- Hardcover: 370 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (October 27, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521895545
- ISBN-13: 978-0521895545
- Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 1.2 x 12.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,681,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Atlas of the Messier Objects: Highlights of the Deep Sky 1st Edition
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'I received your book and must say that it is absolutely beautiful! You have created an amazing review of the Messier objects. Congratulations on a breathtaking publication!' - Phil Harrington, author of Star Ware and Touring the Universe through Binoculars
'Ronald Stoyan's Atlas of the Messier Objects should be required reading for amateur astronomers. Its impressive content, textually and visually, makes it a definitive work on the catalog and its objects. Extensive discussions of the catalog's formulation, history, and meaning precede a stunning gallery of all the objects along with nearly exhaustive historical, astrophysical, and observational discussions for each object. Numerous high-quality photographs and eyepiece drawings accompany the text. This book should be on the shelf of every observer, and deserves wide distribution in the United States market.' - David Eicher, Editor-in-Chief, Astronomy
'Atlas of the Messier Objects is more comprehensive, detailed, and beautiful than any other book showcasing the objects cataloged by Charles Messier. The art of observing is practiced as much with the mind as with the eye, and this book gathers into one volume diverse aspects that both enrich the experience and serve as a valuable reference. No other book does such a masterful job of gathering all that is fascinating about the Messier objects and weaving it into a book that is both so enlightening and handsome.' - Susan French, author of Celestial Sampler: 60 Small-scope Tours for Starlit Nights
'Everything a book should be. Beautifully published on excellent paper and very comprehensive. Certainly the most comprehensive book on the Messier objects that has been written to date.' - Stewart Moore, Director, Deep Sky section, British Astronomical Association
"Not another book about Messier's catalog' you might think. This would be completely wrong as you have never seen one like this. Simply put, this is EXTREMELY complete! Why have you never seen a book like this? Well, imagine the result merging books such as The Messier Album from Mallas & Kreimer, The Messier Objects by O'Meara, Messier's Nebulae and Star Clusters by Glyn Jones. 'A glorious chaotic mess' would you argue? Certainly not. The authors have put all this together in good shape, with a very clear presentation in order to produce an innovative book, easy to read or just to browse." - Yann Pothier, Editor of French Deep Sky Observer's magazine Ciel Extreme
"The subtitle of this book is 'Highlights Of The Deep Sky', but it might as well be 'Everything you want to know about Messier and his catalogue' because it is amazingly comprehensive. The full-plate photographs are truly magnificent. There are also excellent drawings made by Stoyan ... this book is worth every penny--and more. There have been many Messier books, but in my view this is the best I have ever seen." - Sir Patrick Moore, Sky at Night Magazine
"It would probably be worth buying the book just for the pictures alone, but this masterful volume is a must for any astronomer. If this book doesn't make you want to get out there and observe the wonderful Messier objects then nothing will." - Mark Armstrong, Astronomy Now
"This atlas should be in the library of any astronomer, amateur or professional, and any library with scientific collections." - Mark A. Wilson, American Reference Books Annual
"There are several good books that cover Charles Messier's famous catalog of Deep Sky objects, but none are as beautiful or comprehensive as this spectacular volume from Cambridge University Press. ... Ronald Stoyan and his colleagues are to be congratulated for putting together a most beautiful and helpful volume on Messier and his catalog, one that all Deep Sky enthusiasts will wish to own, and which is unlikely to be surpassed for many years." - Nick Hewitt, Journal of the British Astronomical Association
"...a fresh perspective of the most popular catalog of astronomical targets in the sky ... All 110 targets are illustrated with beautiful color photographs taken by today's best European (mostly German) astrophotographers...." Sky and Telescope
This stunning atlas presents a complete account of each of the 110 Messier objects, with information on their history, astrophysical significance, and detailed observational descriptions. Illustrated with the finest color astrophotos, historical sketches and deep sky drawings - this is a must-have reference for observers of all ages and abilities!
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This book is a monumental achievement in many ways. The level of scholarship is very high. The author clearly knows his stuff and has done his research thoroughly. I enjoyed in particular reading about Charles Messier's life and the historical context in which he lived his life and carried out his discoveries. Also insightful were mention of his many contemporaries and peers.
The separate listings of Messier objects is very well organized- I especially like the well-written "Astrophysics" sections that explain in sufficient detail each object. The author always informs, and never talks over or down at you. It is a rare ability and one that works well for a book that is targeted towards a wide audience.
The photos and sketches are well done. Kind of a nice synthesis of Kenneth Glyn Jones' and O'Meara's individually superb books on the Messier objects. The author keeps focus pretty much on the objects, and avoids tangents into surrounding IC and NGC objects.
All in all, a very well produced book and one definitely for my collection.
I own at least 5 other books on the Messier objects and this one does not disappoint.
There are better Messier options for observers and historians, but this book is a real visual feast with some interesting info thrown
into the mix.
Highly recommended to Messierphiles.
I have two other Messier books: "The Messier Album" by Mallas and Kreimer, and "The Messier Objects" by O'Meara. Both of these books are useful, especially for visual observers, but Stoyan's book is in a class by itself.
Experience the Messier Objects in whole new way, starting with the history of "Charles Messier" the comet hunter [if I may call him that], old Paris, historical publications from the archives, and of course the 110 Messier Objects. The book reads like a little adventure of astronomical history which is quiet enjoyable and refreshing, its not a mere list and co-ordinates but a passion building exercise that gets you eager to read about each fascinating object and go find it for your self and relive the moment. Nothing feels as wonderful and exhilarating than being able to relive history and view it with you own eye(s) or telescope.
How about the objects? Each "Messier Object" gets it moment of glory with little "Bullet Notes" about its Coordinates, Constellation Magnitude and few others; but then comes the "History", "Astrophysics" and "Observation" and some nice drawing of how the object visually looks and a Good Quality Image.
So is this the ultimate book? There is still space for improvement, let take for example my favourite object "M16 - Eagle Nebula", I would expect a Map showing the Constellation Serpents with the key stars and Co-ordinates and the location of the Eagle Nebula highlighted clearly. The included map is too small and may not be practical for locating objects, but rather to give you a broad idea where its located. It would be nice to have a little "Eyepiece" view at different magnifications of how the Nebula will look for the Amateur observer using an average telescope on a typical night, but that is missing. Oh, the drawing of the Nebula is good and gives you a clear idea of how the object will eventually look once you locate it, and the High Quality Images are superb, but I would argue that we all have a nice Star Atlas that shows all of these objects and a few books on how to locate and zoom in on a specific object using its co-ordinates, GOTO or proximity to other stars and objects.
I love the book; and I'm torn between giving it 4 or 5 stars. I guess I got so hooked on this book that I want other books to have the same quality as this book does while keeping the door open for improvements.
Hand in hand with a Sky Atlas you have a historical adventure ahead of you!! Enjoy!!