- Spiral-bound: 95 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 4 edition (March 7, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521173639
- ISBN-13: 978-1858059006
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.3 x 11.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cambridge Star Atlas 4th Edition
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This classic star atlas is ideal for both beginning astronomers and more experienced observers worldwide. As well as showing the stars, clusters and galaxies visible with binoculars or a small telescope, this fourth edition contains a new Moon map and enhanced charts.
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the overall plan is excellent -- an accurate chart and gazetteer of the moon, a clear explanation of altazimuth, equatorial and galactic coordinate systems, monthly full sky maps and handsome mollweide projection maps of clusters, galaxies and nebulae in the galactic coordinate system. (these are similar to the all sky charts deleted from the paperback edition of luginbuhl & skiff's "observering handbook".)
but the star charts have simply been photoreduced too far: the "sky atlas 2000" plots the whole sky across 26 charts at about 3 degrees per inch; the "cambridge atlas" uses just 20 charts, at 8 degrees to the inch. squinting at these delicate, crowded and detailed sky maps is like trying to read any other star atlas from four feet away.
the chart labels are in a font that is very small and almost impossible to read: you may need a magnifying glass to use the charts in daylight, and they are uninterpretable with a red light flashlight when observing at night. the facing page of each chart lists varible stars, double stars, globular clusters, open clusters, bright nebulae, planetary nebulae and galaxies (as appropriate), but these lists are also in a delicate 9 point font that most books would reserve for footnotes. difficult to use, this atlas was a real disappointment.