Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Sky & Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas


Astronomy:  Observation help

A must for every amateur astronomer.
Sky & Telescope developed this atlas for the amateur astronomer. 
Sky & Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas by Roger W. Sinnott (c) 2006 Sky Publishing Corporation, Cambridge, Mass, USA. ISBN 1-931559-31-7

Summary

Pros:
  • Small and light, easy to hold with one hand while observing. (16 X 23 cm)
  • Printed on thick heavy stock with smooth, glare-free finish.
  • Generous amounts of overlap between adjacent charts.
  • Easy to lay flat or fold back on itself.
  • Charts are well thought out and well laid out.
  • Green stick figures of constellations provide additional context for individual charts.
  • Chart key is easy to find on inside of back cover.
  • Commonly used information (chart key and legend) is repeated at regular intervals.
  • Close up charts show further detail in areas of particular interest to amateurs.
  • Excellent for starhopping in light polluted skies
  • Vir die Noordelike halfrond ontwerp - Alles omgekeer in die Suide, maar steeds `n winskoop. (Hannes)
    Cons:
    • Not sure of durability after repeated exposure to dew
    • May not have enough detail for effective starhopping under dark rural skies
      Available from local online suppliers

      Loot  (R142 + R22 delivery)  (Goedkoopste!)
      Take Two (R142 + delivery cost)
      Kalahari.net (R176.76 + delivery cost)

      Also from Sky & Telescope  $19 +  $9.99 delivery cost)
      or Amazon  $13.57  delivery cost)

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