- Series: Deep-sky Companions
- Hardcover: 500 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (February 3, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521827965
- ISBN-13: 978-0521827966
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.5 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #957,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Deep-Sky Companions: The Caldwell Objects
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"...a great read" Bob Casgrain, Stardust
"The production values of the book are superb...The Caldwell Objects is strongly recommended to collections with an emphasis on amateur astronomy, and would certainly be appropriate for academic collections supporting astronomy programs that offer courses in deep sky observation." E-STREAMS
"After his brilliant Deep-Sky Companions: The Messier Objects, Steve O'Meara has done it again. Deep-Sky Companions: The Caldwell Objects is a beautifully written, personal guide for observing 109 of the most beautiful objects in the night sky, plus 20 more personally chosen deep-sky treasures. Coupled with O'Meara's own meticulous observations, the rich observational history and current scientific knowledge of each object bring this book to life, and the depth of O'Meara's writing makes it a real gem." David H. Levy, Parade Science Editor and Codiscoverer of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
"Stephen O'Neara's Deep-Sky Companions: The Caldwell Objects is an indispensable guide for anyone who observes the night sky with a quality amateur telescope from a reasonably dark place. Here are tips for viewing - and understanding! - more than one hundred entrancing galaxies, star clusters and nebulae available to the backyard enthusiast. With its wealth of scientific and historical information, and its poetic sensibility, the book gave me immense pleasure even before I left my easy chair." Chet Raymo, Author, 365 Starry Nights and an Intimate Look at the Night Sky
"I think this series will long survive as a great set of observing books." Planetarian, Karl von Ahnen, De Anza College
Carefully compiled by Sir Patrick Moore, the Caldwell Catalog of deep-sky objects covers the entire celestial sphere, highlighting cosmic wonders for observers worldwide. Stephen James O'Meara has tirelessly observed all 109 Caldwell objects. Deep-Sky Companions: The Caldwell Objects presents not only his beautiful sketches and detailed visual descriptions--it discusses each object's rich history and astrophysical significance. The latest data on each object are given, and star charts will lead observers to each object's precise location. This book is co-published with Sky Publishing Corporation.
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An absolutely outstanding to finding, observing, and documenting these beautiful deep sky objects.
The list compiled by Sir Patrick covers a wide variety of objects , as well as a range of difficulty that makes observation of all items on the list a problematic. Many of the objects are found in the skies of the Southern Hemisphere , adding some spice to the already great challenge. Included are some very attractive star clusters , really awesome bright nebulae , distant galaxies , and many "planetary" nebulae.
Author O'Meara has done an excellent job with this second volume of Deep Sky Companions , better that the first ; many of the objects will probably never be seen by many amateur astronomers unwilling or unable to travel to Australia or South America to see the South Circimpolar Caldwell objects , hence my title to this review!
As in the previous volume on the Messier objects , each entry includes a photograph , a sky chart (too small a scale!) , a sketch made by the author at the eyepiece, and an excellent textual description and astrophysical analysis.
This book is definitely a "must own" for every serious backyard observer. It is not without a few flaws : i.e. the scale of the charts being next to useless , and the somewhat over optimistic description of what the average observer might be able to see.
Still worthy of a strong 4 stars. Recommended!