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#1 Michael11

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 05:29 PM

Hello all,

I'd like to share a new PDF atlas I've assembled (even gave it a name this time :o)
http://www.deepskywa...nter-atlas.html

The idea was to make a (relatively) detailed atlas for deep sky observers, with stars plotted down to magnitude 10.2 and deep sky objects down to magnitude 14. It has a clean appearance, without clutter of information, and readable labels which do not overlap stars . There are 101 pages overall which cover entire sky (30x40° double page spreads), and additional 8 pages with 21 detailed supplement charts. Best DSOs are marked with a star symbol (Messier, Herschel400 and Caldwell objects). Also there are two index maps, navigation marks, common names, marked double stars, RA/DEC grid (epoch 2013), constellation lines.

I designed it for A3 portrait printing, at 600dpi in black & white. It looks, however, quite usable on A4 as well (your choice).

This is an example of Scorpius region:
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And this is a part of close Virgo cluster close up chart:
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Some example charts: Chart 9 Appendix 14.

Direct download link of the full version (40MB PDF file),
Or you may find additional download mirrors on my site, including version limited to -60° and -35° degrees of declination.

#2 Edward E

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 09:47 PM

Hi Michael and two thumbs-up for this Atlas. It is a nice body of work and not so encompassing that you "can not see the forest for the trees". Thank you for making this Atlas available to the community. :thewave:

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:11 PM

Love it, thanks for sharing !! :FarmerRon:

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 05:10 AM

Thank you for sharing this atlas and your work on it with us.

Greatly apprecciate your generous effort! :goodjob: :applause:

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 09:10 AM

Michael - thanks for sharing. I was able to download the full version but get a file error when trying to open it.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 09:55 AM

Thanks so much for your hard work and sharing this. Looks like you've really found the sweet spot with this--plenty of DSO's without being overwhelming. Great job!

#7 Michael11

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 03:57 PM

Thanks for your feedback.

I was able to download the full version but get a file error when trying to open it.

I just tried downloading it on a different computer - it works fine for me. Maybe the file got currupted during download. Anyway you can also try downloading from this mirror: https://www.box.com/...1xvuo72p69yo1qr

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 05:28 PM

Michael - Thanks for making this available to us! :whee: I've been looking for something like this to compliment my other hardcopy atlases! Thanks.... :grin:

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:35 AM

Thanks Michael, the mirror site worked

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 09:14 AM

Hi Michael and two thumbs-up for this Atlas. It is a nice body of work and not so encompassing that you "can not see the forest for the trees". Thank you for making this Atlas available to the community. :thewave:


A big +1 !!

Really a nice piece of work, my thanks as well!

#11 Dan Williams

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 09:41 AM


What a beautiful atlas! I love simple and uncluttered, and you have nailed it. (I'm also partial to constellation lines, glad to see them). I am not a DSO hunter, but a Double Star observer. This atlas will be perfect to plot the designations on. Thank you for sharing!

~ Dan

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 10:43 AM

Thanks again for your kind replies :)

(I'm also partial to constellation lines, glad to see them). I am not a DSO hunter, but a Double Star observer.


Actually my older atlas might me more suitable for you, since it is more scaled for A4 paper, and already has separations for "SAC's best doubles" indicated. but it looks slightly more like a "toy".
By the way - can you recommend me a slightly larger list of select double stars? (few hundred of targets) - I might consider designating them in the atlas some time later.

And I also never understood why commercial atlases do not feature constellation lines. It makes it so hard to naviage through pages (especially on multi-page atlas like Uranometria)

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 04:46 PM

Michael,

Thanks for all your work on this. It looks promising!

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 07:52 PM

Beautiful job, Michael!! Thank You!!

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:22 PM

Another great chart resource! Thank you very much Michael! Your efforts are very much appreciated.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 09:00 PM

Michael,

Wow. This atlas looks really nice. I'm going to print a copy (maybe both).

What was the source of your star data?

BTW, the rest of your website is great too; a nice resource.

#17 Michael11

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 12:41 AM

The source is Sky Map pro 10 software. It delivers the most "atlas-like" printouts among any other programs I've used.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 08:58 AM

Michael,
I really like your first version, especially how you included the separation of doubles. At first, I thought it would be nice to include the magnitudes, but then I realized it would clutter the atlas, and you have the sense of the brightness by the magnitude scale anyway.

There is an excel sheet on the internet called WDSPrimaryStars.xls which list the double stars that have a Bayer or Flamsteed designation. I sorted it so that only those which could be viewed by a 90mm telescope were listed.

I have come across several lists of doubles with nice or contrasting colors. I've always wanted to compile a master list of these. I will let you know if I get this finished.

~ Dan

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 11:05 AM

The source is Sky Map pro 10 software. It delivers the most "atlas-like" printouts among any other programs I've used.


Thanks! :grin:

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 05:58 PM

I printed a couple of charts on 11"x17" (92% scaling) and 13"x19" (109% scaling), and they're looking great! Letter size scale is a little cramped for me for field use. Thanks again for the atlas, Michael!

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 12:03 AM

Hi Michael,

This is really a nice atlas. I love it. Thank you so much for making this available.

It will get a lot of use here, guaranteed!

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 04:42 AM

Thanks again for your kind feedback :o

I printed a couple of charts on 11"x17" (92% scaling) and 13"x19" (109% scaling), and they're looking great! Letter size scale is a little cramped for me for field use


I printed the atlas on A4, and gave it a "test drive" today. It is usable (did it for 7 hours under a red light without any problem). However it will definitely look nicer on A3.

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 03:19 PM

I've added a 35 page list of deep sky objects, based on SAC database, formatted for A3 page and sorted by name. They are limited to magnitude 14 (inc. objects without listed magnitude) - which is the same as in atlas. Also there is a limit to declination -60 (which is the same as atlas "north" version). I must admit that there isn't 100% match between this list and all the objects plotted, but it's relatively close :p

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http://www.deepskywa...tlas-object-...

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 03:55 PM

Thanks for of the work you have been doing and a big thanks for making it available... Tony

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 09:50 PM

Michael, Big thanks for beautiful atlas & dso guide. Printed it on A3. Looks nicer than any other atlas i own.

A4 guide has urano atlas page number included. Can you also include such reference column indicating new DSHA A3 atlas page number too in dso list ? Me already halfway through creating messier list by Ctrl+F in the pdf. :pulpdnc: I guess u must be having faster method at ur disposal for exhaustive 7k DSO list. :jump:






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