Sky & Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas Spiral-bound – March 30, 2006
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- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Spiral-bound : 110 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1931559317
- ISBN-13 : 978-1931559317
- Dimensions : 6.75 x 0.5 x 9.25 inches
- Publisher : F+W Media; Spi edition (March 30, 2006)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #313,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The construction is well done. The covers are hard and the front cover can wrap behind the back. The spiral binding actually has a little nicer arrangement than the original. The pages are dew resistant -- the paper seems the same as the original. And the graphics are top notch, too -- good choices for fonts, icons, rules. Like any good atlas, the links to neighboring parts of the sky are easily found with cross references in the margin.
If you had to chose only one edition, your two prime decisions factors would be print size and portability. If you need the larger fonts and graphics, the Jumbo is the easy call. Some people care about a small footprint for travel or a flexible cover for aggressive packing more than the print size. They could make a case for the original with its smaller dimensions and flexible cover. If you're deciding which edition to get as a gift, I think most astronomers would appreciate the Jumbo.
BTW, people will tease that the Jumbo shouldn't be called a "pocket atlas". But in all frankness, the original didn't fit into any pockets, either.
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There are two niggles. One is that the pages are made from decent paper but could have been more solid, especially considering the spiral binding (I fear that some pages may make a bid for freedom after some Scottish windy nights). Second, the galaxies are printed in red and will therefore be difficult to identify out in the field using red light.
Just read Jerry Oltion's column in the May 2018 edition of Sky & Telescope where he mentions owning three copies which made me think...good idea, I'll buy the smaller true pocket edition for field use as well.
Stars down to maginitude 7.6 are displayed on 80 main charts. The pages are in colour with significant objects easy to find. Arrows indicate the page number of the next page to check on the sky to the north/east/south/west which makes navigating across the sky simple. I am very pleased with this atlas and I am certain it will help improve my knowledge of the constellations. It is not as detailed as some of the more complex atlases but it is more than adequate for most casual users.