Quote:I just received my copy of the new and improved book that I had been using to supplement the S&T Pocket Sky Atlas:"Objects in the Heavens" 4th edition (Peter Birren)2008 - 120 pg - 8.3 x 5.7 x 0.4 in - softcover, spiral-boundMine was purchased directly via the author's web page (www.birrendesign.com/astro.html), but I believe that Amazon.com also will have it (the old edition is described but the new cover is shown).
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Thomas Watson - Author of Mr. Olcott's Skies. Available in paperback and ebook formats. Weblog: Under Desert Stars
- Peter Birren author: Objects in the Heavens
6" Edmund Scientific 1974 "Super Sky Ranger" (slightly modified)
12x50 Meade and Bushnell Binoculars
Kit 'Don’t worry about what telescope you own, or its quality. Just get out under the night sky, and enjoy God’s wondrous universe.' - Thomas M Back
David Moody, FRAS 17.5" f/5 dob 10" f/10 SCT 5" f/8 refractor 80mm f/6 refractor 66mm f/6 refractor Plus a few others out of the rotation
"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." - Galileo Galilei Celestron
Quote:I'm resurrecting this old thread to provide some commentary on the 5th edition of Objects in the Heavens. I've written up a review on my club's web site at: http://www.raleighastro.org/observing/observing-articles/329-book-review-obje...Read the review but in summary...."... Objects in the Heavens is very well laid out field guide that will greatly assist observers at the telescope. Youâ€™ll want to use this book in conjunction with a good atlas. Being spiral bound makes this book easy to use in the field but since the pages are regular paper and not laminated, youâ€™ll want to take care not to let them get soaked with dew."-Mike
Quote:...but since the pages are regular paper and not laminated, youâ€™ll want to take care not to let them get soaked with dew."
--MichaelDark site scope: Meade 8" f/6 DobWeeknight scopes: C9.25/iEQ45M, C102/AT Voyager(I am looking for a 1980s Edmund Scientific 3" f/10 red-tube reflector, PM me if you have or know of one!)
Quote:Quote:...but since the pages are regular paper and not laminated, youâ€™ll want to take care not to let them get soaked with dew."
This is also my only quibble with the work. I bought it as a companion to my PSA to take along with it during an observing session, but the dew out here would destroy it if I were to take it outside.
Orion ED80 - AT Voyager with TNT,pier ext.,Vixon steel tray and Manny's mod.
Omni 120 cg4 with Orion pier ext. and RA drive, Binotron-27 (25mm & 17mm Sterlings)
Orion XT10(Original F/5) SkyStopper Equatorial Platform
Jason Constellation Model 311(Modified with 1.25"Crawford Machine focuser & rings)
Quote:Since the pages are regular paper and not laminated, youâ€™ll want to take care not to let them get soaked with dew.
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
“I am the only person to ever ace a 1951 USAF resolution test. My 'to observe' list says 'done'. I do not use charts or atlases when I starhop; men do not use maps. One of my sketches won an SBIG deep sky imaging contest. I am the life of star parties I have never attended. I never say anything looks like a faint fuzzy - not even a faint fuzzy. Pilots aim green laser pointers at me. Don Pensack proofreads my CN forum posts.” - The Most Interesting Astronomer in the Universe
Quote:Yes, I agree. Peter is a first rate guy who is giving us a first rate guide.
JeremyC80ED * Orion StarBlast 6 * C11 StarbrightVixen Porta II mount * AS-GT EQ mountPlossls * 66 Enhanced Wide Angles * 2" 52mm Erfle