- 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 x 0.3 x 11.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cambridge Star Atlas 4th Edition
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"Every backyard astronomer needs a sixth-magnitude star atlas. Many subtle improvements have elevated this atlas to must-have status. Tirion is the practical star-atlas master ... Unqualified highest rating: a full five out of five stars"- Terence Dickinson, SkyNews magazine
"an excellent expansion of his previous works...this new edition will be useful to the amateur stargazer. An easy-to-use, readable resource for students and amateurs. Highly recommended." - CHOICE
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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Since I feel the cons out weigh the pros in this case I will list them first.
Cons: Although I like the way the charts are organized and the paper stock to be what I expected, I was surprised at the low quality of printing. When compared to the much smaller format Sky & Telescope Pocket Star Atlas the lower quality of the Cambridge Atlas becomes sadly apparent. Further the introductory Seasonal Sky Maps and Messier Object Charts are printed on blue backgrounds that show up as black under an observers red flashlight when using the charts in the field, thereby rendering them almost useless unless you consult them prior to your observing session.
Pros: As I mentioned above, the organization of the charts by Right Ascension and Declination is good. The Stars are plotted down to magnitude 6.5, which is more than sufficient for visual use when trying to orient yourself in the sky. The spiral-bound book opens and lays flat so you can easily lay it out on a observation table freeing both hands for flashlight, binoculars, etc. It even folds completely over reasonably well without damage to the spiral binding.
Wish list: I would have liked to see the brighter stars (mag. 2.0 or brighter) listed by their names in each chart's index along with all of the other listings, but I guess there is only so much room on a page. Lacking that, bold type for the names within the sky chart itself would have been nice. It would make it so much easier to find these important stars as they are used for the alignment of modern computerized GoTo telescopes when setting up for a pleasant observing evening under the stars.
If you have a larger telescope, from 6" to 8", then avoid this one. It falls short of the other Cambridge star atlas suite that has more detail and fainter stars.