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Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes and Binoculars Paperback – 1 Aug 2007

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4.0 out of 5 stars A LOT OF GOOD INFORMATION IN A FEW PAGES 18 Jan. 2014
By rainguy - Published on Amazon.com
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Most observing guides just tell you where to find certain objects such as Messier and NGC objects, double stars, etc. Most of them by experienced observers using high end Televues or Asto-Physics or Takahashi 'scopes under ink-dark skies. Way too many objects are just not realistic for most of us. Sure, they're where the book tells you they are but you have to just take their word for it.

The virtue of this little book is that it focuses exclusively on what ordinary observers with ordinary telescopes or binoculars observing in ordinary settings under ordinary skies can actually SEE with their modest instruments under a less-than-actually-dark dome. In other words, real world observing targets for real world people.

You could actually concoct a fairly extensive observing program based on this book alone. I like it, and have found it a most useful celestial trail guide.

The only negative, and it's strictly a tertiary one, is that it's only 17 pages, hence a bit pricey in terms of cost-per-page. Hence, a 1-star deduction.

But, so what? It does the job, and does it well.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for binocular and low-power telescope observing 11 Jan. 2011
By C. S. Roy - Published on Amazon.com
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Divides up the sky into north circumpolar, south circumpolar, and six swatches, the same as Norton's, which I favor as an occasional binocular observer, since it is so easy to find the map you need. (Compare 80 maps in Sinnott's Pocket Sky Atlas.) Maps are on the right page with a selection of concise data and descriptions for deep-sky objects facing on the left page. (The maps are half the size of Norton's two-pagers, therefore.)

By itself, I doubt the brief introductory material supplies enough background for a beginner. However, I would highly recommend this light weight little book to a beginner with binoculars or a small telescope as a companion to something like Richard Berry's "Discover the Stars." Berry is the best thing I know of in print to recommend to someone who wants to learn the sky, but his maps are optimized for naked eye observing under good (but not necessarily outstanding) conditions. Chandler's atlas has fainter stars you will need to assist in "hopping" your way to a deep sky object.
5.0 out of 5 stars Protection from information flood. 4 Mar. 2016
By UN HA KIM - Published on Amazon.com
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Very small number of pages.
This atlas protects beginners from flood of too much information.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great companion 9 Mar. 2016
By Jose - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a clear book and a fine guide to night sky. It has suitable deep sky objects for small telescopes and binoculars. At left pages you can read in a table the objects for each constellation, and at the right ones a map with them. A great companion for stargazing and a must-have book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For the amateur with a little experience 8 Mar. 2016
By 12579LSN - Published on Amazon.com
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Great little book. It's very sparse, so it's really for the astronomer who has figured out her or his telescope, and is now ready to start bagging objects and figuring out more of the night sky. Perfect for astronomy parties or just filling out your Messier object list while using your scope in the back yard.
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