- Series: Deep-sky Companions
- Hardcover: 584 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (May 7, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521837049
- ISBN-13: 978-0521837040
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 2 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,411,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'...many people know of author O'Meara as an eagle-eyed observer and wonderful writer. This book confirms his award-winning reputation. ...With is penchant to observe each object to the fullest, and a flair for creative description, O'Meara provides a great guidebook to these 109 beautiful objects. ...Highly recommended.' - J.R. Kraus, CHOICE
'...packed with detailed information and written in a most approachable style by a highly experienced and skilled visual observer...valuable and enthusiastically told entries for these deep sky marvels will enhance my observing.' - Journal of the British Astronomical Association
'Deep-Sky Companions: Hidden Treasures succeeds on several levels. It provides a well-written and well-researched guide to objects often overlooked by observers. The emphasis on objects accessible to those with modest instruments means it will appeal to most telescope owners and binocular observers. In describing his experiences observing these objectsm Mr O'Meara includes advice on observing techniques that will surely appeal to beginners ... But perhaps of greatest importance is the sense you get, while reading the book, that this is a joyful pursuit.' - Thomas Watson, Cloudy Nights Telescope Reviews
Praise for Deep-Sky Companions: 'Steve O'Meara has done it again. [This book] 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
'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
'... there is no better guide than Stephen O'Meara's book. For each object there is a photograph, a finder chart, basic data, a discussion of what is seen through small telescopes, and some history of telescopic ideas. This is not a treatise on astrophysics, but an observer's guide, a worthy and superior successor to previous attempts.' Stephen P. Maran, Nature
'Steve O'Meara says the purpose of the book is to provide new and experienced observers with a fresh perspective on these objects. He has succeeded brilliantly.' Astronomy Space
'... impressive ... contains careful descriptions of each object, finder maps, telescopic drawings, and photographs. The text is spirited and informed, and the result is a must-have on the bookshelf of deep-sky enthusiasts.' Astronomy Magazine
'... packed with useful advice, historical facts, and interesting anecdotes.' Robert Argyle, The Observatory
'... this is an excellent book and it deserves a place on the bookshelf of both the novice and experienced amateur astronomer.' Journal of the British Astronomical Association
Stephen O'Meara's new and exciting observing guide spotlights an original selection of 109 deep-sky objects that will appeal to sky-watchers worldwide. Stunning photographs and beautiful drawings accompany finder charts and detailed visual descriptions of the objects, which include their rich histories and astrophysical significance.
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Once received, I began reading; from the Preface through the first few objects. I was so delighted with Mr. O'Meara's enthusiastic writing style regards the; objects; the history of how and why he wrote this book, as well as the book's format. I knew I wanted more his work, and immediately ordered his latest volume, "Deep-Sky Companions: The Secret Deep". (It should arrive today)
His generous descriptions in the "...Hidden Treasures" not only contain all the usual data about an object, but he goes on to get me to look closer and see details I never would have thought to even look for. I'm filled with excitement as I greedily read on about the history of this object's discovery, and it's astro physical properties, I can hardly wait to see the object when I'm finished.
This particular volume, "Deep-Sky Companions : Hidden Treasures" also contains a bonus feature...a biography of Caroline Herschel in Appendix A written by : Barbara Wilson. Here, not only her history as an astronomer is revealed, but there is also a modern day discussion of the objects she discovered.
Mr. O'Meara's exciting, passionate writing in these guides are nourishment for me as an amateure astronomer, and I send him a hardy "Thank You" for being willing to share with me, the reader.
I titled this review "Not a companion at the eyepiece," for good reason. It is a lovely book, profusely illustrated, and difficult or impossible to use under dim lighting conditions. In keeping with the previous and subsequent volumes, the text is well written and informational. My use has become limited to planning, and these volumes do provide a wonderful list of things "to do."
Besides being "too nice" to take outside and get all buggered up with dew or having coffee spilled on it, the format simply isn't what I want at my telescope. I really prefer something more utilitarian and larger type font outside at night. The book would have been considerably more useful if the author had separated the finding directions from the background, historical, and scientific comments. The finder charts are, however, a significant improvement over the "Caldwell Objects" and "Messier Objects" volumes previously published by the author.
All quibbles aside, this is a very nice listing of astronomically interesting "want list objects." I normally spend time during the day making my viewing plans for the evening by making a "to do" list, then on notebook pages abstract out the finding information.
Mr. O'Meara writes well, and I always enjoy his books; I can recemmend this one highly, in spite of the few "warts" I have mentioned.
for my observing sessions. Another book by O Meara along the same line is his The Secret Deep. Most of the entries are
not what you may consider "showpieces", but for the somewhat experienced observer many are real gems on their own.
O Meara does go into the arcane facts a bit, but he also includes some very interesting descriptions and background
knowledge of the objects he has viewed personally. He includes over 100 deep-sky objects visible in backyard telescopes
that have not been included in the major sky catalogs. Most all can be seen from mid-northern latitudes. Good references
are a necessity for serious astronomy viewing, and O Mearas books fit right in!
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