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Bright Star Atlas Paperback – 1 Apr 1990

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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars 8 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good. 21 April 2016
By UN HA KIM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Nice big and easy to view star atlas for beginner.
The only catch is that interesting objects are in the same color (black) as the background stars and not so easy to find.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for grandson 12 Jan. 2014
By Marilyn Sipple - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
It was purchased as a gift to my grandson who is interested in studying Cosmology or Astronomics in college. It arrived in time and he really was happy to receive it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for my husband 16 April 2014
By Debbie W. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My husband wanted this book and apparently it has what he was looking for in it. My husband would recommend this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great book for quick overview of the best stuff 8 Sept. 2013
By Jeff Holland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I do a lot of telescope astronomy and have relied on star charts, not computerized telescopes for most of my viewing. It sounds like a lot of people find this book lacking, but I find it's that "goldilocks" happy medium of "just right" for most casual uses. I have a giant set of laminated sky charts with 8th magnitude stars--great for detailed star hopping, but too big and unweildy for casual observing. I also have the pocket sky atlas, which has good detail for its size, but each page covers such a small section of the sky that it is annoying to use and get a good overview. I almost always use Tirion's Bright Star Atlas since I can see a big chunk of the sky at once, and easily find the most prominant objects. I don't normally care about obscure 12th magnitude planetary nebulae and such. There are thousands of the best objects that you can see right here in this book. The adjacent page has basic info on all the important objects--magnitudes, dimensions, common names, etc. Even when I'm using someone else's computerized telescope, I like to pull out the atlas and look at whatever part of the sky we're at, and it's easy to see what other interesting things might be nearby. The people who rely on their computers often reply that they never knew about this or that object nearby, and wouldn't have known it was worth taking a quick look. Compared to the pocket sky atlas, you'd have to turn 10 pages for the equivalent overview that one page here gives you. It has been my most used star chart for over a decade. I don't know why it's not more popular, as it is the perfect middle ground for those casual nights under the stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's been fine for me. 30 Sept. 2013
By Trailmaker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've used this atlas for several years now and will need to buy a new one. I'm a bit puzzled about the negative reviews it got. I think it's very practical for just finding objects and star hopping with binoculars. My only problem with it is that it ought to be made with a moisture proof paper for damp conditions (non glaring of course),it's just uncoated card stock. I'd give it a 5 if it weren't for that.
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