- Spiral-bound: 264 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Desk ed. edition (February 9, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1107503388
- ISBN-13: 978-1107503380
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 1 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Co-authors Ronald Stoyan and Stephan Schurig have created a masterpiece - an atlas that not only plots thousands of stars and deep sky objects but also, through symbols and color codes and shading, shows their visibility through telescopes of various apertures. A perfect marriage between star atlas and observing guide, the interstellarum Deep Sky Atlas is a must-have for the serious amateur astronomer."
Glenn Chaple, Astronomy magazine columnist
"Unusual features of the atlas include marking up dark nebulae, something often overlooked on modern star atlases, and marking up many deep sky objects by popular name as well as their common catalogue numbers. The fine detail charts of many areas of sky including common Abell clusters is also a nice touch. Another nice touch is the use of the visibility criteria calculated from the software Eye and Telescope which gives you some idea of what you may be able to see. Overall I think this is the best addition to the deeper sky atlases that has come out in a long time and will certainly be a major part of my observing kit from now on."
Owen Brazell, Galaxies Section Director, The Webb Society
"Some people think that the time of the large, printed sky atlas is over. This is due to the great success of planetarium programs with all their digital features. Indeed, the paper versions get rarer, but this does not diminish their value. They are still essential, both for preparing an observing session and at the telescope. So the new interstellarum Deep Sky Atlas is much appreciated. This is mainly due to its sophisticated concept and perfect production. The atlas is both comprehensive and practical. It offers a complete set of deep-sky objects, chosen by the concept of observability. The presentation is excellent. The atlas will be a helpful companion - at day and night. The interstellarum Deep Sky Atlas is a must for every observer - against all digital temptations."
Wolfgang Steinicke, Nebulae and Clusters Section Director, The Webb Society
"Ronald Stoyan and Stephan Schurig have accomplished something new with the interstellarum Deep Sky Atlas. The concept is simple. Items are colored according to their brightness. The fainter the color, the more difficult the object is to observe visually. The front of the atlas gives rankings for 4", 8", 12" and larger telescopes, so given your instrument, you have immediate access to a quick reference of available targets. Physically the size is quite handy. With stellar magnitudes dropping to around 11, the maps are detailed enough to find objects visually, but not so detailed that one is overwhelmed by the field. Additionally, the individual maps are not so large as to be unwieldy in the field. Concerns that the colors would be hard to differentiate under a red flashlight were unfounded. It's not the specific color that matters but the intensity. It's not often that an atlas brings something new to the table, but this one has managed it."
Tom Trusock, Head Forum Administrator, cloudynights.com
"... if you enjoy a detailed, well-thought-out paper atlas, I urge you to consider the interstellarum Deep Sky Atlas. It combines all the best attributes of the three most popular atlases already available in our hobby, all the while eliminating many negatives. It's compact and lightweight. It has a substantial number of objects and catalogs plotted, and it's geared towards observers of all levels. It brings a novel method of categorizing deep-sky objects that proves quite effective ..."
Dragan Nikin, Astronomy Technology Today
This revolutionary deep sky atlas, designed with the practical observer in mind, shows all deep sky objects according to their actual telescopic visibility, in 4-, 8- and 12-inch telescopes. Spiral-bound and printed in color on dew-resistant paper, this innovative atlas is the ideal companion for amateur observers of all levels.
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Although computerized star atlases are fast replacing their paper predecessors, there is still a place for a printed star atlas, which is why the German language version of this one sold out in Europe.
It seems to have just the right amount of detail, includes constellation lines, which I find very helpful, spiral bound, so will lay flat when open, or you can even fold it back on itself so it only takes up the space of one open page. None of the color codes are in red, so they will all show up under a red light (if you elect to take it outdoors, although there is a field edition for that use). There is a bit of overlap between the pages making it easier to follow from one page to the connecting page.
Deep sky objects are shaded according to how visible they should appear in various aperture telescopes - 4 inch, 8 inch, 12 inch, and greater than 12 inch. I would take these classifications with a grain (or two) of salt. The author states that the classifications are based on what can be seen under a reasonably dark rural sky. For example, the California Nebula, NGC 1499, is shown as visible in a 4 inch telescope. Perhaps. Yet in consulting the "Night Sky Observer's Guide Volume 1" it states that NGC 1499, even for 8 to 10 inch scopes, "...is very disappointing and difficult to detect visually." (There is not even an entry for 4 to 6 inch scopes, as there is for other deep sky objects when appropriate).
This is not to say that the classification provided by this Atlas is not valuable. It is, and it is the first time a star atlas has provided any such aid for deep sky objects. I am just saying that it is always wise to consult another source when in doubt.
The Atlas has numerous other useful features as well. A number of nebulas have a small symbol attached which indicates which filter you should use for best viewing. The size of the deep sky object is proportional to the visual size of the object in the sky. Double stars are indicated by symbols showing the separation, position angle, and magnitude (brightness) difference between the two stars. All of this is valuable information for observers. A reviewer in one of the astronomy forums went out with the atlas for a night of observations and found all of the double stars that he checked to be correct in the Atlas.
So, without a doubt, the very best star atlas to become available in years. Highly recommended.
As I write this review the Sky & Telescope Pocket Sky Atlas Jumbo Edition sits next to my copy of Interstellarum's Deep Sky Atlas: Field Edition. The S&T book, for the price, has very similar star charts and I think for those of you looking for a more affordable option you might want to consider saving well over $100 on something less pricey. Does S&T's book have the same depth of information? No but for those of you wanting decent charts you can view with a red light in the field then there are more affordable options. If you want a really detailed deep sky atlas that covers a lot more then Interstellarum's DSA is what you want. I use the book both inside for detailed planning so my nights outdoors are used efficiently. I do feel that both books provide anyone really good information in a nice, easy to use format. I will also say that the water resistant print of DSA is much nicer and will certainly last longer than S&T's cheaper alternative.
So again great item I just feel it is a bit over priced. I would have gladly shelled out half the cost but regardless I'm still very pleased with it. I would also encourage you to go to their website and see the couple example star charts so you know what to expect.
It has been more pleasing to me looking at star charts on paper than trying to use star-map type apps on the phone or iPad when not actively looking at the sky. I can't imagine needing a more sophisticated star atlas at my level and from the looks of the more comprehensive on the market (and there are only a few) this was the most pleasing to look at and the most current.