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The Night Sky 40°-50° (Large) Star Finder Map – January 1, 1998
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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
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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
Top Customer Reviews
The difference with this one, which I quite like, is the "low distortion" idea - it better represents what the eye sees, which is particularly useful when learning the constellations.
My only complaint - I wish the South facing view was the larger, as there are more interesting things to see in that direction.
The chart comes packaged flat, but it does curl very slightly when removed, it is laminated and seems sturdy, also the chart turns around easily, but doesn't fall out of place, ie once you set it to the correct date and time is doesn't move around from normal jostling. Overall, a unique and fun gift for the intellectually curious or nature lovers.
The stars, displayed as black dots on a white background, are shown as larger or smaller according to their apparent magnitude, the usual astronomical convention. The names of the various objects shown are acceptably legible. Obviously, copious detail cannot be shown on discs of this size, but Chandler's planisphere provides a satisfactoy depiction of the night sky and is quick to use.
I thought this would be a good handy single replacement to carry around but fitting all the constellations, with labels of the constellations, bright stars and messier objects into an 8 inch disc is not a good idea. Practically I find it difficult to see the small lettering and graphics without straining, in the dim red light of my flash light. If you are indoors at the table and using it, everything looks good but its not the same in the field where the chart appears tiny. The dial with the Months and the time stamps are useful and easy to use but the size and scale of the chart defeats the pros.
I downloaded Stellarium on my phone and iPad which is far more powerful, cheaper and practical to use in the field. For a paper alternative, I will stick to my letter size split maps.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoy looking at the night sky. This is great to help me understand what I'm seeing.Published 14 days ago by Shirley
Bought this planisphere to go along with an astronomy class I was taking. Works well to help an amateur stargazer identify the constellations. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
I've always been interested in the night sky and as part of a navigation department in the navy, I used to help the senior Quartermasters prepare a star chat for night navigational... Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Yuill
Excellent guide. You can use it to find local sidereal time, too. Thank you.Published 1 month ago by dabellm3
I've been using this for several months now, and find it very useful for finding the main constellations and brightest stars. Read morePublished 1 month ago by lizzzi