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Sky & Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas [Spiral-bound]

Roger W. Sinnott
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Spiral-bound: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Sky Publishing Corporation; Spi edition (30 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931559317
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931559317
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 16.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
I wish this atlas had been available when I started out in astronomy. It's small enough to fit in one hand, yet - despite its size - the layout never feels cramped. The constellation lines are a huge advantage too; I can locate most deep-sky objects within a couple of minutes - much faster than I could with Sky Atlas 2000.

The atlas includes 80 main charts, plus 4 close-up charts covering the following regions of interest: the Pleiades, Orion's Sword, the Virgo Galaxy Cluster (essential!), and the Large Magellanic Cloud.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First impressions 13 Mar 2010
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
This atlas is A5 sized and so fits into the pocket quite easily. It is spiral bound and so will stay open at the pages selected, when you place in on a flat surface. This is a great bonus as you can cross-refer from the book to the night sky / telescope / binoculars quickly and without having to find the page again. I covered the outside covers in clear sticky backed film to give extra protection against any dew.

Stars down to maginitude 7.6 are displayed on 80 main charts. The pages are in colour with significant objects easy to find. Arrows indicate the page number of the next page to check on the sky to the north/east/south/west which makes navigating across the sky simple. I am very pleased with this atlas and I am certain it will help improve my knowledge of the constellations. It is not as detailed as some of the more complex atlases but it is more than adequate for most casual users.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An astronomical bargain 5 Oct 2010
I can't fault this star atlas. It's a convenient size; the maps are beautifully clear and have a generous overlap with adjacent areas of sky; the spiral binding means the atlas always lies flat and doesn't have to be held open. Double and variable stars are differentiated and star clusters, nebulae and galaxies are all mapped.
Since I got my copy I find I use it all the time and not just to find the objects shown on the maps. It is also hugely useful for locating the fainter planets Uranus and Neptune, and other faint solar system objects moving against the stellar background. I'm just a hobby astronomer using my telescope in the back garden but this is an immensely useful book and I wouldn't want to be without it. At the Amazon price it has to be an astronomical bargain.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HEAVANS ABOVE 24 Aug 2009
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
I can really only echo the other reviewers comments. This atlas is a gem of a find, nice handy size and very easy to use.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Pocket Sky Atlas Currently Available 6 May 2010
By James I
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
I can't really add anything more of note to the informed opinions of the four previous reviewers: It is detailed, clear, concise, and very well printed on high quality card.

Let's hope for clear nights and a reduction in light pollution so that we may put it to good use.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sky & Telescope pocket Atlas 9 Nov 2009
This is a great field atlas to use outside with a telescope. It is small enough to slip into a large coat pocket or in an eyepiece box. The pages seem slightly waxy and are at least partially resistant to the dew, which can ruin paper atlases. The maps are very clear and are great for hunting down NGC objects etc. It takes a few moments to see how each section of the maps join together but you soon get used to the layout. This means you get detailed charts but on a small page size.

If it had a few notes of interest about the best objects on each page it would be even better and gone up to 5 stars in my rating. Even so this atlas now comes with me on every observing session and I have bought a second copy just to make sure! Make certain you have a red torch to go with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor kindle edition lets this good book down 17 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Sky & Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas

I am only giving this 2 stars.

If I had the hardback it would be 5 stars.

Why o why do the kindle editions come out so poorly?

The star charts are hard to read and you cannot expand (at least not on my Samsung tablet) to read them.

So do not download the kindle edition until they make some changes to make it readable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Navigation and Poor Graphics 18 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The ability to navigate from one page or chart to another is absolutely essential and this kindle edition is, I'm sad to say, a big fail :-(

Combined with the fact that each chart is a non searchable poor quality image just adds to the frustration. When you enlarge a chart it actually becomes less legible and the jpeg artefacts show up making it difficult to work out if there is a line through a star indicating that it's a double.

The 'Look Inside' feature actually shows the poor graphics in fairness but I naturally assumed that when I handed over my cash a lovely clear representation of the printed version would be on view, but alas, no ... just so lodges and blurs.

This is how the navigation goes:
You find an object in the index, it gives you the Chart number, but without coordinates as to where on the chart to find it and not even a direct link to the chart. You are instead expected to battle with a meaningless 'location' at the bottom of the page in the Kindle info and guess which page that location is going to take you ... eh? What's all that about?

When is this actually going to reach the digital age? I am seriously not impressed. This kindle edition is a complete let down with regards to the effort put into the publication itself.

The Kindle edition is way over priced at 6 plus, and because of the lack of coordinate references I suspect I will be saving money on the printed version.

My advice: save your money!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sky Atlas
What great value this book is; perfect accompaniment for star gazing. detailed star maps and easy to use. Read more
Published 2 months ago by storck
5.0 out of 5 stars Never far from my Telescope
As a field guide I find this book excellent and it is in constant use when I go out stargazing or am planning a stargazing session, even with my GOTO mount. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrew Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Astronomer's back-up atlas...
I've got big star atlases and sometimes they're quite difficult to handle while out in the freezing cold and darkness. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Imad Mousa
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Handy Sky Atlas
A good size for a sky atlas for use when observing at the telescope/binoculars. It doesn't have a load of excess information to make it bulky. Read more
Published 3 months ago by E Eade
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Buy
Purchased for my sons Christmas present, as he is into science and space at the moment. Just waiting to catch some stars on a clear night to use it to the full purpose intended... Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars sky and telescope atlas
arrived in time stated web site well packed nice handy sized book to take out not large and seems easy to understand
Published 6 months ago by dave
3.0 out of 5 stars Unable to enlarge charts on 7 inch tablet
The charts are detailed but are far too small on a larger than phone display. I might be doing something wrong but I could not get the charts to enlarge to a useful size.
Published 6 months ago by Baza Wardle
4.0 out of 5 stars A must-have guide to any stargazer out in the field
This spiral-bound pocket atlas displays the entire nightsky up to magnitude 7 with galaxies, nebulae and clusters up to magnitude 12. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nicolas Piili
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Surprisingly good and easy to use. The maps overlap and are easy to follow. I was particularly impressed by the representation of emission nebulae making choosing an object for... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars great atlas
Great atlas, very simple and easy to read. it was recommended to me as professional and cheap product. Fantastic atlas!!!
Published 8 months ago by Miroslawa Kadys
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