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The Night Sky 30°-40° (Small) Star Finder Map – January 1, 1998
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Chandler's planisphere is the finest available. -- Terence Dickinson, astronomy textbook author, in SkyNews Magazine --Terence Dickinson
I think The Night Sky is the finest and easiest to use star finding aid in existence. -- Jack Horkheimer, TV's Star Hustler --Jack Horkheimer
Chandler's planisphere is the finest available. -- Terence Dickinson, astronomy textbook author, in SkyNews Magazine --Westways Magazine
From the Publisher
The Night Sky comes in two sizes: Large (8 inch diameter) and Small (5 inch diameter). The large size is best for learning the constellations. The small size is best as a pocket reference to tell you what constellations are up if you are already reasonably familiar with the constellations. In each size the charts are available for different latitude zones.
To find the correct size and latitude zone, use the following ISBN numbers in your Amazon.com search:
The Night Sky 50°-60° (Large), 1891938088 (Small), 1891938096
The Night Sky 40°-50° (Large), 0961320745 (Small), 1891938010
The Night Sky 30°-40° (Large), 0961320753 (Small), 1891938029
The Night Sky 20°-30° (Large), 0961320761 (Small), 1891938037
The Night Sky Southern Hemisphere (Large), 0961320737 (Small), 1891938002
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Top Customer Reviews
After trying several planispheres, my advice is to get one like this. It has dark dots & print against a white background, which is much easier to read! White dots & print against a black background just don't make it!
One complaint: it includes constellation "stick figures", which don't help star identification, since the "stick figures" don't appear in the sky. But most planispheres include this so-called feature. Also, it only labels the top 20 or so brightest stars. Even in my city location I can see the 48th brightest star in the sky. Drop the "stick figures" and add more star names!
But you probably can't do better than this planisphere. Combine it with Dominic Ford's In-The-Sky Online Interactive Planetarium, and you're set!
The Night Sky planisphere is made of very durable, quality plastic. The wheel is covered by clear plastic to help prevent dirt clogging up the works. It also comes in a pliable plastic case that can be reused for safe storage. It's clear and easy to read, and made to be use with a red light during night viewings.
It is missing a few major sites, none of which immediately spring to mind, but it's probably for the best as to reduce clutter on the map. I bought Sky & Telescope magazine's Pocket Sky Atlas along with the Night Sky for extra detail. I almost always use them together. Either I'll use the Night Sky to find an interesting area of stars above me and look up the details of it in the Sky Atlas, or I'll browse the Sky Atlas for interesting features and use the Night Sky to actually find it above me.
I would recommend this to others interested in astronomy. :)
I still take this out every night I go star gazing or pull out the large telescope. I may never outgrow the need to keep this handy.
Nonetheless I am giving this one a 5-star rating because it doesn't seem fair to give a negative review for an item just because the title is a bit misleading. It seems great "for what it is", but it's too small with not enough detail for what I'm looking for. I think the 16" "Guide to the Stars" will be a better choice for me, and maybe for you too.
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