Uranometria 2000.0: Deep Sky Atlas, Vol. 1: The Northern Hemisphere to -6 Degrees 2nd Edition
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Imagine opening a road atlas to a two-page spread of, say, the State of Montana and finding the eastern and western halves reversed. In place of one state, you have two disjointed halves.
Ridiculous, you say?
Of course. But, believe it or not, that's the way the first edition presented its two-page chart spreads. Also, the page to page seqencing was utterly counterintuitive. The problems come from the sequencing of the charts in order of ascending right ascension (for more details, see my review of the previous edition).
When the second edition of Uranometria came out in 2001, the compilers were wise enough to correct the fault and sequence in descending right ascension. Uranometria is, finally, a practical work for advanced astronomers with large telescopes. The first edition? Don't even take it as a gift.
Uranometria vs the Millennium? You would not go wrong with either one. The paperback Millennium shows four times as many stars to magnitude 11, but some reviewers have commented that it shows fewer deep-sky objects. Whether true or not, the added precision of Millennium is definitely attractive, especially considering the small price difference between the two: $116 vs $100. Let's see if Uranometria answers with a softcover edition.
Uranometria, like Millennium, works nicely in combination with Sky & Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas. Use the Pocket for quick basic finding and Uranometria for going deep in pursuit of the challenging stuff.
2.26 close-up charts(to magnitude 11) are fantastic!
3.The open book lays flat and the paper is tough.
So Uranometria 2000.0 or the Millennium Star Atlas?
My answer is you need to buy Uranometria 2000.0 FIRST.
Because it has its volume 3 that tabulates data of all the deep-sky objects plotted in volume 1&2.
And for a decade Uranometria 2000.0 had been the only choice for advanced amateurs AND astronomy writers. When you refer to several most popular guidebooks on the market, you will see the text match Uranometria 2000.0 VERY WELL.
Btw you need volume 2 too.
Sure you know Orion standing athwart the celestial equator(volume 1 covers the northern hemisphere to -6), which means even Orion's "feet" are in volume 2.