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Guide to the Stars Map – January 15, 2013
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''. . . friendly style invites beginning stargazers to relax, follow the chart's easy to use instructions and slowly begin the fascinating task of finding the constellations. . .'' --Arizona Daily Sun, September 14, 2000
''A jumbo star wheel. The largest commercial planisphere we've seen in recent years. . . skywatchers will find useful information on the Moon, planets, meteor showers and selected deep-sky objects.'' --Sky & Telescope, November 2000
''Add stars, constellations, and sprinkle on lots of fun astronomical facts for beginners and you have the main ingredients for a 16-inch planisphere...'' --Astronomy magazine, November 2000
About the Author
Ken Graun is author of six star charts and the popular astronomy books, What's Out Tonight?, Touring the Universe and The Next Step: Finding and Viewing Messier's Objects. His children's books include Our Earth and the Solar System, Our Constellations and their Stars and Our Galaxy and the Universe.
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Does not dial like The Night Sky map in pic but that is not a problem, the laminate cover moves over the map. The font on map is bold making it easier for me to read.
Guide to the Stars map is good for latitude 30° to 60° northern Hemisphere (north of equator). I googled my City's latitude to make sure it would work.
The backside supplies info on your first nights out; Telescope & Binocular Object Notes; Tickle of Mythology; The Moon; Meteor Showers dates; The Planets; Celestial Tidbits. Note: The planets are not charted because they move through the constellations but it does have the ecliptic path of Sun Moon & Planets on the map. I have a Night Sky app on my phone and helps me Identify the planets. Chart Notes provide Constellation names in uppercase with names of stars in italics, and identifies Clusters, Nebulas, Galaxies, Globular Clusters, and Planetary Nebulas.
Ordered Guide to the Stars map, The Night Sky map, and a Red LED flashlight - arrived in one box. Guide to the Stars was curved to make it fit and arrived undamaged. Later ordered Eyeskey waterproof compass.
Enjoy your voyage to the stars and beyond...
Easy to read. Many details and features. The basic details/facts on the front and the back are a good set of informative facts for beginners.
The only "problem" I have is that it could be a little smaller! (not really that bad).
I have in fact put a finishing nail in my wall and "hung" this by its center ring as kind of "artwork" (my wife wouldn't call it that) that I can take down and actually use. I suppose if you were so "Pinterested" you could make some kind of picture frame with background color/pattern/texture to offset the bold colors and make a nice wall feature which you would actually have a use for.
IMO, this is MUCH better for beginners than the "two-sided" planetspheres. I find those two sided models to be confusing as one is flipping back and forth. I do own one of those too, for what that's worth. I wish, however, that I had bought this one FIRST.