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Philip's Planisphere: Northern 51.5 Degrees - British Isles, Northern Europe Northern USA and Canada (Philip's Astronomy) [Paperback]

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9 May 2005 Philip's Astronomy
Turn the disc to reveal the stars visible from your location on any night of the year. The 51.5N and 35S editions of this practical hour-by-hour tracker come with their own full-colour season-by-season guide to exploring the skies. Major constellations are used as signposts to navigate the night sky, introducing the novice astronomer to the joys of stargazing. The wallet also contains illustrated step-by-step instructions on how to use the planisphere.

The planetary tables included are for 2010 to 2020 inclusive.



Product details

  • Paperback: 2 pages
  • Publisher: Philip's (9 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054008817X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0540088171
  • Product Dimensions: 30.8 x 30 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Planisphere is a really useful bit of kit... You effectively have a map of every night sky constellation." --Astronomer Mark Thompson on BBC Stargazing LIVE --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Book Description

An indispensable item of equipment for the practical astronomer. Suitable for all observers, from the complete beginner to the experienced sky watcher. Shows stars down to magnitude 5, as well as deep-sky objects for those using binoculars or telescopes. Colour wallet provides illustrated instructions for use. Contains a season-by-season guide to the night sky - an excellent introduction to an absorbing and educational hobby. Star map by Wil Tirion, the well-known celestial cartographer. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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163 of 164 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Amateur Astronomers 22 Jun 2008
Format:Paperback
The Planisphere is the perfect tool for any amateur astronomer.
It comes with full instructions on its use, so you can have a quick look at it and be out inspecting the night sky in only a few minutes.

It also explains how to find the major planets (Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn), sunrise and sunset as well as the positions of the constellations, season by season. Luckily, many of these instructions can be found on the back of the Planisphere itself (along with a Key to map symbols) so that you can always flip it over if you get stuck.

The Planisphere itself is sturdy, flexible and laminated so it won't be affected by wet surfaces - which is useful if you find yourself outside and there's a change in the weather. This makes it superior to any cardboard version.

I recieved my first Planisphere at the age of ten, and I still buy updated versions every few years, simply because they are useful for locating the major planets (it covers their positions, month by month for ten years). Those who have just started stargazing will find the Planisphere a useful tool.
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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good For Beginners 14 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After reading all the positive feedback I went for this product as I am just starting out on my new passion for astronomy.
I have been out several times now and have rediscovered some of the things my father showed me as a child in our back garden as well as discovering so many new things. The instructions are easy to understand and once you get the hang of dialing in the date and time it gives a fascinating glimpse into the worlds beyond our own.
It does have it's drawbacks though, hence I gave it only the 4 Stars (Ha! Ha! no pun intended).

It is a little awkward holding it over your head, neck/arm ache etc. but I have found a combination of holding it up and getting your bearings then placing it down to look again works well. As long as you remember where the compass points are when you bring it the other way up. Actually taking a compass with you is a good idea and I have made good use of an inexpensive map readers compass.

You really do need to have some light to read it by and of course white light from an ordinary torch will ruin your eyes adjustment to the dark ("Dark Adaption") which takes around 30mins to be properly effective. You really need a "red" light source as this does not compromise the dark adaption as much. Of course hand held torches also restrict the number of things you can hold properly too unless you want to try holding one in you mouth (as I did on my first night out) and find yourself dribbling and drooling as you crane you neck, hold your Planisphere up and aim the beam so you can read it. I found a really good headtorch for less than 10 which switches from 2 white LED's to 1 red LED and have been very pleased with it.
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136 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Straightforward, useful and accurate 3 Dec 2006
Format:Paperback
I got the Planisphere a while back and found it to be a fabulous astronomical companion. The larger format makes it easy to see outside in the dark and it's plastic construction means it won't be affected by night dew. On the back is a handy planet finder which is accurate and I quickly found Saturn in the area it computed.

I prefer the Planisphere to the laptop version as it doesn't run out of batteries, crash or damage easily. I wouldn't be without it.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great tool for the occassional astronomer 29 Dec 2007
By Tony Jones VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Every now and then in the winter when Orion is visible in the skies I dig this out and use it to work out what else I can find in the night (or early morning) sky.

It is very easy to use and can also be explained to kids. I have used it in the West of Ireland and Southern England to remind myself of the night sky I was so fascinated by as a teenager.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Philip's Planisphere for UK Lat 21 April 2010
By Steve
Format:Paperback
Great value for money. Clear and easy to read. Perfect for beginners or experienced astronomers alike. This is the bigger size and comes in a plastic case to protect it.
Has the planets locations on the back.For use in UK latitudes.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Philips Planisphere 28 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback
Saw this item one evening on the BBC (One Show) and thought it was a neat way of wondering exactly what I was looking at when star gazing. It comes with loads of info, both easy & more detailed if your interested, all you need as well is a night light to see what your doing when in the pitch darkness. By this I mean a 'red' torch so as not to disturb your 'night vision' After you've read the basics you'll have your coat on and gazing into the sky!! Enjoy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Planisphere for Budding Astronomers 8 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A briliant product which is a must for anyone starting in astronomy for a hobby. Well made and easy to use. Makes a big difference to what you can see in the night sky. Good price. One of these and a pair of binoculars (10X50) and you are away in the stars
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So simple 22 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you want to know which stars are out tonight or if you've seen a pattern in the sky and wonder if it was Gemini or Aries... this is just what you need. Very simple to use, this cardboard (hardwearing plastic, actually) computer shows you exactly which stars are where on every night of the year. If it's not on the chart, then it's probably a planet - turn over and this gadget also comes equipped with simple tables of which planets are where as well. In short, just what you need for stargazing, and so cheap too!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Planisphere
This planisphere is excellent. It has helped me immensely whilst Stargazing and helped me to learn where the constellations are too.
Published 1 day ago by pabest34
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good
Published 4 days ago by karl swan
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice product.
Saw this on a TV programme with Prof Cox and was impressed by it enough to buy one for us and one for a friend. Exactly what we wanted and is great quality. Read more
Published 8 days ago by TLM
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good... kids love it
Published 8 days ago by Niall H
5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy
i bought this for my dad as he really likes taking up new hobbies and he wanted to teach himself what he was looking at at night when he was looking at the stars, it's really easy... Read more
Published 16 days ago by S.A.Checkley
5.0 out of 5 stars Stars
it is what it is, it does what it says it will do. It was cheap thats why I bought it.
Why can't I just rate it without having to write an essay? Read more
Published 17 days ago by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Aid to astronomical observations
The planisphere is an essential aid to the beginner interested in astronomy and will assist in directing the telescope to celestial objects at any time of the year and hour of the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dr P J Baugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Always handy to have one of these, it was very well packaged to ensure there were no bends in it, easy to use as well.
Published 1 month ago by San
3.0 out of 5 stars Philips planisphsere
The planisphere is OK - very manual. Seems a little old fashioned.
I prefer to use the programme on my mobile phone - much more fun.
Published 2 months ago by John Mcevoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Planisphere Excellence
I have used this a few times due to weather conditions but the PS is easy to understand and there is a very good video on YouTube by Astronomy and Nature TV which really does... Read more
Published 2 months ago by lemonexit
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