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This review is from: Atlas of the Messier Objects: Highlights of the Deep Sky (Hardcover)
Just got this book.
I was hoping it would be more practical. It doesn't give you any directions for finding these famous deep sky objects but it does produce nice glossy hubble space telescope type pictures of galaxies etc. More of a coffee table book than a practical "backyard astronomers guide". Lots of history annecdotes, which are mildly interesting I suppose. Can't say I am that impressed, as I was expecting much more... Some well prepared custom charts would be a start to making this book good...especially with the word "Atlas" in the title !!! having said that I'm off to read it now !!! I think I prefer Stephen O'Meara's book on the Messier Objects.... I suppose this one compliments it. 3 Stars out of 5 is fair.
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Initial post: 23 Jul 2011 13:32:31 BDT
The reviewer states that this book doesn't give any directions for finding the objects, but this book gives the right ascension and declination (the astronomical equivalent of latitude and longitude) and it states the constellation containing the object, together with other details about magnitude (brightness) and difficulty of observation. This should be more than enough information for finding the objects.
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