The Night Sky 50°-60° (Small) Star Finder Map – January 1, 2001
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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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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
- Publisher : David Chandler Company; Small Plastic 50-60 degrees N Edition (January 1, 2001)
- Language : English
- Map : 2 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1891938096
- ISBN-13 : 978-1891938092
- Item Weight : 0.8 ounces
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The bad news is a Small size was delivered, not the Large size as promoted in the product description, and even listed in the Product Details, and even shown on an Amazon sticker on the back of the package, that covered the company's product number. Shame. The difference in price is $7.25 for the Small, verses $11.95 for the Large. As described by Amazon, the difference in package dimensions is 6.3 x 5 x 0.1 inch for the Small, verses 11.4 x 8.4 x 0.2 inch for the Large. The product website shows 6.25 × 5 × .15 inch for the Small size, verses 10 × 8.5 × .15 inch for the Large. Each are approximately equivalent in size to their respective package. The size difference is obvious in your hand. The Small is actually called a "pocket size", while the Large will fit in a backpack or briefcase. The reason I'm going to this extent is if this is your first Star Finder purchase, you may be satisfied, while not knowing the difference. Unless you have perfect eye sight, I recommend the Large.
At least the returns location, Kohl's, gives me a 25% coupon every time I return something from Amazon, which is less rare today than in the past. Don't get me wrong, I Love Amazon. It has changed by shopping life, probably yours too. I'm happy with Amazon services most all the time. I'll change this review out of respect to David Chandler when future reviews start to show a change in product description. I'll be watching...
Some planispheres glow in the dark (briefly) but this one is made of high reflective plastic that will allow you to read it easily under red light (better for preserving your night vision). Using my planisphere I discovered that the Southern Cross, the constellation of Centaurus, and Alpha Centauri are all visible from my home.
I strongly suggest finding a very dark but SAFE location to use your planisphere on a clear night. The less light pollution, the better, and the more fun your experience will be. By using your planisphere you will reconnect with the knowledge of the Ancients, who used the stars as a history book, a calendar, a clock, an almanac, and a method of divining the future.
Almost like someone slipped the wrong star wheel into the thing, or I am really stupid at how to use this? Why is this so different from the online charts?
Edit: Belay my first attempt at a review, turns out I had no idea how to properly use the device. It is not like a starchart that I had been printing out. If there is a glitch with this product, it is that it does not come with a simple tutorial on how to use a planisphere. After months of staring at starcharts, I was thinking this was just a nice laminated version. Wrong.
Now, let me tell you something that very few people know and that I only learned the hard way. Planispheres are constructed for specific latitudes. This one covers a band from 20 to 30 degrees north latitude. It is useful in Florida where I live as well as Texas. It would be of limited use for someone in oh, say Virginia and none at all in Massachusetts. There you would need a planisphere for 30 to 40 degrees north latitude. It is a very important distinction. So, if you decide to buy one, first find out the latitude where you live (you can find it on the Wikipedia page for your home state), then order the specific one for that latitude. It will save you a lot of headaches later
I would have liked a small pamphlet/book to accompany this with some quick instructions, etc. As seemingly easy to use and user friendly, I still have quite a few questions on its application. :o/