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A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter
      #5771418 - 04/01/13 06:29 PM

Hello all,

I'd like to share a new PDF atlas I've assembled (even gave it a name this time )
http://www.deepskywatch.com/deep-sky-hunter-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:


And this is a part of close Virgo cluster close up chart:


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.


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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: Michael11]
      #5771906 - 04/01/13 10:47 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.

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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: Edward E]
      #5771939 - 04/01/13 11:11 PM

Love it, thanks for sharing !!

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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: skyquest25]
      #5772193 - 04/02/13 06:10 AM

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

Greatly apprecciate your generous effort!


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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: pedrete]
      #5772493 - 04/02/13 10:10 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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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: rinalmj]
      #5772585 - 04/02/13 10:55 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!

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Michael11
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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: turtle86]
      #5773337 - 04/02/13 04:57 PM

Thanks for your feedback.

Quote:

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/s/blczk1xvuo72p69yo1qr


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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: Michael11]
      #5773637 - 04/02/13 06:28 PM

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

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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #5775042 - 04/03/13 09:35 AM

Thanks Michael, the mirror site worked

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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: Edward E]
      #5775146 - 04/03/13 10:14 AM

Quote:

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.




A big +1 !!

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


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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: Michael11]
      #5775205 - 04/03/13 10:41 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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Michael11
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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: Dan Williams]
      #5775370 - 04/03/13 11:43 AM

Thanks again for your kind replies

Quote:

(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)

Edited by Michael11 (04/03/13 11:46 AM)


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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: Michael11]
      #5776054 - 04/03/13 05:46 PM

Michael,

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


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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: rockethead26]
      #5776435 - 04/03/13 08:52 PM

Beautiful job, Michael!! Thank You!!

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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: Michael11]
      #5776516 - 04/03/13 09:22 PM

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

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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: okieav8r]
      #5776590 - 04/03/13 10:00 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.


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Michael11
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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: George N]
      #5776919 - 04/04/13 01:41 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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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: Michael11]
      #5777257 - 04/04/13 09:58 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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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: Michael11]
      #5777520 - 04/04/13 12:05 PM

Quote:

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




Thanks!


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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: George N]
      #5780341 - 04/05/13 06:58 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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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: Michael11]
      #5780991 - 04/06/13 01:03 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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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: core]
      #5781167 - 04/06/13 05:42 AM

Thanks again for your kind feedback

Quote:

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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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: Michael11]
      #5782135 - 04/06/13 04:19 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



http://www.deepskywatch.com/files/deepsky-atlas/Deep-Sky-Hunter-atlas-object-...


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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: Michael11]
      #5782187 - 04/06/13 04:55 PM

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

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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #5782846 - 04/06/13 10:50 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. I guess u must be having faster method at ur disposal for exhaustive 7k DSO list.


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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: Maau the Lynx]
      #5783354 - 04/07/13 09:08 AM

Quote:

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. I guess u must be having faster method at ur disposal for exhaustive 7k DSO list.



Thanks.
Actually I don't really have a fast method for rearranging it into A3 format. I'll just post the original Excel file, you are welcome to arrange it in any way which suits you
http://www.deepskywatch.com/files/deepsky-atlas/7000dsolist.xls


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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: Michael11]
      #5783487 - 04/07/13 10:30 AM

Michael, actually in my earlier post, i meant to have an extra column with DSHA chart numbers like u2k chart numbers in column J. With such a clutter free atlas by you, u2k will not accompany on field anymore. For me, its superseded by your atlas for all practical purposes! With such a large list of objects, manual entry is difficult.

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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: Maau the Lynx]
      #5798753 - 04/14/13 04:26 PM

I've made a few minor updates - now DSOs which are marked with a star (*) include SAC's best of NGC objects, in addition to Messier, Caldwell and Herschel 400 ones (overall 500-600 objects). Also some corrections to labels were made. This is useful if you want to surf for the brighter DSOs, without getting lost in the clutter of fainter objects. The updated version is at my site.

There is an additional list available now, also formatted for A3 - which was also taken from my old DSO guide. It is 20 pages with pictures of ~700 best deep sky objects, which, among others, include all "best" objects marked with a star in the atlas and can be used as additional reference.

Can be downloaded here: http://www.deepskywatch.com/files/deepsky-atlas/Deep-Sky-Hunter-DSO-images.pdf


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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: Michael11]
      #5803638 - 04/16/13 10:23 PM

I am going to download this all... amazing work! How you do this is beyond me. I marvel at people with your abilities. You deserve to be published with work like this. Thank you!

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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: smallscopefanLeo]
      #5810084 - 04/20/13 05:48 AM Attachment (27 downloads)

Thanks, however my work was mainly compiling and post editing software-produced printouts.

By the way, I found out that sometimes chart number 20 is printed without labels (if the whole atlas is fed into printer). This can be fixed by printing this chart separately. I'll try to fix it using a different PDF editor.

I'm also thinking of a similar project, but on smaller scale (10-20 pages A4 atlas), since I realised that this one is a bit too heavy for some observers.

Anyway I've got a tip how to bind laminated A3 sheets using a metal ring binder (It was hard to find a spiral-binder for A3 sheets). So this is a result I got.

p.s. I've made some more corrections, mainly to navigation labels and a few missing grid coordinates.


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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: Michael11]
      #5814958 - 04/22/13 10:27 AM

I am thinking to go to the printer store and print out some of the charts, kind of a test before comitting to the full atlas. How do you print two sided?

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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: opticsguy]
      #5821264 - 04/25/13 02:59 AM

Quote:

I am thinking to go to the printer store and print out some of the charts, kind of a test before comitting to the full atlas. How do you print two sided?



I just asked them to print it in "duplex", for left hand binding (However it's called). Note that if printing the whole PDF - it's a good idea to send 20-40 pages to the printer each time, otherwise it might get really slow.


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Re: A new printable atlas - Deep Sky Hunter new [Re: Michael11]
      #5829330 - 04/28/13 11:17 PM

I'm have a print order for the atlas and database due for completion by Tuesday. I look forward to breaking it in at the Texas Star Party. Thanks for all your generous work. This is one of the most useful atlas' I have seen.
Clear skies and clean glass,
Mike


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