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Celestial Sampler: 60 Small-Scope Tours for Starlit Nights (Stargazing) Paperback – May 1, 2007
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The articles are helpful in that they highlight inconspicuous things to look at, such as random NGC objects, and obscure double stars, while visiting old favorites, like the Messier objects. As such, the book is best suited for beginner-to-intermediate level observers who have tackled the major objects out there (M42, M57, etc.), and are looking for something more to look at.
Each article includes a list of around 5-15 objects, a few photos, and a finder chart that plots all of the objects, with stars down to about mag 7-9. The finder charts closely resemble what you'd find in Sky Atlas 2000.
The text of each star hop briefly describes how best to find each object, and a description of the object itself. Frequently each object is described under multiple apertures, though her 4-inch aperture is her "workhorse" scope, and gets the most descriptions. Each object is listed in bold, so finding a description for something is quick and easy.
Overall, this is an excellent guide to finding some more "off the beaten path" stuff that's out there. Even if you already have the S&T issues in which these articles have been published, the book serves as an excellent field companion, since it is well-printed, and glossy, so dew won't be a problem. Recommended.
In general I find it a very nice book, with good clear charts, nice photos and some drawings. More drawings would have been welcome, as they show better what you actually see at the eyepiece. Reading the book wants you to get out of your chair and observe the marvels described.
One effect of the compilation of individual columns is that there is some overlap: several objects are treated in two or three chapters. This is no handicap, as objects are written in bold and can thus be found easily in the main text.
There is plenty for everybody, whether you are 'just' using binoculars or have a scope small or big.
Last but not least: its really Sue French who wrote this book and should get due credit for it, Richard Fienberg 'only' wrote the foreword.
The book takes you month by month beginning with January`s wintry delights. Each of the objects discussed are illustrated by star charts and photographs clearly identifying each target and how to find it. This includes a chart listing the object, type, magnitude, distance, RA and DEC. The text is a delightful mixture of fact and myth. What you can expect to see is vividly described with various telescopes, apertures and magnification powers and her own personal observations. Whether your interests are in stars, planets, or deep space objects, there is something for everyone to enjoy and learn. I can't wait for her next edition of Celestial Sampler to be published!
Jack Fox, Richmond Astronomical Society
For the past few years, Sue's column has been renamed "Deep Sky Wonders" in honor of an old tradition at Sky & Telescope magazine. Her next compilation will probably be drawn from these, and will feature more targets suitable only for larger scopes. Yet Sue still loves her 4" scope the most, and it still shows even in these later columns.
I really like the sky map presentation and
her referrals to the aperture she is using
Well laid out, and much easier to use without the ads S&T spaces in the monthly articles =-)
Her style, prose, and eagle eye's are unparalled - you'll enjoy this book and her star tours!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Most of the books for amateur astronomers are written for novice in this hobby. This one is written for those already having a telescope and looking for Deep Sky Objects for each... Read morePublished on June 17, 2013 by Zbig (Zbigniew ZEMBATY)
I like this a lot, but it is just a "sampler." It will give you a nice variety of targets to find throughout the year, so it's good for the casual viewer. Read morePublished on May 29, 2013 by SGHunter
As previous reviewers said, this is an excellent book. I like the fact that the maps and texts for each monthly article fit nicely on two pages. Read morePublished on September 23, 2011 by JE
First let me start by saying I like this book. It is easy to read. It is filled with colorful and easy to read charts. It is divided by seasons and months. Read more
Although I subscribe to Sky & Telescope magazine and therefore read the author's monthly "Deep-Sky Wonders" articles, I found that her book covers the celestial objects that I... Read morePublished on April 25, 2010 by Robert Vincent Zelonis
This is a great book. I started on astronomy a few years ago and every night I use my dobsonian telescope my Celestial Sampler goes out with me. Read morePublished on July 1, 2009 by Jonathan_U
This is an excellent beginner's or intermediate's guide for astronomy.
It has very helpful star hopping information as well as information
about the stars/clusters, etc.
This is an excellent text for astronomers who want to know what's up there and were to look for it. The author does an excellent job at walking the reader through the sky and... Read morePublished on October 2, 2008 by Dixon C. Barthel
Sue is actually my aunt (through marriage) and we received a copy of her book as a gift from our grandparents (her parents) before it was even released for sale. Read morePublished on August 27, 2008 by Amazon Customer