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#26 faackanders2

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 05:28 PM

Thank you Ronald, I placed my order today for the Desk Edition with Amazon.com and it currently shows “Only 7 left in stock – order soon”.  It’s been a long wait for those of us who love collecting and using star atlases, but I’m sure it will be worth every minute!
 
I have the field and desk editions of your Interstellarum Deep Sky Atlas and of course a copy of your masterpiece, the Atlas of the Messier Objects.  Thanks a lot for putting so much effort and care into creating this wonderful works! thanx.gif 

Ronald, I really enjoy your "Atlas of Messier Objects" it is a work of art and history. I have your Deep Sky Atlas and looking forward to your Deep Sky Guide.
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 10:11 AM

Searching this publication on  Cambridge University Press found hundreds of results but not one were the  Interstellarum Deep Sky Guide.

Now crying . . . . 


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Posted 26 November 2018 - 12:49 PM

Searching this publication on  Cambridge University Press found hundreds of results but not one were the  Interstellarum Deep Sky Guide.

Now crying . . . . 

 

Do you mean this?

 

https://www.cambridg...n=9781108453134

 

Here is a link to the Amazon.com ad too, just in case:

 

https://www.amazon.c...=I16KLAZ9WV7GLX


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Posted 29 November 2018 - 04:07 PM

Got my notice from Amazon that my order has shipped.,and will arrive on Tue. Dec.4.,Got my fingers crossed.,If it comes USPS our driver brings it right to my door.,I give her cookies.,


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Posted 29 November 2018 - 06:25 PM

Got my field copy today from Book Depository in the UK. Beautiful book and I'm looking forward to using it.


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 07:19 AM

Well.,I got my copy.,First.,Amazon shipped it in a bubble bag.,same as they would ship a $5used book.,Second.,There was a different mail person that day and they folded the book in half and crammed it into the box.,When I opened it I found the upper left corner bent and the binder rings bent and the cover torn a little.,Guess who was not happy.,

  Alas.,all is not lost.,After I chilled a bit I got to looking through this "Guide" book only to see it is much more (IMHO) a pretty picture book than any kind of guide.,It is sorely in need of a lot more on the information side of being a guide book.,I have other guide books and they have mostly text in them with a few pics or useful charts.,To me.,that is what a Guide book should be.,

 

If you want a book with lots of pretty pics.,this is a good choice.,If you want some basic info about the objects.,you will need to look elsewhere.,

 I'm glad I bought it from Amazon because I can return it no questions asked.,

  After waiting 2 months to get it.,I am pretty disappointed.,

 

   I mean no offense to anyone.,if your happy with it thats great.,I was hoping for more of an informative book.,not a picture book.,cheers.,


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 03:06 PM

I just ordered mine so can't speak to your issues with it, but I'm looking forward to the pictures.  I have a number of guides that are filled with words, but are short on pictures, sketches and other visuals.  Just goes to show that no single guide will do everything...


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 06:01 PM

I received my copy of the Interstellarum Deep Sky Guide Desk Edition today (in English, ordered from Amazon.com) and I’m very pleased with it, well worth the cost and wait!  IMHO, it’s a great companion to the Interstellarum Deep Sky Atlas and a fantastic photographic complement for DSO guides like The Night Sky Observer’s Guide or the Observing Handbook and Catalogue of Deep-Sky Objects and a deeper and more vast, printed image compilation than the Deep Space Image Catalog.

 

Kudos on the authors for a fantastic job! waytogo.gif 



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Posted 07 December 2018 - 12:39 PM

If anyone cares, Barnes & Nobels has this on their website.  If you are a member, you can get 20% off -- get's the price down to $79.99.  Mine has been shipped and expected here on Monday.  We will see...


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Posted 07 December 2018 - 01:00 PM

Castor: well said, just got mine LOVE IT !


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Posted 08 December 2018 - 02:34 AM

Castor: well said, just got mine LOVE IT !

Thank you Djpontone, I’m loving mine too!

 

Here are a couple of low-res pictures of mine for those who have not seen any.  If you want to look at hi-res pictures from the book you can check at the author’s website here:

 

http://visualastronomer.com/preview-interstellarum-deep-sky-guide/

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 03:18 PM

Would you risk taking the desk version out to your scope.

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 04:17 PM

Would you risk taking the desk version out to your scope.

Oh yes, that’s what I intend to do! ubetcha.gif  The paper has a silk-like, non-porous surface that seems like it can tolerate some dampness, but only time will tell.

 

At any rate, I'd rather risk this fine image-catalog companion guide than other reference books, some of them nearly irreplaceable like An Atlas of the Andromeda Galaxy (by Paul W. Hodge), some of them expensive like The de Vaucouleurs Atlas of Galaxies, The Color Atlas of Galaxies (by James D. Wray), Planetary Nebulae (by Steven J. Hynes), Hartung’s Astronomical Objects for Southern Telescopes (by David Malin) and some of them large and heavy like the beautiful Atlas of the Messier Objects by the same author of the Interstellarum Deep Sky Guide (Ronald Stoyan). grin.gif  

 

If the field edition of the guide was more affordable, I’d probably had purchased one (I have the field and desk editions of the atlas) but at the current price (USD $178.72) it is out my reach for now. rolleyes.gif

 

Cheers,


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Posted 12 December 2018 - 11:58 PM

Well.,I got my copy.,First.,Amazon shipped it in a bubble bag.,same as they would ship a $5used book.,Second.,There was a different mail person that day and they folded the book in half and crammed it into the box.,When I opened it I found the upper left corner bent and the binder rings bent and the cover torn a little.,Guess who was not happy.,

  Alas.,all is not lost.,After I chilled a bit I got to looking through this "Guide" book only to see it is much more (IMHO) a pretty picture book than any kind of guide.,It is sorely in need of a lot more on the information side of being a guide book.,I have other guide books and they have mostly text in them with a few pics or useful charts.,To me.,that is what a Guide book should be.,

 

If you want a book with lots of pretty pics.,this is a good choice.,If you want some basic info about the objects.,you will need to look elsewhere.,

 I'm glad I bought it from Amazon because I can return it no questions asked.,

  After waiting 2 months to get it.,I am pretty disappointed.,

 

   I mean no offense to anyone.,if your happy with it thats great.,I was hoping for more of an informative book.,not a picture book.,cheers.,

I just got my copy from B&N shipped in a huge box (maybe 4 times the size of the "large" book).  No bending it to stuff in the mailbox here...

 

I've only just looked through it so far, but I think I'm going to like it.

 

Clearwaterdave -- I kinda get what your saying though about the information.  They give very, very basic descriptions and a recommendation for appropriate magnification and filter.  Good information, but if you want to know anything else, such as size, brightness -- pretty much anything, you are going to have to refer to another source.  In a sense, even the atlas may provide more "information".  Bottom line though, it's not going to be a big issue for me since I have and use many other sources of information.  It would have been nice to have some of this in the guide, but I'm sure that would add a lot more pages to the book.  I does appear to be a wonderful picture book though!


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Posted 16 December 2018 - 02:52 PM

I took advantage of the B&N discount coupon that @brentknight mentioned. It was supposed to be delivered mid-next week but it arrived yesterday. As he mentioned, it arrived in a huge box, tall enough for 10 books stacked, and wide enough for 1.5 books. As it was, I just got the one book with some sheets of stiff crumpled paper around it for padding--in other words, no significant padding. The only reason it wasn't all ripped up sliding around in that huge, spacious box was because the book was shrink-wrapped in plastic, which fortunately preserved its integrity.

 

We also had the package thieves at work. It wasn't expected until next week so we weren't tracking it. Then it got delivered at 6:30am and we only stumbled across it at the front door about 2pm. The box had been clearly cut open, but amazingly, the book was still there. Physical books are unpopular these days, and apparently that also applies to the thieves that would steal it.

 

From descriptions about one double-page spread describing the objects on the same-numbered chart in the atlas, I had wondered about particularly busy areas of the sky (like Sagittarius)--would objects be left out? The answer is, there's not a direct 1-1 correspondence. In a busy area you might have the 3 guide pages 78a, 78b, and 78c to describe the one atlas page 78. Even so, some objects are left out, like M7--at first rather surprising. But the very first paragraph in the Introduction states, "[This book is] aimed at owners of medium to large Dobsonian telescopes and helps with the preparation, selection, identification, and interpretation of their visual observations.". M7 doesn't need a large Dob to see it. Since my biggest scope is 7" I'm a little unclear how useful the Guide will be to me for visual use; we'll have to wait and see. But for astrophotographic purposes in finding interesting targets, it looks very promising.

 

 


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Posted 17 December 2018 - 02:55 AM

Anyone keeping track of errata in the Guide? I found one already--Shk 166 (page 3 object 12a) isn't in the index--only 3 (chart) pages in and with an object I wasn't looking for. Featured but obscure items that don't make it into the index are as good as lost.



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Posted 17 December 2018 - 01:01 PM

Another error. Chart 62, object 15. In the photo it's labeled Arp 317, in the object list it's Shk 317; the latter is correct, as verified with the online Palomar Digitized Sky Survey. Chart 62 is in Cetus while Arp 317 is the Leo Trio (M65, M66, NGC 3628).



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Posted 18 December 2018 - 03:59 AM

Another error. Chart 92 has two object 7's; the second one should be object 10.



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Posted 18 December 2018 - 10:24 AM

Another error. Chart 92 has two object 7's; the second one should be object 10.

I hope you will compile and send there errata to the author.



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Posted 18 December 2018 - 11:56 AM

In the meantime however, it might be easier to take advantage of these changes if they were compiled in a spreadsheet or something. Hopefully there’s not a huge number...



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Posted 18 December 2018 - 12:49 PM

The authors of the Interstellarum Deep Sky Atlas provide a way to report errors in the atlas:
http://www.deep-sky-...ent=errors.html
However, I don't know if it is OK to report errors in the Guide in that link.


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Posted 22 December 2018 - 09:42 PM

I was able to order one via Amazon this morning for same day delivery.  It is impressive, very logical to use alongside the atlas and also has an index of objects in the back.

 

I had been waffling on getting it since my 15” feels small comparing with the sketches from Uwe Glahn with his 27” but I figured I needed to get it since a lot of times there’s just one printing of stuff like this and I don’t want to miss out.  Having it in my hands, I really like it!

 

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Posted 01 January 2019 - 10:58 PM

Received this for XMAS and really like it.  Surprised it has so many different objects from Messier, Cladwell, and the other Omeara books.  Like how it  shows where the objects are in the corresponding Interstelarium Atlas, but wished it would show the simple constellation lines  to help me look abovr/below/left/right of those lines.

 

I do like the idea I will be finding many more different objects than the usual.  Thank you!



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Posted 18 January 2019 - 10:58 PM

I just got a copy of the interstellarum Deep Sky Guide Field Edition for around $110, about half of what Amazon.com charges, from Amazon.de.  I wasn’t willing to pay over $200 for the field edition, but for me $110 seemed reasonable enough.  The book arrived in perfect condition.  The only downside is the two to three week wait.

 

Just thought I’d pass this along in case someone might be interested.



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Posted 19 January 2019 - 12:23 AM

I just got a copy of the interstellarum Deep Sky Guide Field Edition for around $110, about half of what Amazon.com charges, from Amazon.de.  I wasn’t willing to pay over $200 for the field edition, but for me $110 seemed reasonable enough.  The book arrived in perfect condition.  The only downside is the two to three week wait.

 

Just thought I’d pass this along in case someone might be interested.

was it in english?




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