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GeneT
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Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes & Binoculars new
      #5872469 - 05/19/13 08:59 PM

I use a variety of sky charts and atlases when viewing. I wanted something in between a planisphere and my Sky Atlas 2000 field charts, Wil Tirion atlases, and others. I recently bought 'Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes and Binoculars' by David and Billie Chandler. It shows the charts on a single page similar to Norton's. However Norton's has each chart spread over two pages. On the back page, Sky Atlas gives a listing for objects that can be seen in telescopes ranging in size from 2-4 inches. I purchased two copies and had Kinkos cut the binding off. I put the pages in plastic sheets, and in my binder. I now can eyeball the planisphere, then check out a page in the Sky Atlas, then move to more complicated star maps and charts. The Sky atlas is not too detailed, but detailed enough. This works nicely as a nicely two step approach. Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes and Binoculars is a nice segue from a planisphere to more detailed and complex star charts.

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Rick Woods
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Re: Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes & Binoculars new [Re: GeneT]
      #5875774 - 05/21/13 12:36 PM

That's the niche that Tirion's "Bright Star Atlas 2000" fills for me.

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LivingNDixie
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Re: Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes & Binoculars new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #5876220 - 05/21/13 03:43 PM

Pocket Sky Atlas is what I use. Great little book.

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edwincjones
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Re: Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes & Binoculars new [Re: LivingNDixie]
      #5876245 - 05/21/13 03:50 PM

DeepMap600 initially
SA2000 for more detail

edj


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Rick Woods
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Re: Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes & Binoculars new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5876461 - 05/21/13 05:46 PM

Gene, was the Sky Atlas expensive?

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turtle86
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Re: Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes & Binoculars new [Re: LivingNDixie]
      #5876804 - 05/21/13 07:40 PM

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Pocket Sky Atlas is what I use. Great little book.




+1 Just want to add that I also find it plenty helpful with my 18" scope, not just my smaller scope and binoculars.

Objects in the Heavens is another great little book to have handy.


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GeneT
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Re: Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes & Binoculars new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #5877024 - 05/21/13 10:00 PM

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Gene, was the Sky Atlas expensive?



Very inexpensive. I bought it from Orion. I use it to rough out a section of the sky, then drill in with a variety of charts and atlases.


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LivingNDixie
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Re: Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes & Binoculars new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5877731 - 05/22/13 10:46 AM

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DeepMap600 initially
SA2000 for more detail

edj




I always hear good things about the Deep Map 600.


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GeneT
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Re: Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes & Binoculars new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #5878543 - 05/22/13 04:52 PM

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That's the niche that Tirion's "Bright Star Atlas 2000" fills for me.




I have this too. I have a binder with several of these type of atlases. I think of it this way. When do you start with a 31 Nagler, then to a 22, a 17 and so on? I rarely start with a 17. The Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes and Binoculars is analogous to the 31 Nagler. I like the wide view of the sky it gives. I then drill down to Tiron's works, the Pocket Sky Atlas, and my Sky Atlas 2000.


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Re: Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes & Binoculars new [Re: LivingNDixie]
      #5878610 - 05/22/13 05:25 PM

Quote:

Pocket Sky Atlas is what I use. Great little book.




Same here. Also the Cambridge Star Atlas which I've had since I started in astronomy; it's bent (a trip to Australia in 1997 saw it stuffed in my rucksack and bent out of shape!), dog-eared, written on and mouldy from dew but I still have it and it's got a special place in my affections.


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Re: Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes & Binoculars new [Re: FJA]
      #5882952 - 05/24/13 07:18 PM

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Pocket Sky Atlas is what I use. Great little book.



Same here for me too. The PSA shows all the stars I can see with my 10x50 binoculars in my light polluted skies and from a dark sky site it shows me enough stars to find all the DSO's I can see with the binoculars.


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GeneT
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Re: Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes & Binoculars new [Re: GeneT]
      #5886223 - 05/26/13 09:14 PM

I also have and use the items mentioned in this post. What I like about Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes is that it sets the stage for Tiron, Pocket Sky Atlas, Sky Atlas 2000 and others.

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Re: Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes & Binoculars new [Re: LivingNDixie]
      #6041279 - 08/23/13 06:12 AM

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Pocket Sky Atlas is what I use. Great little book.




+1 on that book. Easy to read and use, compact, and perfect for taking everywhere.


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Re: Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes & Binoculars new [Re: LivingNDixie]
      #6041671 - 08/23/13 11:10 AM

Back when I had a steel-tubed Dob I cut up a Deep Map 600 into seasonal segments, backed it with adhesive sided magnetic vinyl sheeting and had a star chart that affixed to the OTA for quick reference while star hopping. Look at chart, look in finder, look back at chart, look in finder, look in eyepiece voila!

- Jim


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Re: Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes & Binoculars new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #6042811 - 08/24/13 01:13 AM

Quote:

Back when I had a steel-tubed Dob I cut up a Deep Map 600 into seasonal segments, backed it with adhesive sided magnetic vinyl sheeting and had a star chart that affixed to the OTA for quick reference while star hopping. Look at chart, look in finder, look back at chart, look in finder, look in eyepiece voila!

- Jim






Jim...

Most creative!


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Re: Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes & Binoculars [Re: GeneT]
      #6042843 - 08/24/13 01:48 AM

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Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes and Binoculars' by David and Billie Chandler




I also like the Milky Way map (figure 1) and our Solar System position map for the Milky Way (figure 2) in Chandler's Sky Atlas.

Most beginners would get a jump start on observing by starting with Chandler's First Light Astronomy Kit and easy-to-hold cheap medium binoculars (7x35 or 8x42). My humble opinion is to get the Chandler items before buying the "serious" stuff--scope, eyepieces, mount, full size atlas(es), guidebooks, handbooks, software, and magazine subscriptions.

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Another first-stop for beginners is the Edmund Mag 5 Star Atlas from Edmund Scientifics. Yes, this golden oldie in comic book style is still being sold!


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