Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes and Binoculars Paperback – 1 Aug 2007
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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.
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.
This atlas protects beginners from flood of too much information.
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