- Paperback: 2 pages
- Publisher: Philip's (9 May 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 054008817X
- ISBN-13: 978-0540088171
- Product Dimensions: 30.7 x 0.8 x 31.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (289 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Philip's Planisphere: Northern 51.5 Degrees - British Isles, Northern Europe Northern USA and Canada (Philip's Astronomy) Paperback – 9 May 2005
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"The Planisphere is a really useful bit of kit... You effectively have a map of every night sky constellation." --Astronomer Mark Thompson on BBC Stargazing LIVE --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Turn the disc to reveal the stars visible from your location on any night of the year.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
I prefer the Planisphere to the laptop version as it doesn't run out of batteries, crash or damage easily. I wouldn't be without it.
It comes with full instructions on its use, so you can have a quick look at it and be out inspecting the night sky in only a few minutes.
It also explains how to find the major planets (Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn), sunrise and sunset as well as the positions of the constellations, season by season. Luckily, many of these instructions can be found on the back of the Planisphere itself (along with a Key to map symbols) so that you can always flip it over if you get stuck.
The Planisphere itself is sturdy, flexible and laminated so it won't be affected by wet surfaces - which is useful if you find yourself outside and there's a change in the weather. This makes it superior to any cardboard version.
I recieved my first Planisphere at the age of ten, and I still buy updated versions every few years, simply because they are useful for locating the major planets (it covers their positions, month by month for ten years). Those who have just started stargazing will find the Planisphere a useful tool.
I have been out several times now and have rediscovered some of the things my father showed me as a child in our back garden as well as discovering so many new things. The instructions are easy to understand and once you get the hang of dialing in the date and time it gives a fascinating glimpse into the worlds beyond our own.
It does have it's drawbacks though, hence I gave it only the 4 Stars (Ha! Ha! no pun intended).
It is a little awkward holding it over your head, neck/arm ache etc. but I have found a combination of holding it up and getting your bearings then placing it down to look again works well. As long as you remember where the compass points are when you bring it the other way up. Actually taking a compass with you is a good idea and I have made good use of an inexpensive map readers compass.
You really do need to have some light to read it by and of course white light from an ordinary torch will ruin your eyes adjustment to the dark ("Dark Adaption") which takes around 30mins to be properly effective. You really need a "red" light source as this does not compromise the dark adaption as much. Of course hand held torches also restrict the number of things you can hold properly too unless you want to try holding one in you mouth (as I did on my first night out) and find yourself dribbling and drooling as you crane you neck, hold your Planisphere up and aim the beam so you can read it. I found a really good headtorch for less than £10 which switches from 2 white LED's to 1 red LED and have been very pleased with it.Read more ›
It is very easy to use and can also be explained to kids. I have used it in the West of Ireland and Southern England to remind myself of the night sky I was so fascinated by as a teenager.
Has the planets locations on the back.For use in UK latitudes.
The added bonus is the table of planets, (Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn). You can work out the rough position of these by referring to the Right Ascension (degrees round the edge of the planisphere) for the planet and seeing where it crosses the ecliptic (the sun's path through the sky).
It is rather like a slide rule in comparison to a calculator; you simply 'dial up' two values (date and time) and read off the information you need. And it doesn't need batteries!
Take outside with a red torch (a rear cycle light is as good as any), Collins Gem - Stars, a pair of binoculars, and you're well away!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this, on cloudy nights when i cannot stargaze i sit playing with it, and when the clouds part It is part of my astronomy kitPublished 1 month ago by Peter S
OK for the price, but you need a magnifying glass to read anything, its about the size of an old LP but theres so much information fitted on it everything has to be tinyPublished 1 month ago by Paul h
delivered quickly does the job its the second one I have bought over the years it is a great map of the sky.Published 2 months ago by keith r
A super and a very clever way to find the stars at a pinpoint in time. You can also track some planets across the night sky. Excellent product.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The visible sky section is rather too small for easy usagePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer