another haul today! incl 'Secret Deep'
Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:51 PM
As with the other two (Deep Sky Companion Series), this one has it's own personality and qualifications for object membership. I'll say more after a lot more quality time with it.
As always, I'm interested in what others here think of it.
Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:55 PM
Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:10 AM
How do you like "The Secret Deep"?
Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:58 AM
I like browsing in bookstores very much. In fact it is my only shopping thing i guess. ...ok and telescopesstores.
I like the Deepsky companions series a lot. Hoewever, the Messier book is the most book used book. Hidden Tressures and the Secret Deep are a little less used but also excellent to read.
To me, it is still a big lost for S&T that Stephen is not part of it anymore...
Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:43 AM
I like O'Meara's Secret Deep and Hidden Treasures. I prefer Hidden Treasures, but not really sure why. I have not read either book cover to cover--just flip around here and there.
From all of the favorable comments, I am sure that I will like his Messier book.
Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:05 PM
I prefer the DSO series because of the hand drawings in addition to photos. I like them all. I initially used the M objects and broke the binding at M45. Since the Caldwell objects were harder to find I broke that binding (in the cold and all the pages fell out, so I bought a replacement. I liked the hidden treasures object list better than the Caldwell one, but did not like the heaviness and length of the book, to much to read while observing. Secret deep resorted to computer images vs. his excellent hand drawn images, but his object selection was just as good, and weight was about same as Caldwell book.
I take all his DSO series books everytime I observe, as well as S&T laminated Messier and Caldwell 8x10" object charts (and wish they had HT and SD charts as well). Peennington's Messier Marathon is also a great Messier finder book with hand drawn images (but sequenced for March/April's Messier Marathon, so I put tabs sticking out of the pages in M numbered order.
Just got an amazon update that my pre-ordered "Southern Treasures" the next in the series is not expected to be shipped till April. I wond with this one, if O'Meara will have covered all of the H400 in detail (and if so then maybe he will combine all into a detailed H400 version).