- Map: 2 pages
- Publisher: David Chandler Co.; Large Plastic 40-50 degree Edition edition (January 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0961320745
- ISBN-13: 978-0961320744
- Package Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.9 x 0.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 175 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Night Sky 40°-50° (Large) 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<br /><br />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<br /><br />Most aficionados now prefer David Chandler's The Night Sky wheel. -- J.T. Westways Magazine --Westways Magazine
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
Most aficionados now prefer David Chandler's The Night Sky wheel. -- J.T. Westways 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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First, this has the best representation of the night sky at your latitude. This is because he makes different versions for different latitudes.
Second, David puts part of the sky on the back (a unique innovation) which results in far less distortion of the constellations.
Third, he doesn't try to put things in the planisphere "in living color" like so many planispheres do. He is a real astonomer and he knows that you don't have color vision in the dark, so he makes his planisphere usable with a dim red light, which is the best thing for preserving your night vision.
So, get this planisphere, a book on astronomy (the Peterson Field Guide to Stars and Planets is great), and a dim red LED light. If you are inclined, top it off with a nice set of binoculars, like the Celestron 8x56 Skymaster. Binoculars are the best aid for your eyes when learning the sky. You'd be amazed the things you can see! Do not bother with higher power binoculars, you can't hold anything over 7x or 8x still enough. And lastly,
DO NOT BUY A TELESCOPE until you know what scope you need, want, and can afford. Join a local astronomy club, go to some "star parties" (night viewing sessions) where others will be quite happy to show you their scopes and share their views. THEN you might understand what scope you should have.
This version is optimized for latitudes between 40 and 50 deg. N. I'm using this at 43 N, and allowing for local differences in horizons (mountains or other features blocking low-angle viewing) the image of the sky it gives is very accurate. The blue-on-white print design is very easy to read when using a flashlight with a red lens. They are well-constructed and should last for a long time, even with heavy use.
The price is very reasonable, and the publisher has versions optimized for different ranges of latitude. For anyone interested in star-gazing or basic astronomy, these are a valuable tool and should be part of the basic tool-kit.
Another thing to note, the horizon of the star finder display how it would on a perfectly flat sphere--it is the "true horizon," if you will. This means that when reading the star finder you will notice that, because of mountains, trees, buildings, light pollution and other obstacles, your "effective horizon" may be higher.
The planisphere is an essential tool, and one that every stargazer must have!
Great guide for beginners and intermediates.