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#1 Michael Rapp

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 10:21 AM

Looks like it is now finally shipping from S&T! I ordered mine on 3/21 and got a tracking number today!

#2 fred1871

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 08:57 PM

Seems likely it's a reprint, no changes indicated - advt for it in my email today, and at ~$23 US (discounted). So it remains the affordable guide to many of the best doubles, pole to pole. :cool:

#3 Michael Rapp

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 09:03 PM

I also noticed its the soft cover edition. (Was this book ever hardcover?)

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 03:13 AM

No, there was only ever the softcover.

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 09:23 AM

It's a fun book, Michael.

I use it for short after-work-before-bed-weeknight sessions. I pick a well placed constellation and work my way down Sissy's list, observing (or at least attempting) each double that the instrument can potentially resolve.

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 05:05 PM

Just ordered my copy. I think I'll do the same technique, Jim.

- Bob

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 06:30 PM

I use Sissy's Book along with my .pdf version of the "Cambridge Double Star Atlas" to do my planning. Wish they would come out with a reprint of the Double Star Atlas. Would love to have a Spiral Bound version! :)

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#8 John Miele

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 06:37 PM

Thanks for the notice. I just ordered it too!

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 07:18 PM

Cambridge Univ. Press are apparently now looking at the possibility of a new edition of the Cambridge Double Star Atlas - printed version - despite saying some months ago that it was not going to happen. I'm reasonably optimistic that it will come back in print - perhaps with some of the improvements suggested in discussions here. I'm not part of CUP but I have provided some input on the matter, as I think a few others here also have done.

We'll just have to wait and see what they decide.

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 07:46 PM

Thanks for the update, Fred. It's a great observing aid IMHO... :)

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 09:23 AM

I got my copy Saturday.  Now if the forest fire smoke would clear I could go out and check some doubles.



#12 Marco Prunotto

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 12:01 PM

Sorry, what's the title of the new book?

#13 Michael Rapp

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 01:38 PM

The book is Double Stars for Small Telescopes: More Than 2,100 Stellar Gems for Backyard Observers.



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 04:54 AM

But this is the old one....

is there a new one from her?

 

 

The book is Double Stars for Small Telescopes: More Than 2,100 Stellar Gems for Backyard Observers.



#15 Michael Rapp

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 08:55 PM

This is a reprint of her 2006 book.  It is not a new book.

 

I received it today and.... The print quality is not exactly what I've expected over the years from S&T.  In fact, the book isn't really published by S&T.  It has the F+W logo on the back (F+W is the company that now owns S&T).

 

The first 10 pages are fine....but the text of the main catalog is a little fuzzy.  In fact, the constellation headings are in a speckled light-gray.  I mean, it doesn't look like its been xeroxed, but looks like it was scanned as an image and reprinted.  It's just missing the sharpness of the other text.  Was the original printing also like this?

 

Also, was there any color at all in the interior pages of the original printing?



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 05:57 AM

I don't remember any color in the origional book.

 

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 08:05 AM

I actually may have been mistaken (and unfair to S&T/F+W).  I went up to my office this morning and realized that the books that I thought were published by S&T (Starlist 2000, for example) were not published by S&T!  So, the first printing may be identical to what I have.

 

I have a heavy-paper bias living in a high dew area, so I wish everything was printed on the weight of say, the Pocket Sky Atlas.  :D

 

I can see why so many like this book.  The tables of stars are great and very convenient.  The descriptions are perfect for giving you an idea of what stars you'd like to go for.  And Sissy's colors are fantastic.  I'm sure I'm not the only one who has Googled a few in an effort to find out to what hue she was talking about.  :)



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Posted 14 August 2014 - 11:34 PM

I got my copy in the mail today. Copyright 2006, Sky Publishing Corporation, Published by Sky & Telescope Media. I'm very impressed. It's done very well, good quality, and is an excellent resource.

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 12:23 AM

Hummmm... My old copy says copyright 2008. No color. Clean print job. The best because it is organized by constellation--everything should be.

 

Dark skies.

 

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 07:49 AM

Had my copy for a couple of years. It's a 2008 as well ....



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Posted 17 August 2014 - 09:59 AM

Had my copy for a couple of years. It's a 2008 as well ....

 

Mine is definitely a new book and a 2006 copyright. Were there any changes with the 2008, or was it just a reprint?

 

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 10:42 AM

Last night I decided to take my new Sissy Haas book out for a spin. The transparency was 8/10 and the seeing was 6/10 on Pickering. I was using my 80mm Mayflower on a Losmandy GM-8 with Gemini 1. Observations were made with a 5mm Type 6 Nagler with TFOV of 20.5’ and a magnification of 240X. The GoTo’s were putting the objects in the FOV of the eyepiece each time, so it promised to be a good night.

 

Delta Cyg was split this evening with both a 9mm and 5mm Nagler, the B star right on the diffraction ring but clearly visible. I hadn’t seen it this easily in quite a few sessions.
Since I was in Cygnus, I decided to observe the first 16 doubles mentioned in the Cygnus section in her “Double Stars for small telescopes”.  Such fun! Her descriptions are excellent and fun to read. I’m using her magnitudes, separation and PA, but will be also checking with other sources later today. I would read her descriptions after observing the double and doing my own drawings. I found it much more fun to compare that way.  Some of my favorites for the night (not including Delta Cyg):


Σ2624: I was surprised how cleanly I was able to split this 7.1 and 7.7 mag pair with only a 1.9” separation. As Sissy describes it, it was cleanly “split by a hair”.  It was in a beautiful star field with many stars of 8th to 10th magnitude. My magnitude limit for the night was ~ 11.0 in the Cygnus region (basically straight over head).

 

Σ2607: These are 6.6 and 9.1 mag stars with a 3.0” separation. It is a close pair, but was cleanly split with a nice gap.


26 Cyg is a wide pair (41.4”) with 5.2 and 8.9 magnitudes. This one actually showed some good color with a yellow-orange primary and bluish secondary.

 

Psi Cyg was simply beautiful; a 5.0 and 7.5 magnitude system with only a 2.9” separation.  This was not very difficult because the B star is just beyond the diffraction ring, so it stood out rather nicely. It seemed to be a light yellow and blue pair.

 

- Bob


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Posted 17 August 2014 - 10:55 AM

 

Had my copy for a couple of years. It's a 2008 as well ....

 

Mine is definitely a new book and a 2006 copyright. Were there any changes with the 2008, or was it just a reprint?

 

- Bob

 

Bob - I'm not sure! I've never had a 2006 to compare it with but I'd guess it is a reprint though...



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Posted 30 August 2014 - 04:23 PM

S&T  is having a 20% off sale over the Labor Day weekend so went ahead and ordered a copy.  This just about covers the postage so went ahead and ordered it.  Considering there is no sales tax I figured this is about as good a deal as I was likely to find.



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Posted 30 August 2014 - 08:53 PM

Last night I decided to take my new Sissy Haas book out for a spin. The transparency was 8/10 and the seeing was 6/10 on Pickering. I was using my 80mm Mayflower on a Losmandy GM-8 with Gemini 1. Observations were made with a 5mm Type 6 Nagler with TFOV of 20.5’ and a magnification of 240X. The GoTo’s were putting the objects in the FOV of the eyepiece each time, so it promised to be a good night.

 

aside from calling out bob's individual star observation reports, which are well done in an informal style, i wanted to point out that he's working at an exit pupil of 0.33 mm, which is also my favorite for close systems.

 

planetary astronomers sometimes try out that double star thing, set up with their usual 2 mm exit pupil, and wonder what all the fuss is about.

 

and ... oh, yes ... double star astronomy with an accurate GoTo system? -- priceless.


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