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#1 Paul67

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Posted 03 August 2020 - 08:40 AM

Hi all I've taken the advice of some members on a previous post and have Sky Safari on my phone. I know tablet is probably better but the only tablet I have is Amazon Fire and Sky Safari is not compatible.

I would like to get a Star Atlas/Map book but have no idea what to get. I am a complete novice but would like to get a book that has enough detail to help with star hopping but not too much detail showing a myriad of stars leading to confusion. Any suggestion would be most welcolm.

#2 gene 4181

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Posted 03 August 2020 - 09:40 AM

  Bright Star Atlas by Tirion and Skiff ,


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Posted 03 August 2020 - 09:48 AM

Pocket Sky Atlas from Sky & Telescope:

https://www.shopatsk...t-sky-atlas-new

https://www.shopatsk...t-sky-atlas-new

 

The Observer's Sky Atlas, Karkoschka

https://www.springer...k/9780387485379

preview: https://www.pdfdrive...e158646468.html

 

Free downloads that you can print:

http://takitoshimi.starfree.jp/

http://www.deepskywa...nter-atlas.html


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#4 JamesDuffey

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Posted 03 August 2020 - 09:56 AM

I have posted this before, but I don’t think it hurts to repeat. This is a nice free star atlas for beginners that, with stars only to magnitude 5.5, avoids confusion from the myriad of dimmer stars. It is organized well.

 

John O’Hanley has put together a nice star atlas to magnitude 5.5. It is a free PDF to download, or you can order a printed copy from LULU. It is a good beginners atlas as it doesn’t overwhelm one with lots of stars. It was motivated by the old Edmunds Magnitude 5.5 Star Atlas, which introduced many to the sky and served as a jumping off point to more detailed atlases.

John’s cloudy nights post on the project

< https://www.cloudyni...nstellations/ >

And the download site.

https://github.com/j...master/versions >

It is free, it is paper, and it is more than worth a try. - Duffey


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#5 JustAnotherScott

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Posted 03 August 2020 - 10:40 AM

I have this one based on everyones recommendations and love it. Easy to use and not excessively cluttered.
 



#6 John Carlini

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Posted 03 August 2020 - 11:34 AM

+1. It's my favorite one for planning....



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Posted 03 August 2020 - 11:44 AM

+1 for the Sky & Telescope Pocket Sky Atlas, Jumbo Edition is nice with its 1/4" = 1o scale.


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#8 Paul67

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Posted 03 August 2020 - 12:10 PM

Thanks everyone for replying.

I somehow knew The S&T Pocket Sky Atlas would be the high recommendation. Here in the UK for some reason it's like rocking horse doodah. If anyone in the UK can tell me where to get a copy I'd be interested.

JamesDuffey: the links in your post don't work. The external link opens a new blank page. The CN link cannot be clicked on.

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Posted 03 August 2020 - 12:55 PM

An used 7" Nexus 2013 Android Tablet is about $60 on ebay.

Could be a dedicated Astro Tablet with the Sky Safari you already bought.

 

https://www.ebay.com...AM/133475320475

 

If you do want a paper atlas, the ones Beggarly mentioned are quite popular

 

http://takitoshimi.starfree.jp/

http://www.deepskywa...nter-atlas.html

 

If you have a printer, you could just print the relevant pages for a night. (or load the pdf on your Amazon Fire).


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#10 JamesDuffey

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Posted 03 August 2020 - 01:13 PM


JamesDuffey: the links in your post don't work. The external link opens a new blank page. The CN link cannot be clicked on.

Paul

Sorry Paul, I have updated the links. Sorry for sending you on a wild goose chase. They should work now. - Duffey



#11 Paul67

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Posted 04 August 2020 - 12:46 PM

Cheers hcf. A second hand tablet dedicated to Sky Safari might well be the way forward.

JamesDuffey both links are working well now.
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Posted 05 August 2020 - 12:08 AM

Another vote for the Bright Star Atlas

https://www.willbell...tlas/atlas1.htm



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Posted 05 August 2020 - 05:10 AM

I like Interstellarum.

It's also easier to get hold of outside the USA than the Sky & Telescope Pocket Sky Atlas.



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Posted 05 August 2020 - 09:38 AM

The Cambridge Star Atlas is what I use and its pretty good



#15 JamesDuffey

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Posted 05 August 2020 - 12:11 PM

 Paul - I think the atlas is worth a look and the price is right - just the cost to print out. Anyway, it is a good first atlas as it is very useful without having to sift through lots of stars that an confuse you. Once you get comfortable using the atlas you can graduate to a more sophisticated one. But it is a good atlas to start with.

 

Glad to hear the links are working. Thanks for the update. - Duffey

Cheers hcf. A second hand tablet dedicated to Sky Safari might well be the way forward.

JamesDuffey both links are working well now.



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Posted 05 August 2020 - 12:38 PM

The combination of the Bright Star Atlas 2000.0 and the Pocket Sky Atlas is a good one.  The former provides wider swaths of the sky and object lists, while the latter goes "deep" enough to keep a novice busy for a long time,.
 

There's more information on star atlases and other topics in my post at https://www.cloudyni...mers/?p=5184287



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Posted 13 August 2020 - 12:29 AM

New editions of Pocket Sky Atlas: https://skyandtelesc...as-2nd-edition/


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Posted 13 August 2020 - 04:26 AM

Anybody have a lead on where to get the latest S&T pocket atlas anywhere in Europe?




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