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The Cambridge Atlas of Herschel Objects Spiral-bound – 27 Jan 2011
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'The maps by Wil Tirion are as beautiful as we have come to expect from the premier star map producer of our time … you will delight in this book and in the maps it includes.' The Astronomical League
'Here's a celestial atlas of a whole new type, one uniquely tailored to visual observing under a clear, dark sky. These charts can steer you to 2500 deep-sky targets that you've every chance of spotting with a good backyard telescope. We know this because William and John Herschel logged all of them with their own eyes, well before the advent of astrophotography (let alone Hubble). The feats of the Herschels, legendary in astronomy, remain an inspiration and challenge to stargazers everywhere. With this book you'll be all set for a magical evening like the one John Herschel recorded in his 1835 diary: 'The Night turned out glorious! Clear as crystal and pure as aether. … I had a perfect astronomical regale. … Retired at 3½ AM'.' Roger W. Sinnott, Senior contributing editor, Sky and Telescope magazine
'This atlas is an essential tool for anyone who wishes to follow the footsteps of the founding family of modern astronomy. It will not only help you navigate through the celestial back waters, it will serve as a treasure map as you discover new and wonderful celestial treasure that will ultimately enhance your observing skills.' Brenda Branchett and Dave Branchett, Herschel 400 club
'Unlike some recent additions of other popular star atlases, the book is easy to open out flat for use while observing, being spiral bound. Also (and a nice touch!) the maps are printed in 'red-light friendly' colours … The Cambridge Atlas of Herschel Objects is a good-looking volume, and a fitting celebration of the enormous contribution the Herschel family made to our knowledge and enjoyment of the night sky: a very desirable addition to both bookshelf and observatory.' Gnomon
'… superb … a magnificent 'celestial roadmap' to some of the finest deep-sky showpieces.' Spaceflight
'In addition to the star charts, which plot over 2,500 of the Herschel objects, there are sections summarising the Herschels' achievements, their telescopes and classification systems along with practical aspects of deep sky observing … For the person wanting a dedicated Herschel atlas … this is an excellent addition to their bookcase.' Journal of the British Astronomical Association
'The production of the atlas is very good and the charts are excellent.' Astronomy Now
'… the charts … are superbly drawn and very clear and … include a decent selection of deep-sky objects.' The Observatory
The first star atlas devoted to the Herschel objects, it displays over 2500 of the most visually-attractive star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. Spiral bound and printed in red-light friendly colors for use at a telescope, this is a must-have for stargazers who want to explore these fascinating objects.See all Product Description
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Features also a list of about 200 "best off" Herschel objects. Combine this atlas with Mark Bratton's complete guide to the Herschel objects and you will have many years of observing pleasure. I will buy a second copy of these two fabulous publications for use in the observatory.
It has a full list of Herschel objects as well as Messiers to help you plan your stargazing evening.
Can't fault it.
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Now I am a fan of Wil Tirion.
Comments on the objects, especially the table with the best 200 or so Herschel objects are useful. The charts themselves are similar to many other Tirion maps, clear and easily readable.
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