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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (22 Nov. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1517687802
  • ISBN-13: 978-1517687809
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.9 x 27.9 cm
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By CJ on 29 Dec. 2016
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A very thorough and useful reference guide to the night sky, aimed squarely at astrophotographers rather than visual users.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wealth of information in a 143 page atlas. 22 Jan. 2016
By Scott P. Orr - Published on Amazon.com
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Without doubt, this is one of the best purchases I've made in recent memory. The "Astrophotography Sky Atlas" contains a wealth of information in a single volume; I can only begin to imagine the amount of time and effort that went into its production. An especially unique and helpful feature of this atlas is its plotting of objects in differently shaded colors to represent their respective brightness as photographic targets. In addition to the usual Messier, NGC and IC objects, the atlas plots the Sharpless, RCW, vdB and Abell catalogs of emission and reflection nebulae, as well as a selection of dark nebulae and supernova remnants. The Object Index is very detailed and cross-referenced and includes object type, location, size, alternate names in other catalogs, ideal dates for viewing, etc. This is a "must have" for those new to astrophotography, as it contains all of the most important information needed for selecting and locating targets, and it will certainly be of value to the experienced astrophotographer as well. I write very few reviews of my purchases; however, this is one I felt compelled to write given the value of this atlas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE atlas for astrophotography 10 Aug. 2016
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I have collected at least a dozen Sky Atlases over the years, from Norton's through the Millennium Star Atlas. All have their strengths, and most are excellent. However, every one of them is intended to support visual observing. And, every one of them is of limited value in helping to choose and plan targets for astrophotography. Even the software atlases such TheSkyX are not of much help if your interest is faint emission or reflection nebulae. That is precisely where this atlas shines. Open to any page and you are likely to find dozens of interesting targets you probably never knew existed. The charts are supplemented with comprehensive tables filled with thoughtful commentary.

If you are an experienced astrophotographer who has imaged most of the obvious stuff, get this atlas right away! It will refresh your enthusiasm and provide years of inspiration.

If you are new to astrophotography, get this atlas right away! It will reduce your frustration by steering you to the most satisfying objects to tackle early in your imaging career.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Atlas. 28 Mar. 2017
By Buddyjay - Published on Amazon.com
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I just stepped up from DSLR imaging to CCD with Narrow Band and LRGB; so I wanted something to show me what objects are worth going after with my setup.
At first glance I was little disappointed in the contents. Has many charts which I already have. But after a better examination, I was pleased with everything.
The main reason for buying this Atlas was to have a book that shows me (and describes) the objects to photograph according to their size, brightness AND recommendation.
The author covers this perfectly. The lists are extensive and I really value the comments he makes on the objects regarding their content and whether or not it is worth imaging.
The maps showing the objects is another plus as it has a visual representation on the relative size and brightness. Makes it easy to determine whether or not to image.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great atlas for astrophtographers 13 Mar. 2017
By Williammaxwell - Published on Amazon.com
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Although some of the "rankings" are a bit different from my own, this book is an absolute gem to the astrophotographer. Choice photographic targets differ from visual listings in the average star atlas. This atlas points out some great photographic targets normally overlooked.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A useful addition to my astrophotography library 31 Dec. 2015
By R. Bishop - Published on Amazon.com
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Great atlas for astrophotographers. 99% of my scope time is spent imaging and I was looking for an aid to help me select and frame targets. I purchased this at the same time I purchased Instellarum Deep Sky Atlas: Desk Edition and The Cambridge Photographic Star Atlas. If you are mostly a visual astronomer, you may want to consider Instellarum - nicely spiral bound, larger/deeper charts and focused on what is visible at the eyepiece in different size scopes. But for imaging, if you have to choose only one Bracken's book is a very good choice. It highlights fainter/darker objects that make good long-exposure photographic targets but weak visual targets, and includes best target recommendations and a useful index.

I don't have a lot of experience with star atlases in general, so can't comment more broadly on hardcore technical merits of this book vs other atlas options. But for it's intended purpose (which was my purpose in purchasing this book), this is a very useful book and nicely presented and printed. I take off 1/2 a star for not being spiral bound and it would have been nice to see some true wide-field photographic plates of some target-rich areas included as well - hopefully in a future edition of this very good book.
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