- Spiral-bound: 136 pages
- Publisher: F+W; Spi edition (29 Jan. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1940038251
- ISBN-13: 978-1940038254
- Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.8 x 30.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 560,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sky & Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas Jumbo Edition Spiral-bound – 29 Jan 2016
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About the Author
Roger Sinnott is a senior contributing editor of Sky & Telescope magazine. He coauthored the two-volume Sky Catalogue 2000.0. In 1997, he collaborated with Michael Perryman of the European Space Agency on the Millennium Star Atlas, the most detailed all-sky atlas of its time. Minor planet 3706 Sinnott is named in Roger’s honor.
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When I found out about this jumbo edition,I quickly decided to buy it as a 'Library copy.
The layout of the charts seems easier to use, to me at least,than some other Star Atlas that are currently avaiable.
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When the Jumbo Edition arrived I found the EXACT same charts. Just larger...slightly. Each page is 8 3/8 x 11 3/4, with margins between 1/2" to 1 1/4". The chart size was 6 1/2 x 10 1/8. So they stretched the chart about an 1 1/2" side to side, and about 2 1/4" up and down. The Jumbo Edition had a hard cover, which I fear will get nasty after a few wet nights at the dark site. The rest of the pages appear to be the same water resistant pages as the other Sky Atlas, but they feel slightly different to the touch, so I guess time will tell if they hold up. The rest of the book is almost exactly the same, the words Jumbo Edition appear on each page, the publication dates changed, and the Sky & Telescope logo is printed on a page. They did add a few more Close-Up Charts. Today it goes from A to D, The jumbo edition goes to J. These extra close-up charts are of the Large Magellanic Cloud, which is wasted on those of us in north, but it also includes the Cone and Rosette, Big Dipper Bowl, Lion's Tail, Sky near Deneb, Steam from Teapot and Scorpion's Tail, which are all objects that can be seen by those of us in the Northern Hemisphere.
If your eyes get tired quicker than in your youth and you desire slightly larger print, this might help. If you haven't yet bought a pocket sky atlas, this might be a good addition to your inventory (if the hard cover and pages don't deteriorate the first time they get wet). If you already own a pocket sky atlas and are happy with it, and have no problems reading it, then I would not consider the jumbo edition a needed upgrade.
This will probably join me in my back yard where I get way less dew, but I might use it sparingly at my dark site until I know it can survive some moisture.
Clear Skies Everyone!
The construction is well done. The covers are hard and the front cover can wrap behind the back. The spiral binding actually has a little nicer arrangement than the original. The pages are dew resistant -- the paper seems the same as the original. And the graphics are top notch, too -- good choices for fonts, icons, rules. Like any good atlas, the links to neighboring parts of the sky are easily found with cross references in the margin.
If you had to chose only one edition, your two prime decisions factors would be print size and portability. If you need the larger fonts and graphics, the Jumbo is the easy call. Some people care about a small footprint for travel or a flexible cover for aggressive packing more than the print size. They could make a case for the original with its smaller dimensions and flexible cover. If you're deciding which edition to get as a gift, I think most astronomers would appreciate the Jumbo.
BTW, people will tease that the Jumbo shouldn't be called a "pocket atlas". But in all frankness, the original didn't fit into any pockets, either.
If you are a new to astronomy and don't like to take a laptop to your viewing site, this book is a valuable resource for under $30. It contains 80 charts of the sky, plus an additional 10 "close-up" charts of commonly-viewed areas like Orion and the Pleiades. There are more than 30,000 stars and 1,500 deep sky objects (DSOs) on the charts, which seems a perfect blend of detail without being overwhelming.
The book has several nice touches, like a spiral binding that allows the book to be held open with one page (useful while navigating the stars) and a star sizing chart on the inside cover.
Amateur astronomers spend hundreds of dollars (or thousands) on eyepieces and heating strips and many thousands on mounts and scopes; here is a resource for $25-30 that will teach you about the wonders of the heavens.
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