Observing Handbook and Catalogue of Deep-Sky Objects
A detailed and comprehensive guide to observing the deep sky, this is the most detailed guide available in a single volume. Information and descriptions for more than 2000 galaxies, nebulae and star clusters was meticulously researched and checked for this book, removing the common transcription errors in other catalogues. The objects range from those visible in binoculars to faint galaxies requiring a 30 cm telescope, and most descriptions are given for a range of telescope apertures. An essential reference for telescope users.
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The "Observing Handbook and Catalogue of Deep-Sky Objects" is an extremely well organized compendium of useful data. Concise, bloat-free and to the point, the information is easy to read and void of useless drivel or editorial content. Organized by constellation, it makes finding and identification of targets easy by describing whether or not an instrument is up to the task, and exactly what to expect at the eyepiece through 6, 10 and 12 inch telescopes.
With this reference work, the average amateur with an average scope does not have to sift through a slew of targets he can't view. It's small footprint makes it an ideal reference for field work, specially if one travels to observe. Out of the sky's 88 constellations, 68 of them north of the -50° declination are included in this work, covering over 2050 objects. Caveat: It doesn't cover the whole southern sky, so people "down under" will only have limited use for it.
This work has allowed me to find and positively identify more targets than anything else out there. Both manually and with a Go-To scope, it's a tool I no longer go without. While using a well aligned Go-To system, this book has allowed me to actually observe unbelievably long lists of targets in a single night. I firmly believe it to be astronomy's best kept secret. A most potent tool to aid amateur observers find and identify more targets in less time. I believe anyone without it is missing out on a seriously helpful, publication.
I highly recommend it.
Finderscopes and finding
Lighting and the recording of notes
Observing sites for the survey
Deepsky data sources
Notes on references for deepsky observers
Appendix of double stars