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#26 Astro88


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Posted 01 December 2014 - 09:31 PM

The Interstellarum Deep Sky Atlas looks like it may be the ideal atlas, although it is pricey, and the english version won't be available until January.  I really like Objects In The Heavens.  Here is a review by a CloudyNights member - link.  The only downside is that it only covers constellations visible from the northern hemisphere.

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Posted 01 December 2014 - 10:43 PM

I would recommend this Deep Sky Atlas. Print out the pages you need at a scale you like and keep them in clear sheet protectors to prevent from dew/frost. Works for me.


Otherwise, second best choice, more pricey though would be the used  Uranometria 2000.0: Deep Sky Atlas, Vol. 1: The Northern Hemisphere to -6 Degrees.


For quick references use planisphere or better some smartphone app, like Sky Safari etc. I use Google Sky, its free.

Edited by CeleNoptic, 01 December 2014 - 10:48 PM.

#28 Starman1


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Posted 02 December 2014 - 03:57 PM

I have a 10" Dob with a Telrad on the way.  The search for sky charts is as overwhelming as searching for a telescope and eyepieces.  The Sky Atlas 2000 looks like the cure all, especially since it is designed for use with the Telrad.  Can I please get some recommendations?

I probably need something that I can use in the field with a red light.  The Sky Atlas 2000 has a couple of different formats (deluxe/desk/laminated), so any advice on that would be appreciated.


Also, is there a need/use for a planisphere if you have a good chart?


There are great on-line star atlases you can print at will:

mag,7 limit: http://www.cloudynig...ar-charts-r1021

mag.8.5 limit: http://www.geocities...85/atlas_85.htm

mag. 9, 11, 13 limit: http://www.uv.es/jrt...s/triatlas.html

User-definable limit: http://www.ap-i.net/skychart/en/start


If you go with the Sky Atlas 2000, get the:

--laminated desk edition with black stars on white paper.  Easiest to read at night, and will last a very very long time.


Yes, a planisphere will always be useful:

--to let you know what's up and when during the night

--to plan your observations

--to teach yourself the faint constellations like Equuleus, or Corona Australis or Leo Minor

#29 Dave Mitsky

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Posted 02 December 2014 - 07:51 PM

Honorable mention here for the Bright Star Atlas.



Covers large patches of sky

Data tables opposite of the charts

Heavy duty paper



The inexpensive Bright Star Atlas may not go very "deep" magnitude-wise but it shows large swaths of the sky on each page and also has lists of deep-sky objects and stars of interest.






Combine it with the Pocket Sky Atlas and more expensive atlases may not be necessary.


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Posted 03 December 2014 - 01:29 PM

I really appreciate the feedback. As stated earlier, I have already purchased a Telrad.  Also, I have ordered the Year Round Messier Marathon Guidebook and will use it alongside Sky Safari.  I will be getting a decent 9x50 finder scope and a UHC filter.  Still not sure about which EP's to replace the Orion Sirius Plossls.


My immediate goal is to learn my way around the sky while concentrating on the Messier objects.  Hopefully, the aforementioned equipment will allow me to do adequately.


#31 gene 4181

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 07:46 PM

the eyepieces you have will get you along for awhile. the 25 and 17 will get used quite a bit.  keep an eye out for some used stuff in classifieds.

Edited by gene 4181, 03 December 2014 - 07:50 PM.

#32 Meeka



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Posted 03 December 2014 - 07:54 PM

Here are a few more Telrad finder charts - they still only have Messier objects, but the charts are organized by constellation so there are only 15 of them (one only has one object though).



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Posted 03 December 2014 - 08:19 PM

Obviously, you're going to run into lots of opinions here...  Different strokes for different folks.  After using my C8 for 37 years, I've settled into a routine where I first check a planisphere to see what's going to be "up," then I figure out a rough starhop using the old Skalnate Pleso atlas, (very similar to SA 2000,) and then the Uranometria 2000 goes out with me.  I have little circles on acetate to match the FOV of my finderscope and my low power eyepiece, and they make starhopping a breeze.

     I recently replaced my old reversed image 50mm finderscope with a new Stellarvue 9x50 RACI one.  I'm thrilled with it. :)


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Posted 03 December 2014 - 08:28 PM

And for those wanting to use a Telrad to find the Messier objects, these individual charts are FREE to download and print:



Wow, this is awesome, especially if one has a telrad

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 08:34 PM

My favorite for many years is Sky Atlas 2000. It covers the entire sky and the format is easy to use. You can get plastic overlays that outline a Telrad over the atlas. However, it is not that hard to extrapolate the sky covered by a Telrad without an overlay.  I agree that the black stars on white or white stars on black is easier to read in low level light in the field. I have a feeling that printed products will only be with us so long. Everything is moving to electronic media. In that regard, SkySafari 4 is excellent. 

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