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Quote:Burnham's is definitely not about the history of the constellations. It's a list of major objects in each constellation along with a general description of the physical characteristics of that object. The focus is definitely on the astrophysics, not stories about the constellations.
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Quote:Burnham's is definitely not about the history of the constellations. It's a list of major objects in each constellation along with a general description of the physical characteristics of that object. The focus is definitely on the astrophysics, not stories about the constellations. It will cover the spectral classes, variable stars, globulars, etc., including their history (for example, M31 discusses the history of novae in the galaxy) and their physical makeup (stellar class, distances, size, light curves for variables, finder charts for faint variables, etc.)For example, the Andromeda section covers Gamma (double), Delta (double), Zeta (variable, double), Lambda (variable), Omicron (variable), Pi (triple), Omega (double), 36 (double), Struve 215 (variable, double), R (variable), Z (variable), RX (variable), GRB 34 (red dwarf binary), M31, NGC 752, NGC 891, and NGC 7662. It provides an orbital digram of the double 36 Andromedae showing roughly what the separation will be in a given year, a detailed light curve for R,Z, and RX Andromedae and for Cepheid variables in M31 (!), and finder charts for these faint variables and for GRB 34.However, it will not discuss every object, or even every major object. It is not a total "atlas of the sky with descriptions".Frankly, even as an "intermediate beginner", I think you may find that Burnhams is overwhelming, provides too much detail and doesn't help you observe. I would hold off until you are more "intermediate-to-advanced".Better choices might be Sue French's "Small Scope Sampler" or her "Deep Sky Wonders", or Peterson's "Field Guide to the Stars and Planets". I assume that you already have a good atlas like a Sky Atlas 2000 or a Pocket Sky Atlas.If you can tell me more about how and what you observe, Laura, what your telescope is, what some of the objects you've looked at are, etc. maybe I can be of more help. My own astro library is, uh, space-consuming. Cathy
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Quote:But I would cast a yes vote for Burnham's too. Because it has tables with data,...
Quote:I do agree that far more pages are devoted to the science of the objects than their history. But the extraordinary combination of diverse viewpoints is what makes this book so irreplaceable.
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Quote:Yes, but that science of objects is also now over fifty years old too. How much has our knowledge advanced in the last 50 years?
Quote:Sue French's Deep Sky Wonders or Small Scope Sampler along with something like S&T's Pocket Sky Atlas will be a great start into deep sky observing.
Quote:The constellations are discussed in detail [by Burnham's] from a historical and cultural point of view under the description of each constellation's Alpha star.
Quote:With Sue French, the observing is front and center -- science and culture are brought in when appropriate. With Burnham, science is strongest...and observing is the weakest.
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Quote:The "Observing Handbook And Catalog Of Deep Sky Objects"by Christian B. Luginbuhl & Brian A. SkiffISBN 0 521 25665 8An excelent reference with information and descriptions of more than 2000 galaxies, star clusters and nebula.
Quote:With Burnham, science is strongest -- it's a passably good though eccentric introduction to the science of deep-sky astronomy -- and observing is the weakest.
Quote:It was those so-called "eccentric" shades of color that Burnham painted with which made his work timeless.