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The Cambridge Star Atlas
The Cambridge Star Atlas
by Wil Tirion
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 5 stars, but not the right atlas for me, 24 July 2006
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Ok. Let's get the negative stuff out of the way first. For me, this atlas does not offer sufficient detail as it goes down to mag 6.5 only. Of course, I knew this before I bought it but as a novice I didn't know what "mag 6.5" meant in real terms having not even looked through a scope at the time of purchase.

The above is obviously my fault and I should have bought the correct atlas in the first place.

Despite all this it's a very well drawn and very clear atlas and very useable as a general guide, containing plenty of other good stuff apart from the charts. When I buy a more detailed atlas it will definitely be a Wil Tirion one


Turn Left at Orion: A Hundred Night Sky Objects to See in a Small Telescope - and How to Find Them
Turn Left at Orion: A Hundred Night Sky Objects to See in a Small Telescope - and How to Find Them
by Guy Consolmagno
Edition: Hardcover

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every bit as good as they all say !!, 24 July 2006
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Well, what else is there to say about this book ?

In a nutshell, it transformed me from clueless beginner to starhopper & DSO finder in 2 hours flat. I have a 200mm Newtonian and I find the book perfect for this scope even though it is aimed primarily at users of small scopes. For a novice it beats a straightforward atlas hands down, giving clear step by step hops to each object. There's much more to this book than mere instructions as well. There's very good info on every single object too, so you find something, then read about it at the time you're observing it. Also, having found a number of the "summer" objects at the 1st attempt I'm very happy that I've failed to find some of the objects listed as these will become targets when I'm more practiced, so the book will remain useful for a long time, and probably forever, as the quickest way to re visit favourite objects.


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