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ISBN-10: 1107015014
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"Here is an exceptional deep-sky armchair and field book for amateur astronomers. Not only do you get an interesting selection of deep-sky objects, but the added bonus of well-researched, in-depth background information for each object too ... This book certainly has something for everyone."
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Book Description

This fresh list of 120 deep-sky objects for southern hemisphere stargazers includes many exceptional objects catalogued by James Dunlop. Each is accompanied by beautiful images, finder charts, and a lucid commentary. Whether you live in the south or are just visiting, this guidebook will be an invaluable partner.
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Product Details

  • Series: Deep-Sky Companions
  • Hardcover: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (April 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107015014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107015012
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,388,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Darren Wong on March 19, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I have been an avid followed of Stephen's works, be in his books (I have his entire Deep Sky Companions Series Hardcover Books and have read them from front to back numerous times), or his articles in Astronomy magazine, and have even communicated with him via e mail. My love affair with his books began with his first tome, The Messier Objects. Much like me, Stephen is a visual observer and spends an inordinate number of hours at the eyepiece perfecting his craft, learning new tricks to bring objects out with breathing techniques (which he discusses in his books) and using different magnifications to capture "the mind's eye" view of deep sky objects. He also happen's to cap his scope size to 4", using the TV Genesis in the first few books, and then in the last two (this included) a 5" TV Refractor, so what he sees is perfectly visible in small'ish amateur scopes (bear in mind Stephen has a very trained eye, and observes from one of the darkest sky sites in the world in Hawaii). He also goes in depth and gives a historical overview of the objects, compiles the latest astrophysical information about the objects, as well as giving us his whimsical take on how the objects look through the eyepiece (which makes excellent reading on cloudy nights!!!!!). His latest work is no different in that aspect. I have even taken to giving nicknames to some of the object as Stephen did! My only gripe about his latest work is that some of these "Southern Gems" have already been covered in detail in his other book, the Caldwell Objects. Those objects share the same sketch and an updated version of the text. So I would definately recommend this book, but maybe in an electronic version (as I did..I purchased the electronic version instead of the print version).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Luis Argerich on July 23, 2013
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It is hard to find a book as good as this one. First things first this is an excellent reference book about wonderful objects in the southern skies. It will give you coordinates, magnitude, a photo, sketch, a map and finder charts. No detail is missing from what you would expect as all the references needed to observe or photograph the target.
But beyond that the book is also a fantastic read with detailed astronomical and historical information about each object. You can take the book to bed and read a story and great information about one object each night.
A fantastic book that I'm very happy to have.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By akaboras on September 15, 2013
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Not a lot of material on the subject matter. Well written. My complaints are that the wide field finder charts are rather small and buried in the back. The detailed finder charts are also rather small. The appendix in the back to record field notes is useless: spaced to close together and no ruled lines to organize your comments. But still a valuable addition to the library.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephane Mandelert on June 8, 2014
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Some of the most knows are missing and there is no continuous list of them in any part of the book in case you want to make a selection of what you are looking for.
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