I have tied myself into a knot over which atlas to purchase, the new Uranometria or the Great Atlas of the Sky and was hoping to find some advice from you good folks! Please forgive me if this has been addressed, a quick search didn't bring up anything specific.
I currently have:
- SA2K, field and desk versions
- S&T PSA
- 10" Dob, no DSC
Of these, I currently use ST3 to plan and to print need-specific detailed finder charts and the SA2K at the scope. I am fond of computer atlases at home, not so much at the scope.
I am looking to supplement these with an atlas that goes a bit deeper in terms of DSOs and star plots. In my mind, right or wrong, I have related the differences between these two to those between the SA2K and the PSA, of which I greatly prefer the SA2K, i.e. the PSA shows too little of the sky at a glance, imho. However, I have never seen either in person. Is my analogy way off base or minimized in this case?
I know many people have commented that the GAotS is not field friendly, but I wonder if it would be more so if I purchased more protector sheets to enable bringing 7-8 charts to the site at a time. Have any of you found a source for those? I have found that using magnets to hold the SA2000 charts to my scope works great and I planned on using a similar tactic with the GAotS.
The reason I am leaning towards the U2K is that I believe it might be a helpful supplement to, not replacement for, the SA2000.
I wish my funds allowed for both as that is the obvious answer. I am also afraid that if I received the GAotS that I could never bring myself to actually use it due to its reported aesthetic quality. I love books of all kinds and fear I just may have to build a room designed to pay homage to its utter beauty as opposed to getting it all dewy
Sorry to be so long-winded, I guess the root of my indecision is due to my fear that the U2K presents too little of the sky on one page for my tastes and the fact that the GAotS will likely remove much of the spontaneity of observing due to its great size, fragility, and the extra preparations due to same.
Any discussion of these two works would be very helpful. Again, thanks for reading and thanks in advance for any thoughts you may have.