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#1 vkhastro1

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 09:53 PM

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

Notes

 

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

Object Index

 

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 !

 

Gary


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Posted 08 November 2018 - 10:55 PM

No longer available on eBay. You might have gotten the last one.



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Posted 08 November 2018 - 11:34 PM

No longer available on eBay. You might have gotten the last one.

I checked EBay earlier this evening - link through the Webb Society was valid.

Maybe the author (Kent Wallace) will start a 2nd Printing - definitely hope so.

Potential buyers could contact him directly through EBay's "contact seller" to check on future availability.


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Posted 09 November 2018 - 12:01 AM

Thanks for the information!

 

I posted on one of Kent Wallace's early efforts on planetary nebulae in this old CN thread: https://www.cloudyni...bula/?p=3745212

 

Attached is a scan of the cover.

 

--------- I just noticed that Sue French mentioned the new Kent Wallace book in her Sky & Telescope column for October 2018, p 54.

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Posted 09 November 2018 - 10:28 AM

Just rechecked the Webb Society link to EBay.

Kent Wallace's book is newly relisted !



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Posted 09 November 2018 - 11:48 AM

Just rechecked the Webb Society link to EBay.

Kent Wallace's book is newly relisted !

And I just ordered a copy -- to be delivered before Thanksgiving, too!  Thanks again for the information!



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Posted 09 November 2018 - 06:10 PM

Just rechecked the Webb Society link to EBay.

Kent Wallace's book is newly relisted !

Thanks for the heads-up!



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Posted 11 November 2018 - 11:35 AM

Awesome!  I just ordered one this morning, thanks for the pointer!

 

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Posted 12 November 2018 - 01:41 PM

I bought a copy awhile back after perusing offerings on the Webb Society site. It is not at all easy getting any Webb Society publications if you don't live in the UK and/or go to their events and star parties where they have a table. There are a few things like this that are available without having to beg them to ship to you. It is Well worth the price plus shipping - truly an amazing compilation and a huge effort to get this amount of info into book form.

 

  -Jason Adamik



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Posted 12 November 2018 - 02:32 PM

I just ordered one too.

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Posted 13 November 2018 - 04:16 AM

That is not true Jason. In your case you wanted print copies of DSO which we did not have or struggled to find. Most Webb Soc publications that are are shippable (not the double star cards in their current form) we ship all around the world.

 

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Posted 13 November 2018 - 01:33 PM

I realize that, Owen - and I thank you for your efforts! However, I have gone round and round over the last years attempting to get various 'in print' publications and it has been very difficult, with many and varied responses from varied people. I have almost given up - but I really appreciate that you are all volunteers and spend your own time freely to help those of us who want to buy something. I just wish that you had a 'shopping cart' system where we could pay (regardless of country) to get items shipped. It would generate, I imagine, many more times the int'l sales that you get now. I know that if such were the case I would have had any number of Webb publications years ago.



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Posted 13 November 2018 - 03:09 PM

eBay link seems to be down again...  Hope he has more for sale soon...



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Posted 13 November 2018 - 10:45 PM

Received my copy today. That was quick! This looks like a great resource. Nice to see that I work with two of the people mentioned in the acknowledgements, George Jacoby and Brian Skiff.



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Posted 14 November 2018 - 12:27 PM

Hope he'll have more soon!



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Posted 16 November 2018 - 01:04 PM

It's back up!  Just ordered mine...



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Posted 16 November 2018 - 11:32 PM

Just ordered one.



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Posted 16 November 2018 - 11:37 PM

Me too!



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Posted 20 November 2018 - 04:41 PM

My copy arrived today.

 

The introduction explains how the book was developed and is a successor to "Planetary Pages". Attached is a snapshot for page(s) with the M-57 (Ring Nebula) entry, as a typical example of its content, which is in RA order. There are assorted appendices with useful information, as well as a designation index of the 1059 objects.

 

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Posted 20 November 2018 - 04:45 PM

My copy arrived today to nice book.....



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Posted 20 November 2018 - 04:54 PM

Here's a scan of the cover.

 

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Posted 21 November 2018 - 04:26 PM

Just ordered a copy! laugh.gif

 

 

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Posted 22 November 2018 - 05:21 PM

Mine should arrive early next week! Looks to be a great resource, and I'm anxious to dig  into the info. :)



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Posted 22 November 2018 - 06:30 PM

It's a wonderful book.

I have two issues with it.

Burnhams is sorted by constellation. Night Sky Observers Guide is sorted by constellation. This is not.

I don't need info on anything south of -40 declination.

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 03:31 PM

Just got my copy. Agree that it’s not sorted by constellations, but all objects are easy to find using the index. I misunderstood and thought this would have sketches and finder charts. It does not, but that leaves more room for the wonderful discussion provided for each object. I also learned quite a lot from reading over the authors source list and his discussion of the many online databases available. I spent hours looking up objects on the Aladin website. I can highly recommend the book and wish there were other books available like this for other objects. Thank you Kent...


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