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Any fans of the Webb Deep-Sky Society pubs here?
      #5744193 - 03/19/13 10:48 PM

Well, I guess the subject line says it all. I don't see them mentioned here often. Anyone have the Colour Star Atlas? or The Brightest Planetary Nebulae Observing Atlas - 2nd Edition ?

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Re: Any fans of the Webb Deep-Sky Society pubs here? new [Re: CounterWeight]
      #5744309 - 03/20/13 01:17 AM

I've got the set of 8 observing guides. None of the others, though.

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Re: Any fans of the Webb Deep-Sky Society pubs here? new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #5744746 - 03/20/13 09:37 AM

I liked 'em a lot back in the day. Now? Still have a lot of good info, but with so many other sources...not so much. I was confronted with the whole series for an excellent price in Powell's Books when I was up there a while back to give a talk to the Rose City Astronomers. My first inclination was to snatch 'em up and head for the checkout. But then I started browsing, and what I thought was so indepth back in the 90s was, yeah, that infamous Not So Much. I put 'em back on the shelf.

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Re: Any fans of the Webb Deep-Sky Society pubs here? new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #5744749 - 03/20/13 09:40 AM

My local library has them available for in library use. I have been meaning to look at them. I have no experience with series.

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Re: Any fans of the Webb Deep-Sky Society pubs here? new [Re: LivingNDixie]
      #5746174 - 03/20/13 08:26 PM

The Webb books are nice, but once I got the Night Sky Observer's Guide, I stopped using them and eventually sold them off.

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Re: Any fans of the Webb Deep-Sky Society pubs here? new [Re: turtle86]
      #5746864 - 03/21/13 03:16 AM

I agree, back in the '90s these were the pubs of their time ! But the day turned into night and a new day arose.

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Re: Any fans of the Webb Deep-Sky Society pubs here? new [Re: skyquest25]
      #5747285 - 03/21/13 10:33 AM

I have a number of their observing guides but rarely use them.

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Re: Any fans of the Webb Deep-Sky Society pubs here? new [Re: Rich (RLTYS)]
      #5747403 - 03/21/13 11:32 AM

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I liked 'em a lot back in the day. Now? Still have a lot of good info, but with so many other sources...not so much. ... what I thought was so indepth back in the 90s was, yeah, that infamous Not So Much.



How true! but I still love looking at the sketches of each object that is shown. Those help me know what I can expect to see when I look at the object. So I still look at them for a reference when looking for information on an object.


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Re: Any fans of the Webb Deep-Sky Society pubs here? new [Re: blb]
      #5748312 - 03/21/13 07:06 PM

And they're so bright and colorful on the shelf. Sort of brightens up the bookcase a bit.

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Re: Any fans of the Webb Deep-Sky Society pubs here? new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #5748898 - 03/22/13 12:56 AM

I have been a member of the Webb Society for years and have all of their publications in print, and / or digital PDFs.

Drawings and visual descriptions never go out of date or style, their publications are ALL worth buying.


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Re: Any fans of the Webb Deep-Sky Society pubs here? new [Re: helpwanted]
      #5749016 - 03/22/13 03:23 AM

the colour star atlas is a relatively new publication. The maps were drawn by Mike Swan who did the maps for the later editions of Nortons but go deeper and have more DSO's in them. The planetary nebula atlas has not yet been published in print form. We are thinking about that. It is currently only a PDF download.

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Re: Any fans of the Webb Deep-Sky Society pubs here? new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #5749064 - 03/22/13 04:53 AM

Ive never seen one or owned one.

Lol......how colorful are they , lol....and where does one order them from?


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Re: Any fans of the Webb Deep-Sky Society pubs here? new [Re: droid]
      #5749214 - 03/22/13 08:45 AM

Go here: http://www.webbdeepsky.com

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Re: Any fans of the Webb Deep-Sky Society pubs here? new [Re: helpwanted]
      #5749483 - 03/22/13 11:19 AM

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I have been a member of the Webb Society for years and have all of their publications in print, and / or digital PDFs.

Drawings and visual descriptions never go out of date or style, their publications are ALL worth buying.




They never go out of style, no, but there are better resources available today beginning with The Night Sky Observers Guide, NED, etc., etc., etc.


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Re: Any fans of the Webb Deep-Sky Society pubs here? new [Re: rmollise]
      #5750764 - 03/22/13 10:02 PM

How can the NSOG be better than the Webb books?
they are also visual descriptions and drawings, like the Webb books.
I would call them equal.


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Re: Any fans of the Webb Deep-Sky Society pubs here? new [Re: helpwanted]
      #5750786 - 03/22/13 10:11 PM

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How can the NSOG be better than the Webb books?
they are also visual descriptions and drawings, like the Webb books.
I would call them equal.




Actualy I would think of them as being better than the NSOG. The reason being that the NSOG is geared more toward the larg dob where the Webb books are geared more toward the mediun sized telescope and the sketches were made with medium sized telescopes. Although I too love the NSOG, my scope size is more in line with the Webb books.


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Re: Any fans of the Webb Deep-Sky Society pubs here? new [Re: blb]
      #5750882 - 03/22/13 10:53 PM

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Quote:

How can the NSOG be better than the Webb books?
they are also visual descriptions and drawings, like the Webb books.
I would call them equal.




Actualy I would think of them as being better than the NSOG. The reason being that the NSOG is geared more toward the larg dob where the Webb books are geared more toward the mediun sized telescope and the sketches were made with medium sized telescopes. Although I too love the NSOG, my scope size is more in line with the Webb books.




Good to have choices. I do most of my observing with an 18", so the NSOG works better for me. But I also do some observing with my 8" SCT, and the NSOG is really fine for that as well. I also find the NSOG easier to use in the field--just two volumes with all types of DSO's organized by constellation.


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Re: Any fans of the Webb Deep-Sky Society pubs here? [Re: Rick Woods]
      #5751118 - 03/23/13 02:09 AM

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And they're so bright and colorful on the shelf. Sort of brightens up the bookcase a bit.




Exactly!



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Re: Any fans of the Webb Deep-Sky Society pubs here? [Re: helpwanted]
      #5751547 - 03/23/13 10:56 AM

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How can the NSOG be better than the Webb books?
they are also visual descriptions and drawings, like the Webb books.
I would call them equal.




More objects. More descriptions. Lots of drawings and images. The Webb books were great for their time, but not the equal of the NSOG by any measure.


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Re: Any fans of the Webb Deep-Sky Society pubs here? [Re: rmollise]
      #5751742 - 03/23/13 12:10 PM

Quote:

Quote:

How can the NSOG be better than the Webb books?
they are also visual descriptions and drawings, like the Webb books.
I would call them equal.




More objects. More descriptions. Lots of drawings and images. The Webb books were great for their time, but not the equal of the NSOG by any measure.




Well, sure; but it doesn't have to be an either/or situation. The NSOG is fine; but it's not the be-all and end-all. Once you have it, the Webb books are a fine additional resource to have available. And the specialized nature of the individual books is a very handy feature; if I want to look at planetary nebulae tonight, I can pull that one volume and have a gaggle of them at my fingertips.

(And yes, planetary nebulae come in gaggles.)


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