- Series: Deep-Sky Companions
- Hardcover: 498 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (August 15, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521198763
- ISBN-13: 978-0521198769
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.1 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #758,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"O'Meara is an exceptionally talented observer, and he shares for most objects the equipment he used and his notes on how the object appeared to him. He also distills the astrophysical literature with the care one would expect from a veteran columnist, and provides the reader with both a historical view of his targets' importance to the field and the most recent results on their unique nature. The book will be most useful as a cover-to-cover read as well." -C. Palma, CHOICE
"Observers up for some new challenges will enjoy the detailed descriptions and background information for each of the 109." - Terence Dickinson, SkyNews, November/December 2012
Stephen James O'Meara presents 109 new objects for stargazers to observe. Each object is accompanied by beautiful photographs and sketches, original finder charts, visual histories and up-to-date astrophysical information to enrich the observing experience. Featuring many exceptional objects, this is an essential guide for any deep-sky observer.
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I gave this particular work only 4 stars...not for any lack in Mr. O'Meara's writing skills, but the object selection is tending towards "lame," to use a phrase from my young son. The number of interesting astronomical objects capable of being dredged up in a small (in this case a 5" refractor)telescope is reaching a point of diminishing return, especially if one does not have the pristine skies of the island of Hawaii! That said, I have observed numerous objects listed in the book. Some of the open star clusters aren't what one would call "spectacular" to say the least, but the selection of planetary nebulae and globular clusters is wonderful. I've viewed many of these on my own over the past 10 years.
The format is excellent, and the finding directions...adequate. These are not easy astronomical objects to find and observe in many cases. That said, I would still recommend the purchase of this volume by any serious backyard astronomer. It's always nice to have new horizons to follow, and many of the listed objects have been added to my "to do" list. For those without pristine skies, a larger aperture telescope would be nearly a "must."
I like to get background information to complement my observing list of deep-sky objects, and O Mearas books deal with
many in my list. It is not meant to be a book you just sit down and read, but as reference material it is in my opinion
A wonderful addition Deep to the Sky Companion Series of books, and to observing guides in general!