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The Night Sky 40°-50° (Large) Star Finder Map – January 1, 1998

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Chandler's planisphere is the finest available. -- Terence Dickinson, astronomy textbook author, in SkyNews Magazine --Terence Dickinson<br /><br />I think The Night Sky is the finest and easiest to use star finding aid in existence. -- Jack Horkheimer, TV's Star Hustler --Jack Horkheimer<br /><br />Most aficionados now prefer David Chandler's The Night Sky wheel. -- J.T. Westways Magazine --Westways Magazine

I think The Night Sky is the finest and easiest to use star finding aid in existence. -- Jack Horkheimer, TV's Star Hustler --Jack Horkheimer

Most aficionados now prefer David Chandler's The Night Sky wheel. -- J.T. Westways Magazine --Westways Magazine

From the Publisher

The Night Sky comes in two sizes: Large (8 inch diameter) and Small (5 inch diameter). The large size is best for learning the constellations. The small size is best as a pocket reference to tell you what constellations are up if you are already reasonably familiar with the constellations. In each size the charts are available for different latitude zones.

To find the correct size and latitude zone, use the following ISBN numbers in your Amazon.com search:

The Night Sky 50°-60° (Large), 1891938088 (Small), 1891938096

The Night Sky 40°-50° (Large), 0961320745 (Small), 1891938010

The Night Sky 30°-40° (Large), 0961320753 (Small), 1891938029

The Night Sky 20°-30° (Large), 0961320761 (Small), 1891938037

The Night Sky Southern Hemisphere (Large), 0961320737 (Small), 1891938002

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Product Details

  • Map: 2 pages
  • Publisher: David Chandler Co.; Large Plastic 40-50 degree Edition edition (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961320745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961320744
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Paul S. Hardersen on August 17, 2005
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Chandler's star chart is a classic that is functional, easy-to-use, and valuable for people just learning the night sky. Its main features are its large size and lamination -- important as summer evening dew inevitably turns most paper products saggy. This is recommended for people desiring to learn their way around the night sky and build an understanding of the universe.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By meh99 on December 31, 2003
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Although a planisphere is usually meant for beginners, it is a quick and easy way for even experienced observers to see "what's up" at a given day and time without firing up the computer.
The difference with this one, which I quite like, is the "low distortion" idea - it better represents what the eye sees, which is particularly useful when learning the constellations.
My only complaint - I wish the South facing view was the larger, as there are more interesting things to see in that direction.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 19, 2005
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This is a truly helpful map of the skies for anyone interested in backyard astronomy. It is very legible, easy to see at night. I am a beginner and was able to find most of the constellations shown. Very durable as well.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By K. Preston on December 2, 2011
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I'm always on the look out for unique gifts. I bought this as part of a gift for an outdoors person. I bought the chart, a foldable hammock, and a stargazing flashlight. (all on amazon for under $70). I thought the chart was neat, so I tested it out myself. I know nothing about stars or star charts and I figured out how to work this chart in under 5 minutes. I identified 4 constellations within 15 minutes in my front yard (pretty well lit area). I also think this would be a great, inexpensive gift for a curious or scientifically minded teenager (maybe paired with a book about constellations or horosopes) or a camper.

The chart comes packaged flat, but it does curl very slightly when removed, it is laminated and seems sturdy, also the chart turns around easily, but doesn't fall out of place, ie once you set it to the correct date and time is doesn't move around from normal jostling. Overall, a unique and fun gift for the intellectually curious or nature lovers.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Richard Randall on January 7, 2009
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This planisphere is the most user-friendly I have used. It is well constructed of durable material, and, unlike some, is double-sided, this permitting more detail on each side.

The stars, displayed as black dots on a white background, are shown as larger or smaller according to their apparent magnitude, the usual astronomical convention. The names of the various objects shown are acceptably legible. Obviously, copious detail cannot be shown on discs of this size, but Chandler's planisphere provides a satisfactoy depiction of the night sky and is quick to use.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Hans Krimm on May 30, 2008
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This is a very useful device for anyone interested in viewing the constellations. It is easy to use and much more versatile than star charts printed in magazines or newspapers since it can be used at any time of year. The star field rotates to match the sky at any time and date. Also like the rugged plastic construction, so that it is very sturdy. Only wish that Amazon stocked the 30-40 degree latitude version since this one is slightly too far north for my needs. Good price. Good value.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bobcrunch on September 15, 2003
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Even though the Night Sky chart is primarily of use to novices, intermediate and advanced viewers will find it useful for planning a night's viewing activity, primarily determining what objects are visible at what time. This kind of information is not easy to get directly from star charts. With a customized, time ordered checklist and a computerized telescope (plus good conditions), it's easily possible to view over 100 objects in a few hours.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Blackwell on May 8, 2006
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New to learning the skies, this has helped me greatly. Its really simple to setup and is small and sturdy enough to fit right inside my eyepiece case. A must have.
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