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Sky Atlas 2000.0 Companion: Descriptions and Data for All 2,700 Star Clusters, Nebulae, and Galaxies Shown in Sky Atlas 2000.0 Paperback – 1 Aug 2009

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sky & Telescope; 2nd edition (1 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0933346956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0933346956
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 21.6 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Sky Atlas 2000.0 Companion, 2nd Edition This essential astronomical reference features an alphabetical listing of every deep-sky object plotted in "Sky Atlas 2000.0, Second Edition." The main section describes each star cluster, nebula, and galaxy with cross-references to chart numbers, while a chart-by-chart listing provides coordinates, object types, constellations, and apparent magnitudes. Full description

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Very disappointed in this book. Very poor use of page space, bad layout and structure - eg "Hubble (Galaxy) Class" is typed in full every time it's used, rather than being part of the header info for the object, where its position would tell one what it referred to anyway. References are made, variations of: "Per NGC, a (!!!) most remarkable object", which are lifted from some NGC dataset without attribution or explanation. I've no idea why they put them in, as they're repeated in a couple of permutations here and there, enough to show that they've been copied from somewhere, but without any further description or explanation, rendering them a complete waste of space. "Million light years" are given always as "million ly", a small example, but again a poor use of space. On the other hand, we find coded info eg Trumpler type for open clusters, V-V class for planetary nebulae, Shapley class for globulars, with no explanation as to what these mean. If we trawl through the introduction chapter, we do finally learn what they are, but TO FIND OUT WHAT THE CLASSES AND OTHER INFO ACTUALLY MEAN YOU HAVE TO BUY ANOTHER BOOK, ie the "Sky Catalogue 2000.0 Vol 2". I could go on, but this is a vastly shoddy book, poorly indexed, lazily compiled and of little use to amateur astronomers. Moreover, it's pretentiously and deceptively presented, seemingly designed to impress novices in particular with pointless references to classes and categories which mean nothing until you shell out even more money ($100+ paperback, $300+ hardback) to get a book that tells you what they mean. To see how a book of this type could have - SHOULD HAVE - been done, on any basis you like to define - layout, accessibility, structure, whatever - have a look at Mark Bratton's "Complete Guide to the Herschel Objects". I won't be buying anything by Strong or Sinnott again.
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New to astronomy very informative once I learnt how to use the data in conjunction with the 2000 star atlas . An excellent reference guide but you will need the star atlas as well .both books will serve well for a long time .you do need serval star atlas as each book seems to cover different ideas on presenting the information .cambridge star atlas very good and the Collins sky guide for the constellations very useful
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 12 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting complement to Sky Atlas 2000.0 2nd ed. 21 Dec. 2014
By Jonathon York - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent complement to Tirion & Sinnott's Sky Atlas 2000.0. I had the Sky Atlas 2nd ed. for about 10 years before running across this companion, and it has been a worthy addition to my amateur astronomy library. If you have Tirion & Sinnott's Sky Atlas, I highly recommend this volume. If you do not, it not be useful; after all, it is a companion book and as such depends on the Sky Atlas 2000.0 2nd ed. for its references.
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5.0 out of 5 stars essential, minimal key to sky atlas 2000 28 Aug. 2010
By drollere - Published on Amazon.com
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other reviewers have drilled down on details of this book's contents, so i'll limit myself to a few dissents. the book is essentially an alphabetical directory of all the marked deep sky objects in the sky atlas 2000, about a dozen items listed on each page. given for each item is its type (galaxy, open cluster, planetary nebula, globular cluster, etc.), constellation, precise celestial coordinates, angular size, visual magnitude and the sky atlas 2000 chart(s) where it is found, followed by a brief description that includes for example its physical size, number of stars, distance in light years, and (for galaxies) the hubble type.

this book is designed to be used directly alongside the sky atlas; it's not a stand alone reference. one reviewer complained about the cross referencing system: this is based on the sky atlas 2000 labeling with an implicit preference ordering (explained in the introduction, page ix). thus, the same object is labeled NGC3587, M97, The Owl Nebula on chart 2 of the sky atlas, but you must look under "owl nebula" to find its entry in the companion -- proper names are given precedence over catalog numbers and, among catalogs, the messier number takes precedence over the NGC number. (caldwell numbers are not used in the sky atlas but are cross referenced to their NGC or other number in the companion.) the same reviewer complained that there was no named star list but this is already given in the sky atlas index, along with the messier list and a list of constellations. and while the book is not spiral bound and does not lie flat for pages near the front or back covers, spiral bindings often chafe, crimp or tear pages if you try to turn pages too quickly, which isn't very friendly in a lookup reference.

for me, the big lapse in this book is its failure to elucidate the catalogs referred to. what exactly does NGC, or C, or B, or Pal, or IC, J, E, vdB, UGC, SL, SH, Ru or PK refer to? who compiled the lists, and when, and why, and what objects do they contain, and how many? just "NGC" without a number would serve as the perfect place to insert a brief description of this huge list and how it was compiled from 18th and 19th century observations, and "IC" could explain why this supplemental catalog was necessary. the catalogs are not even identified in the bibliography: instead, bare denotations ("B is for Barnard") are buried in the text without further comment.
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful during the actual viewing sessions 3 Feb. 2017
By Grey Wulff - Published on Amazon.com
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A complete list of objects corresponding to the objects covered in the SkyAtlas 2000.0 but for me a little disappointing relating to the level of detail on each object. I was hoping for something interesting to read between viewing sessions - this book is much more useful during the actual viewing session or during session planning. If you want a work that brings objects to life then Burnham's Celestial Handbook is the way to go. Trouble is in three volumes its not ideal for a field trip.
3.0 out of 5 stars Does not include named stars or double stars 12 April 2016
By Mark R - Published on Amazon.com
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I just received this companion book for the 2000 Star Atlas. While it is great for deep sky objects, I can't understand why they could not have also included some tables for the named stars and selected double stars. I was hoping I could work with just the atlas and this book and now I need at least one more star catalogue or field guide when I am out observing if I want position coordinates for stars or separation info for double stars. Honestly had I known that I would not have bought this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Guide 9 April 2011
By Carol - Published on Amazon.com
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The Sky Atlas Companion is helpful in that you can quickly find all the deep sky objects related to an area of the chart you are observing. The book is set up in alphabetical order, with a small detailed description of each item. At the back of the book, there is an index to reference the objects by the map number. I think it will help me make sure I won't miss anything while I'm observing. Very worthwhile.
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