1,001 Celestial Wonders to See Before You Die: The Best Sky Objects for Star Gazers
1,001 Celestial Wonders is a guide to the night sky's brightest and most fascinating objects. Each target is accessible to amateur astronomers using medium-sized telescopes from a dark site. In fact, many are so bright they remain visible under moderate light pollution, as from the outskirts of a city or the suburbs of a town. The book provides a chronological target list, making it easy to use. No matter what night you choose, this book will show you many of the most memorable objects to observe, whether you are using a small telescope or even binoculars, or an instrument of larger aperture. This is far more than just a list of interesting objects. It is structured so that objects of various observing difficulty are included, which will help readers become better observers, both encouraging beginners and challenging long-time amateur astronomers. This book is designed to be easy-to-use at the telescope, and observers will appreciate each object's standardized layout and the book's chronological organization. Finally, many amateur astronomers function best when presented with a list! Even the Meade Autostar« controller features a 'best tonight' list (although the list is far less comprehensive and detailed than the catalog provided in this book), a feature that has proved extremely popular. 1,001 Celestial Wonders offers a life-list of objects any observer would be proud to complete.
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12-inch scope 8-inch telescope Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF OBJECT Alpha aperture ascension Declination Magnitude Astronomy magazine Barred spiral galaxy Beta binoculars brightest star Canes Venatici Cassiopeia cluster Other name Coma Berenices common name Constellation Right ascension core crank dark dark nebula dozen stars east of magnitude east-northeast of magnitude Elliptical galaxy Emission nebula Epsilon eyepiece faint fainter field of view Galaxy Cluster galaxy NGC galaxy Other name galaxy’s Gamma g Globular cluster glow larger scope larger telescope light-years look magnitude 3.8 Magnitude Size Type Messier nebula filter nebula Other name north-northeast northeast northwest of magnitude object lies observers Ophiuchus oval Planetary nebula reflection nebula Right ascension Declination Sagittarius Scorpius shines at magnitude sits sky’s small telescope southeast southwest spiral arms spot surface brightness target lies telescope at 200┬ Type Double star Type Globular cluster Type NGC Type Open cluster Type Planetary nebula Type Spiral galaxy Ursa Major west-southwest of magnitude