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Norton's star atlas: And reference handbook (epoch 1950.0) [Unknown Binding]

Arthur P Norton
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  • Unknown Binding: 151 pages
  • Publisher: Sky Publishing Corp; 16th ed edition (1973)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006WUP8O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Norton's Star Atlas and Reference Handbook 11 Sep 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Its more than 45 years since I bought my first copy of Norton's. Since then three editions I own have fallen to bits with constant use. Then, about 15yrs ago, I swapped to Will Tirion's Cambridge Star Atlas 2000 and Norton's took a back seat.
A recent opportunity to re-look at Norton's lead me to the 20th edition. It's good, very good as a reference handbook that will initially be beyond the needs of most users, hence perhaps the more critical reviews on Amazon by those who still need to learn their astronomy. Norton's has always included technical terms, definitions and sometimes obscure facts that are mostly never needed but are extremely useful nevertheless for a rounded out appreciation of our earth in space and the night sky in general.
Ian Ridpath has done a fine job of bringing the reference handbook up to date. But that's where I stop any praise. The publishers, and I dont blame Ian for this, have asked far more than is necessary from Norton's and it risks losing its appeal as a simple star atlas. Much of the new stuff, astrophotography for instance, should not have been included. Astro-imaging is evolving faster than Norton's ever did and has absolutely no place in this venerable publication. There are other bloated sections that need not be there; who needs yet another comparison of telescope types. Norton's is about the night sky, not the equipment with which to view it.
The 17 star charts are still, without any exception (including Tirion and most of the available planetarium software), the best in the business with which to illustrate the celestial sphere AT THE TELESCOPE. But the new heavyweight format of the book severely limits its use as a star atlas as Arthur Norton originally intended nearly a century ago...
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Complete, authoritative but too terse 3 Feb 1999
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Format:Hardcover
If one book could cover most topics in general astronomy authoritatively, its Norton. From recommendations on reporting celestial phenomena to specifying telescope characteristics, it seems the author grouped everything that could be of interest to earthbound amateur observers. Very terse in descriptions, Norton's is geared to advanced astronomers who require a reference or a refresher. For example, its star maps are not as clear as a Wil Tirion presentation, but it does not suffer from lack of completeness. For astute beginners, the book is very well indexed and organized, so an unfamiliar concept referred in one section is detailed elsewhere. Readers are rewarded with a book densely packed with information in under two hundred pages.
I was impressed by the care made in the production of the paperbound handbook. Not immediately obvious is that the large page format allow charts and maps to present detail clearly. Tyvec-like bindings allow pages to open flat without distortion. I did not find any typographical errors. The maps, are not ideal for field astronomy use.
Norton's is not light reading, but is encyclopedic in breath and style. For the 20th Edition, its editors should strive for readability, and garner a 5/5 rating.
Marv Gozum, MD
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential astronomy text 18 Jan 2013
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Excellent - well described basis for celestial times and co-ordinates helps to make sense of Right Ascension, declination, sidereal times and the like. Most of the book is reference material and there is little else to touch it - that it has survived to its 20th edition speaks loudly of its value. Unlike many text books these days it is not expensive in my opinion
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5.0 out of 5 stars Norton's Star Atlas 17 Sep 2011
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This is a 'must-have' for anyone with an interest in astronomy. It is by far the best that I have found and includes essential information for caring for and setting up your telescope.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 5 April 2010
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One of the best reference astronomical books around. Having used this book for the past 40 years its still one of the most useful around.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It should see me out! 27 May 2014
By D Lewis
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Similar quality but of course more information in this 20th edition (195 pages) compared to my old 16th edition (153 pages) of 1973 -shame I can't live for another 40 years before I'll need to buy my next Norton's!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars All the info you require 14 Feb 2014
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A great reference source for the amateur astronomer with useful practical info. You just need clear skies which are not supplied !
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5.0 out of 5 stars an absolute gem 4 Dec 2013
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I have bought the latest version of Nortons now that the previous one I had was getting to the point where you could see the stars through the pages a wonderful book
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