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  • Spiral-bound: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Spi edition (27 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521138175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521138178
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 1.6 x 30.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 630,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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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.

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This is a top class publication. Excellent charts and an interesting and extensive introduction about the Herschels.
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.
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This has everything the budding amateur needs to find their way about the heavens!
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Herschel Atlas 5 July 2011
By Dan - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent atlas. Exactly what has been needed for anybody that wants to star hop the skies for Herschel objects, since the Herschel designations are listed without having to look up the designations based on NGC numbers. Every other atlas lists NGC numbers, one showing Herschel designations is what was sorely needed and this one fits the bill. In addition there is a complete listing of Herschel objects in the back of the atlas arrainged by RA. The atlas includes John Herschels objects too. On the fainter class 2 and 3 objects a more detailed atlas may be needed but this one will get you in the correct field anyway. I should mention I star hop to objects and will not use GOTO technology to track down any objects. Those that use GOTO will probably need the NGC numbers and this may not be the atlas for you. The atlas itself is wire bound and lays flat on the table. It shows up well using red light flashlights at the telescope. It has constellation stick figures drawn in which may or may not be a blessing. I tend to see the constellations different from most atlases and prefer to draw my own lines in, but your view may differ. Nebula, clusters and galaxies are color coded, M objects are marked. Typical outstanding Tirion quality. 32 charts cover the entire sky. Scale is about 4 degrees per inch. Covers are coated but pages are not so dew may be a problem if you leave it open long at the telescope.
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying this atlas for lesser price. 22 July 2016
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Love it! This atlas focuses on Herschel objects without additional clutters. Also it has some good advices on finding objects plus what size telescopes needing to find them depending the condition of the sky. Good references are including as well in order to make this atlas fun to use.
Now I am a fan of Wil Tirion.
5.0 out of 5 stars A very thorough coverage of the better Herschel objects 3 Sept. 2014
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A very thorough coverage of the better Herschel objects. As some have pointed out, cross-referencing Herschel designations with NGC numbers is a bit difficult, otherwise I find nothing to quibble about. The maps are very well done and especially useful in planning observations.
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2.0 out of 5 stars missing NGC references in charts 18 Mar. 2011
By A. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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I just received this atlas and noticed a glaring problem, at least for me. The charts reference the various objects using the original Herschel designations; you can only find the NGC numbers in the various tables. While the Herschel designations are historically interesting, the NGC designations are really essential in the charts for ease of referencing other lists and texts. The authors are probably trying to keep the charts "cleaner", but an observer really needs to see the NGC designation at a glance. To find them in the tables, you must look up the object by RA and DEC, as the original Herschel designations are not in any specific order. This takes time, especially at the telescope where you would use the atlas.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Herchel Objects are wonder to behold even with an 8 inch SCT 1 Jan. 2014
By rhodoguru - Published on Amazon.com
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As novice amateur astronomers with a computer driven object finding system this book extended our knowledge of the sky using the ongoing standard format of Cambridge Press and others.
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