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The Cambridge Photographic Star Atlas Hardcover – 20 Sep 2011
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'Book of the month: this is a wonderful companion to a conventional atlas, as well as a superb coffee table book.' BBC Sky at Night Magazine
'… should prove a valuable reference to the advanced-amateur community.' The Observatory
'… the most beautiful star atlas of modern times … What a perfect tool for cloudy-night star gazing! And a fine reference book for the historian.' Journal for the History of Astronomy
Providing a mosaic of the entire sky, this unique atlas is unparalleled in detail and completeness, making it indispensable for visual observers and astrophotographers. Each double-page spread shows large-scale photographic images with corresponding charts highlighting and naming over 1500 deep-sky objects and 2500 stars.See all Product description
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What I like about this atlas is the fact that each area of the sky has a double page devoted to it, one page being a photograph of the night sky and the other page being a "negative" version of the same area with black stars on a white background, such as you would find in a star atlas, with coordinates and constellation outlines as well.
I think this book could be used in conjunction with a conventional star atlas to give the user a general idea of what the night sky actually looks like, which is something you cannot get from a typical star atlas.
I personally like the book as it is like having a dark night sky at your fingertips. I am not sure the book would be a lot of use as a primary star atlas as it does not give a great deal of information on the "atlas" pages, but as a photographic record of the whole sky and a addition to a conventional star atlas it is very good.
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