- Paperback: 165 pages
- Publisher: Springer; 3rd edition (September 5, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0387485376
- ISBN-13: 978-0387485379
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"the most informative little sky guide in the business."
"The more experienced observer will find this slim volume useful at the telescope and packed with interesting observing projects."
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
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Unfortunately, the paperback copy of this book that I received from Amazon had several substantial errors, although both my copy and the library copy state they are the Third Edition. (I did notice the library copy states "Printed in the United States of America" on the very last page, while my copy from Amazon says "Lightning Source UK Ltd, Milton Keynes UK".)
Substantial errors I've noticed in my copy from Amazon: 1) The "Key to the Star Charts", which is supposed to be on pages 164-165, is missing -- these pages are blank in my version (they are present in the library version as color charts), and without this key it is much less convenient to use the book. 2) The charts for E1 on page 53 are incorrect, as they are just a duplicate of the charts for E2 on page 55, which is extremely annoying (the E1 charts are correct in the library version). 3) The NP chart on page 23 has a mixture of German and English,and part of the Stellar Diameters chart and the finder charts are obscured by the English (also not a problem in the library copy which only has English).
In addition, while the library copy was printed on glossy paper, the Amazon version is printed on non-glossy paper, and the general quality of the printing seems less sharp, has less contrast, and some annoying white stripes in the photos at the end on the book. The printing is not so bad as to be unusable, just noticeable worse than in the library copy, especially on the star charts and photos. The type also seems to be slightly smaller in the Amazon copy, making it a little less easy to read.
Also, it would be nice if the book were spiral-bound, so that it would lie flat and be easier to use while observing (though I knew this in advance, the library copy was also a standard paperback binding).
All in all, this is still an extremely useful little book, and luckily I'll be able to make photo copies of the missing pages from the library copy, so that my copy will be complete. Hopefully these errors will be corrected in future printings!
For observing with large binos and 4-5 inch telescopes, the level of detail on the inset maps is exactly right for star hopping, and I appreciate the extra information provided on whether I'm likely to see an object (which of course also depends on sky conditions). This book is the first one I grab when I'm out in the field. My observing buddies think I have some sort of secret power because I can find things so fast - but that's just down to how easy the maps in this book are to use.
There is one wish I have for this book: Please publish a spiral-bound edition (preferably laminated) as that would make it an even better field guide!
I am a fan of minimalism, and good, old-fashioned star-hopping. I don't want the complication of electronic guide devices, nor do I want to carry tons of stuff to the field. I still need a map to find my way among the stars, however. This handy star atlas bridges the gap between those which offer _almost_ enough detail to star-hop, and the large (and expensive!) star atlases. Plus, the size is absolutely the handiest imaginable: a true pocket-sized reference that lacks nothing.
The third edition features a very nice addition: photos of many of the deep sky objects
Buy two. Keep an intact volume at home for planning, and one to remove the pertinent pages for use at night at the telescope or binoculars.