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#1 Ray Cash

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 01:10 PM

I’ve long preferred to have images—and/or drawings--of deep sky objects near my atlas, observing list, and, of course, my telescope. David J. Eicher’s The Universe from Your Backyard (1988) was an early, well-loved companion of mine, as was Burnham’s Celestial Handbook. So was the self-published 1994 John C. Vickers’ Deep Space CCD Atlas: North (and South). Vickers’ CCD atlases are images only, and rather primitive ones by today’s standards; but the atlases were not meant to be a compilation of ‘pretty pictures’; but rather a source of black and white images of interesting deep-sky objects that amateurs might want to hunt down with their warm, moist eyes, or sub-ambient-temperature imaging equipment.Enter the above masterpiece!

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 02:17 PM

I enthusiastically agree!  While a little pricey (to me anyway), both the Interstellarum Atlas and Guide are outstanding.  I use them routinely.  The satisfaction of high quality continues on long after the price is forgotten...

 

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 02:47 PM

Thanks for your review!

 

I recently purchased the field edition of the Deep Sky Guide on Amazon.de for just over $100. You don’t need to know German; there’s an English version of the website.

 

Just wanted to mention this in case anyone else might be interested.


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Posted 14 February 2019 - 08:14 PM

nice review, looks like the field atlas you have is no longer in print as of Jan 2019....wonder if new version works the same with the guide?



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Posted 15 February 2019 - 12:21 PM

robba,

 

Amazon seems to still be carrying both the Field Atlas and the Guide, at least with my "prime" account. A number of other AMZ 'partners' carry it new or used, too.

 

But, yes, on the publisher's page--Cambridge--it does say the Field Atlas is out of print as of January, 2019. . . Hopefully this is just a temporary glitch?

 

While I was checking on this, I discovered Ronald Stoyan (one of the authors) websites which have, among other things, a video of him presenting The Atlas:

http://www.deep-sky-...t=video_en.html

 

And here is a "preview" of The Guide before it went to the publisher:

http://visualastrono...deep-sky-guide/

 

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 12:31 PM

Thanks for your review!

 

I recently purchased the field edition of the Deep Sky Guide on Amazon.de for just over $100. You don’t need to know German; there’s an English version of the website.

 

Just wanted to mention this in case anyone else might be interested.

The website is able to be viewed in English, but the Field Guide offered there is in German.



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Posted 19 February 2019 - 02:34 PM

turtle86,

 

Not sure why you keep pointing this out. As mentioned in the article, I bought the "field edition" off Amazon (US) for about $100, too. In English.

 

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Posted 08 March 2019 - 02:43 PM

Say what you will but for smaller scopes like a 8" through 12", you will never beat  the Sky & Telescope's  "Pocket Sky Atlas - Jumbo Edition  or again the Sky & Telescope's  Deep-Sky Wonders  by Sue Smith.  I am 75 and been an amature astronomer since I was in my teens.  Those two books are the absolute best and to me all you will ever need.  Michael Beck.  Alabama. 


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#9 Ray Cash

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 03:49 PM

You should write a more detailed review of these, Michael!

 

BTW: Your age and experience are not great rational 'arguments' for your cause (I'm not far behind you in either): They are anecdotal. . .  Think of it this way: How many fathers of many, many years of experience are still bad dads? Even with good kids?

 

Also, it's: amateur, not amature.



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Posted 30 March 2019 - 09:25 AM

Michael is right about the Pocket Sky Atlas Jumbo Edition. For the money, it can't beat. A lifetime worth of viewing for under $30. Wonderful.


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Posted 27 April 2019 - 07:07 AM

I was under the impression that a "field guide" would have some information about the objects.,

  This guide has little to non.,

Lots and lots of pretty pictures.,but no info.,

  I sent mine back.,I love the atlas.,and was very disappointed with the "so called" guide.,I can look at pretty pictures online all day for free.,YMMV.,



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Posted 27 April 2019 - 02:55 PM

Sorry clearwaterdave, if my review misled you, and though I share your quest for knowledge about the objects we view and/or image, I guess my approach is different than yours: Instead of looking at images and "pretty pictures" all day online, I prefer to use daylight hours to read about these objects--online and elsewhere. When planning my observing, I peruse this guide--like I have in the past with others I mention--for interesting visual or photogenic objects at the time I plan to observe. At the eyepiece, a guide like this aids in ID-ing the object, but also helps to tease out detail, which I may have otherwise not noticed.


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Posted 27 April 2019 - 03:47 PM

I think you missread me.,I don't look at pretty pics online.,I said I "can" if I want too.,I already have books with pretty pics.,I got the guide hoping for some pics and some info.,at least a few basics like size.,magnitude.,and location.,maybe the letter code description many "guides" use.,I am not familiar with many of the objects in the guide so some of this info would have been very helpful.,This guide has very little of this.,

   I'm glad you and others are happy with it.,I was not.,cheers.,


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Posted 04 May 2019 - 10:45 AM

Very useful catalogue and guide!


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Posted 09 May 2019 - 04:36 PM

Thank you for sharing this I ended up picking up the field version of the guide, as well as the atlas desk edition. These two compliment each other so well and has really helped me at the scope. In stead of blindly picking targets now I know which I can see and which I cant. Thank you again
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Posted 23 June 2019 - 01:24 AM

I just received my copies of both books yesterday after saving the funds and I would like to say thank you for recommending them, they are a wonderful addition to the Pocket Sky Atlas which is also a fine atlas, the scale of the Deep Sky Atlas is fantastic and my little pocket atlas will stay at the scope and this one will stay at my desk. Again thanks for the review.

 

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Posted 11 July 2019 - 04:02 PM

I just purchased the "Interstellarum Deep Sky Guide Desk Edition - Spiral-bound " from Amazon.ca (11th July 2019 )   for Just $45.22 CDN !!!!!! that`s a 61% off the of the regular price of $114.95 CDN waytogo.gif waytogo.gif

 

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