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Deep Sky Observer's Guide Paperback – March 5, 2005
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For both novice and experienced amateurs... very informative and handy to use... perfect gifts for any amateur astronomer. (Duncan Class Pulsar)
Summing Up: Recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates. (S.H. Schimmrich Choice)
About the Author
Neil Bone is a frequent lecturer for astronomical societies.
Wil Tirion is the world's foremost celestial cartographer.
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Veteran amateur astronomer from Scotland, the late Neil Bone, presents us with a book aimed at fellow amateur astronomers.
Bone presents what are called "deep sky objects" - celestial objects that are outside the Solar System - based on what can be observed with a medium-sized amateur telescope (no more than 6in in diameter).
This guide divides the objects into categories: nebula, globular clusters, open clusters, multiple stars, and galaxies. It even covers dark nebula. The division is perfect, as each of these objects requires a different approach in observing, including whether you need to go to a dark-sky site or not, if you need a nebula filter or not, and if you really need a monster scope or not. The objects are not limited to the popular "Messier" list, but do include all Messier objects.
Each object receives a review of up to several paragraphs, including tips locating the object, to tips on viewing the object best. One can use these summaries to efficiently plan an evening of observation. They are all cross-referenced to sky maps at the end of the book.
Several objects are illustrated with detailed, color photos from astronomical observatories, high-level amateurs, and even from the Hubble space telescope. However, many objects also have an "eyepiece" view, which shows how the object will look in real-life to someone viewing it through an eyepiece.
In addition, there are several summary tables of the objects using different reference points: a list according to the object's Messier number, a list of objects by season, and by constellation. Each of these tables includes a reference to the main description of the object in addition to its location on the specific sky map.
I cannot sing enough praises for this book. In addition to its lists, the book provides a short, but comprehensive background on the equipment needed for deep-sky observing, some professional terms, and even some history.
And oh, it covers the *whole* sky, including the southern sky. Fair dinkum, mates.
There are several reasons to recommend this book. First, books on this subject are sparse which limits one, choices. Next. this is a very good book. It contains a lot of info concerning deep space objects in a small package. I particular like the author's use of lists. He nicely list objects visible in different areas and different season. He then points out what he considers to be the "best" objects for observation. He even touches on the best type of equipment for observing galaxies, clusters, etc.
One thing is certain, this book can fill a "gap" in many a personal library. Not only does it do so, but is does so in a very nice manner.
I believe the auther seems to have done what he set out to do; provide a nice guide for viewing deep space objects.