- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1st edition (1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521625564
- ISBN-13: 978-0521625562
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.8 x 11.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,068,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Observing Handbook and Catalogue of Deep-Sky Objects 1st Edition
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"This is a beautifully organized reference tool for the amateur astronomer. The authors have filled a long-standing need for a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to aid in observing deep-sky objects...clearly a labor of love, and the wealth of data provided here make this a must-have volume for the amateur astronomer and the academic astronomy library." E-Streams
A detailed and comprehensive guide to observing the deep sky, this is the most detailed guide available in a single volume. Information and descriptions for more than 2000 galaxies, nebulae and star clusters was meticulously researched and checked for this book, removing the common transcription errors in other catalogues. The objects range from those visible in binoculars to faint galaxies requiring a 30 cm telescope, and most descriptions are given for a range of telescope apertures. An essential reference for telescope users.
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The book is not cheap, but it is well worth it. If you are a hard-core observer, or just a casual observer, this is a great reference source. For years, all I had were Burhams books, and there is a lot missing from them, despite being three volumes. Skiff & Luginbuhl list over 2,000 deep sky objects, most of them visible in small to moderate back yard telescopes.
The book is organized by constellation, and the key objects are listed with concise descriptions. These descriptions (along with a few other references) are usually the basis for our Observer's Challenge each month.
Included are a few photos here and there to help you spot the objects, especially in the crowded galaxy fields. At the end is a listing of all the objects plus an additional list of double stars.
My only beef with the book is that the listing at the end includes some objects that are not obtainable, including some anonymous galaxies, and some with magnitudes in the 16-17 range. I created an observing list in Megastar using their list and found some of the objects not listed, or having a different designation. I also had to filter out anything of magnitude 15.7 or fainter as my 16" scope will never see a galaxy that faint unless power goes out to the entire west coast on a super clear and stable night. Not likely.
If you are a dedicated observer, this book should be a mandatory addition to your library. You will not be disappointed. Highly recommended.