I was looking at the Webb Society website and came across a reference to a newly released planetary Nebulae observing reference book.
Visual Observations of Planetary Nebulae by Kent Wallace - copyright 2017 (self published).
A referral to EBay for direct purchasing from the author (cost $30 US plus shipping).
Not much information about the book but after searching the web, the author is a very respected/highly regarded visual observer with a speciality in observing Planetary Nebulae.
I was definitely intrigued!
I purchased this book ($70 CDN after $conversion/shipping/mailing/customs,etc). Quite expensive for an unknown commodity. It arrived today. My review follows.
An unbelievable compendium of visual observing of 1059 objects - 400+ observations with an 8" SCT, 400+ observations with a 20" f/5 reflector plus galactic, Magellanic Clouds and proto planetary Nebulae plus planetary Nebula mimics.
My copy states: First Printing (100 copies) April 2017
The beautiful softcover book (11"x 8.5" x 1 3/16") is composed of 496 pages.
Coloured front and back cover.
Beautiful professional black and white text printed on 20 lb paper.
Main sections are as follows:
Observed Galactic Planetary Nebulae
Observed Magellanic Clouds Planetary Nebulae
Proto Planetary Nebulae
Planetary Nebulae Mimics
Each entry provides the following info:
Names, Nicknames and Observational results (positive/negative observation- 8" and 20"
Position and Professional Catalogues
Magnitudes (object/central star), size, constellation, Atlas Charts (Sky Atlas 2000, Uranometria 2000 both editions, Millennium Star Atlas)
Other names ie PN G, PK, ARO, VV, etc
Discoverer and Publication ie William Herschel, Jack Marling, Reiner Vogel, etc
Observation: telescope, magnification(s), filter(s) usage with observing notes, etc
Following the observations more info is provided:
Historical Lists (10 in total) of Planetary Nebulae ie Charles Messier, William Herschel, etc)
Appendixes (14 in total) ie Names List, Names Cross Reference, etc
This publication is a treasure trove of Planetary Nebulae observational information - just mind boggling how the author managed to observe over 1000+ objects.
This is the new "Planetary Nebulae Observing Bible".
Pair this manual with Hynes classic book Planetary Nebulae for the ultimate duo.
Team this publication with your favourite star atlas, computer or tablet app observing program and get Planetary Nebulae observing !!
Very highly recommended. My book states the following First Printing (100 copies) April 2017.
Better jump on a copy while they are still available !