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I bought this book on impulse as I was curious to see what it was like. I do not do much astronomical observing myself because of local light pollution, but I do have a few of the simpler star atlases.
What I like about this atlas is the fact that each area of the sky has a double page devoted to it, one page being a photograph of the night sky and the other page being a "negative" version of the same area with black stars on a white background, such as you would find in a star atlas, with coordinates and constellation outlines as well.
I think this book could be used in conjunction with a conventional star atlas to give the user a general idea of what the night sky actually looks like, which is something you cannot get from a typical star atlas.
I personally like the book as it is like having a dark night sky at your fingertips. I am not sure the book would be a lot of use as a primary star atlas as it does not give a great deal of information on the "atlas" pages, but as a photographic record of the whole sky and a addition to a conventional star atlas it is very good.