2002
By Starlancer - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
This is an absolutely gorgeous book. After seeing it praised on various online astronomy forums I bought it. When I first received mine I thought something was very wrong. Some of the overlays were not in the right place. I've been into astronomy off and on for 20+ years and know the constellations pretty well, and the photo for Virgo, for example, was completely missing Spica, though it was shown on the overlay. Humm... After some head scratching and wondering whether to send it back, I realized the page numbers were out of sequence in places toward the front of the book. Fortunately, the way the spiral binding is made, it was relatively easy to remove the pages and re-assemble them, though nearly half the book had to be taken apart. When re-assembled everything was right, except that I am missing the page that contains pp 10-11, each of which is half of a full page spread...P>Still, this is an absolutely beautiful book, if slightly misnamed. It isn't an "atlas" in the normal sense and doesn't cover the entire sky, though it is very helpful for locating many objects it shows. If you love beautiful astrophotography, or just want the most impressive coffee table book around to help illustrate why you love astronomy, take a look at this. Even at the [$$$] list price and with the minor problem my copy has, I'd consider it well worth it!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Excellence 22 Dec. 2001
By Philip Mayor - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound
This is a first class effort that makes finding stars constelations and understanding the heavens a breeze for anyone.
The photo work is top shelf. And the overlays are the cherry on top. I gave my neighbor a copy for x-mas. He and his three daughters are just getting into astronomy. This book will move them ahead and rivet their intrest. And as a coffee table book it will draw anyone's attention, and educate even the most casual on looker. It is worth every penny. Go for it!
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