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Treasures of the Southern Sky 2011th Edition

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“‘Treasures of the Southern Sky’ lets on get acquainted not just with the most impressive deep sky objects on could see there, but also with the history of observing the night sky in the southern hemisphere. … The main part of the book is composed of photographs of some of the most amazing objects that can be seen there … . this book is an excellent way to have the southern sky brought home to you.” (Kadri Tinn, AstroMadness.com, November, 2013)

“This book fully lives up to its name. Gendler … have collected more than one hundred photographs of objects in the southern sky--images lush in detail and possessing an engrossing beauty. … A true treasure of a book--one that can be enjoyed by anyone with an eye for beauty and curiosity about astronomy. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries.” (K. D. Fisher, Choice, Vol. 49 (11), August, 2012)

“The book is a pleasure to handle and to look at, and has obviously been produced by enthusiasts to share their own expert awareness, admiration, and appreciation of the treasures to be found in southern skies. … texts accompanying the illustrations are clear and helpful, and anyone interested in a well-chosen and spectacular array of New General Catalogue and Index Catalogue objects will not only enjoy it but also come away with a greater awareness of the amazing events taking place beyond the Solar System.” (Colin Cooke, The Observatory, Vol. 132 (1229), August, 2012)

From the Back Cover

In these pages, the reader can follow the engaging saga of astronomical exploration in the southern hemisphere, in a modern merger of aesthetics, science, and a story of human endeavor. This book is truly a celebration of southern skies.
 Jerry Bonnell, Editor - Astronomy Picture of the Day

The southern sky became accessible to scientific scrutiny only a few centuries ago, after the first European explorers ventured south of the equator. Modern observing and imaging techniques have since revealed what seems like a new Universe, previously hidden below the horizon, a fresh astronomical bounty of beauty and knowledge uniquely different from the northern sky. The authors have crafted a book that brings this hidden Universe to all, regardless of location or latitude.

Treasures of the Southern Sky celebrates the remarkable beauty and richness of the southern sky in words and with world-class imagery. In part, a photographic anthology of deep sky wonders south of the celestial equator, this book also celebrates the human story of southern astronomy with an engaging and detailed history of key contributors to southern sky exploration. The accompanying text provides the reader with intriguing facts and useful information about the featured objects.

The volume is arranged by southern hemisphere season and brings to the printed page many of the most provocative and beautiful astronomical images of our time, many in print for the first time. The collection of imagery covers a full range of deep sky astronomical objects, including the familiar and iconic as well as those that are more obscure but no less intriguing. Masterful, state of the art professional and amateur astrophotography highlights the authors' carefully selected deep sky "treasures."


The beauty and richness of the southern night sky is legendary. From southern latitudes the finest globular clusters in the sky are visible to the unaided eye, as are the nearest galaxies, the Magellanic Clouds. The brightest part of the Milky Way passes overhead during the southern winter and the nearest bright star as well as the legendary asterism known as the Southern Cross are both observable throughout the year.

Despite these stunning highlights, the southern sky has received has received less attention than its northern counterparty, and fewer photographs exist of its lesser known, yet equally stunning and intriguing objects. This visual anthology features striking photographic portraits of the most celebrated to the more obscure southern astronomical objects. Carefully selected world-class images have been assembled using the latest digital methods, revealing these southern gems in ways never before seen.

To provide a context, the pictures capture the sky in variety of scales, from the wide vistas seen through hobby telescopes to the tiny fields relayed in exquisitely rich detail by the powerful optics of the largest professional telescopes, including the Hubbel Space Telescope and ESO's telescopes. The beauty of the night sky is on display in vivid color and dazzling detail. The presentation is further enhanced by a detailed history of southern sky exploration and lucid text that describes the southern night-sky wonders in ways that are engaging and non-technical.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2011 edition (October 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461406277
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461406273
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.8 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By William A. Llano on November 1, 2011
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A beautifully illustrated book, although not what I expected. I would have liked to have seen more objects that are not visible from northern latitudes. NGC 1365 is illustrated, but no photo of the Fornax Galaxy Cluster! I do not consider M17, M16, The Lagoon Nebula and M11 as southern sky objects, since they are seen from most of the northern latitudes. I would like to have seen more galaxy clusters. Is it a must have? Maybe. I might consider "Exploring the Southern Sky" by Lausten, Madsen and West instead.
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Given that it's been almost 25 years since the publication of "Exploring the Southern Sky" and almost 20 years since David Malin's "A view of the Universe", a new coffee table book featuring the southern sky is probably long overdue. There have been many advances in imaging techniques in the last 25 years and quite a few new telescopes, including HST, which often image southern objects.

Treasures of the Southern Sky is the first book about the southern sky that I've seen for a long time and in general it compares well with its illustrious predecessors but I do have one mild complaint which I will get to later.

The book opens with a comprehensive section entitled "The Discovery of the Southern Sky" in which the pioneering work of such people as Halley, Lacaille, Dunlop and Sir John Herschel is described. Not surprisingly, given that two of the authors are famous astrophotographers, there is a good coverage of early photographic efforts. There then follows a series of images of the various southern objects by season, starting with summer. Many of the images are presented in both wide field and narrow angle versions and a good feature is that the frame coverage of the narrow angle shot is marked on the wide field image. Each image is accompanied by the astrophysical explanation for its appearance. One difference with "Exploring the Southern Sky" is that every image is in colour (sometimes narrow band colour) whereas the older book had plenty of black and white. This book also includes some spectacular infrared shots too which would have been impossible 25 years ago. The quality of the images is extremely high and it's easy to see the advances that have been made in 25 years. Finally there is a fairly comprehensive bibliography on books about the southern sky.
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The book by Gendler, Christensen & Malin "Treasures of the Southern Sky" it is very interesting and comprehensive position about Southern Skies for amateur astronomers written by persons who are passionate about stargazing. This subject is not well covered in the literature though in the age of globalization and cheap airlines the need for quality guides in this area is increasing.
Pros.: Well written and very good introduction and notes on the history of observing Southern Skies. Good quality photographs. Good description of the objects.
Cons.: On the one hand, taking into account its contents, this book looks like an observing handbook as all the objects are presented as they appear in the sky, from Summer to Spring. On the other hand one cannot find any (even small) map to help locate these objects. When one chooses to buy this book, soon realizes that this is a heavy album which is not appropriate to be taken for airline journey.
Apart from this, the book by Gendler et al. is very good and worth buying. I must admit however that I still wait for a small airline friendly handbook. Perhaps these Authors can write another book just for a serious amateur travelling down-under.
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