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Sky Atlas 2000.0 2ed Desk Edition Map – May 13, 1999

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'Using data from both the Tycho and Hipparcos Catalogues, 81, 312 stars down to magnitude 8.5 are now plotted on 26 charts. This is nearly double the number of the previous version ... The Deluxe Version is spiral-bound and unlaminated. The Field and Desk Versions are available in less expensive unlaminated and unbound format, i.e. loose sheets, or more expensive laminated and spiralbound format ... Sky Atlas 2000.0 is an excellent atlas at a very reasonable price, and is suitable for both beginners and experienced observers.' Gordon Nason, Astronomy and Space

'It is a splendid mid-range atlas.' Ian Genner, Webb Society Quarterly Journal

'... an excellent new edition with changes which are all improvements. Thoroughly recommended for amateurs and I suspect that many professionals will also find it useful.' Cliff Turk, Monthly Notices of the Astronomical Society of South Africa --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

In this Desk Version, the 29 charts show stars and deep-sky objects in black on a white background. The map area is 460 x 330 mm (18 by 13 inches).


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Product Details

  • Map: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (May 13, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521654335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521654333
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 1 x 15.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,740,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I have been interested in stars and especially in star maps for almost all my life. In 1977, at the age of 34, I started working on my first star atlas. Five large maps, showing the whole sky, with stars down to magnitude 6.5. It was published in the book Encyclopedia of Astronomy (edited by Colin Ronan), and later as a separate set of star maps by the British Astronomical Association (B.A.A.). The title: B.A.A. Star Charts 1950.0.
After that, still as a hobby, I started working on Sky Atlas 2000.0, with stars down to magnitude 8.0. After it's publication in 1981 (Sky Publishing Corporation / Cambridge University Press), publishers started asking me to do star maps and star atlases for books and magazines. This resulted in quitting my job as a graphic artist and designer, and starting as a full-time star-map-maker (uranographer) in 1983. Since then I have worked on numerous star maps for atlases, books and magazines.
Over the years a lot of things have changed in the way star maps are created, and in fact in the whole area of graphic arts. My old drawing table is now replaced by an Apple computer. I use several graphic programs, of which Adobe Illustrator (a vector drawing program) is the most important.


On November, 7, 1987 I received the 'Dr. J. van der Bilt-prize'; a reward from the "Nederlandse Vereniging voor Weer en Sterrenkunde", a Dutch organisation for weather and astronomy amateurs.

On September 1, 1993, the Internationale Astronomical Union
named a minor planet (asteroid) after me:
(4648) Tirion = 1931 UE
Discovered 1931 Oct. 18 by K. Reinmuth at Heidelberg. 

Wil Tirion

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Moses on June 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
Wil Tirion is one of the big names in celestial chart making, and this Atlas makes it easy to see why. With stars plotted down to 8th magnitude and just about every deep sky object withing the grasp of a typical amateur telescope, the Sky Atlas will get you through years of deep-sky observing. However, if you have a large telescope (greater than 12 inches or so) or are a more seasoned amateur, you might want to invest in the more detailed Uranometria 2000. Sky Atlas 2000 comes with a clear plastic grid overlay for getting exact coordinates (I wish it were made out of a more durable plastic - mine has grown heavily scotch taped with use). I would recommend coating the pages of the altas with a waterproof map sealant (sold in marine and backpacking stores). Otherwise, frequent soakings by dew will hasten wear and tear on the charts.
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87 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Casey A. Niemiec on June 12, 2000
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I just bought Sky Atlas 2000.0 Deluxe from and wanted to write a review to help other buyers in making the right decision. I couldn't decide between the Spiral bound edition($49.95) or the Deluxe (paperback) edition ($39.95). Both of these sound like one and the same version (except for the names that gives them), and I know that Sky Publishing/Cambridge University Press sells only one Deluxe non-laminated version. But sells these as two different items at two different prices. Still confused, but rather confident, I bought the Deluxe version ($39.95), and it IS the Deluxe version that is sold elsewhere. In other words, DON'T BUY THE $50 VERSION until you contact to see if there is a difference between the two! As far as I know, (and I could be wrong) it is the exact same as the paperback (Deluxe) version, so don't waste your money needlessly! It is color coded with 8.2mm per degree, a maroon colored cover, and spiral-bound foldout charts. I am absolutely thrilled with it, I am amazed at its quality, it's sure to be an invaluable guide for years to come. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! One more note, if you are considering the deluxe laminated version, you should think twice, because you could buy the regular deluxe version and the laminated desk version for the same price (apx $120) as the laminated deluxe! Another option (this is what I've done) is to buy a piece of clear plexigass to cover your charts when outside. This will keep the dew off the front of your charts. And when observing, flip the dew resistant cover over the plexiglass to keep the other charts dry. This is a cheap way of protecting your charts from dew without having them laminated. 6/12/00
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Pickens on November 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
Will Tirion has certainly become our time's best-known and best-selling stellar cartographer. The SkyAtlas 2000 is a work of art, as well as a wonderfully useful tool. I have used it for over a year (the color version) with great enjoyment with both 8x56 binoculars and a 4 inch refractor. As the magnitude limits of my binoculars approach 8 to 8.5 (depending on "seeing" and darkness conditions,) this is a perfect binocular observing tool--it plots stars to magnitude 8.5. I have wished on several occasions that the atlas plotted stars to magnitude 9 or 9.5, so that finding a few of the deep sky objects through the telescope might be easier (especially on higher power and tighter field of view.) There are several computer planetarium programs that accomplish this, allowing custom printable field maps for use at the telescope. Nevertheless, I have found the beauty of the atlas second to none, and simply enjoy scanning its pages with awe--this book was as much a labor of love as a work of accuracy! Hat's off to Tirion and Sinnott for presenting amateur astronomers with a beautiful, accurate, and useful work.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Bill Wiegert on April 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
An atlas is intended as a reference rather than a tutorial device. As such, an atlas is not something one can "learn astronomy" from, or use to gather information about celestial objects. An atlas is quite simply a celestial road map. A tool you can use to plan or plot your way around the night sky. And a good one is a vitally important tool for any serious astronomer - amateur or professional.
There are a few modest atlases available, which are ideally suited for the novice and the beginner. Noteworthy are The Cambridge Star Atlas; The Constellation Guidebook; and The Observer's Sky Atlas. Instructions on how to use them, plus a glossary or lexicon and some rudimentary coaching, (i.e.: - commentary on celestial coordinates and proper motion) distinguish these as "quick references", which are easier for the beginner to grasp, and are handy for advanced users because of their small size and portability.
However, for the serious amateur with a small or medium telescope, the Sky Atlas 2000.0 is absolutely unrivaled as a field reference. In fact, we find it so remarkable, that we've given it "Honorable Mention" status on the Belmont Society's Required Reading list for the amateur astronomer.
We prefer the Deluxe Version, with black stars on a white background. Deep sky objects are color coded, with red ellipses representing galaxies as they appear to our line of sight. The Milky Way dominance is portrayed in varying shades of blue. The handsome "leather-look" burgundy cover is spiral bound - a very stalwart arrangement. The pages are well suited for pencil notes, (ours are chock full) for things like the personal endorsement of a certain eyepiece or filter for a particular object or area. One member notes film types and exposure times.
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