View Full Version : What is the "Must Have" sky atlas?

2008-Mar-27, 03:11 PM
I have Cartes Du Ciel on my laptop, however, it is being REALLY finicky, so i do not want to take it with me. It has been a while since I have been out observing, but this weekend, I plan on dusting off my binoculars and cleaning/tuning up a 4" newtonian.

So that said, I am wondering, what is the number one sky atlas that is the must have book? to take to the field?

Dave Mitsky
2008-Mar-27, 03:31 PM
The Bright Star Atlas 2000.0 (http://www.willbell.com/atlas/atlas1.htm) is an inexpensive atlas that's easy to use and is appropriate for binoculars and small aperture telescopes. (Also worth considering is the Edmund Mag 6 Star Altas (http://scientificsonline.com/product.asp?pn=3009611&bhcd2=1206631627).) Sky & Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas (http://www.shopatsky.com/prodinfo.asp?number=59317) is a bit more expensive but goes "deeper" and is very handy to use in the field. The next step up would be the magnitude 8.5 Sky Atlas 2000.0 (http://www.shopatsky.com/prodinfo.asp?number=46875).

For further information, see http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/network/2005/07/18/staratlases.html

Dave Mitsky

2008-Mar-27, 05:52 PM
Sky Atlas 2000.0 is the one I was looking for, I think

2008-Mar-27, 08:42 PM
Sky Atlas 2000.0 is the one I was looking for, I think

It comes in different versions. I like the black on white laminated one for use outdoors. I used to use the white on black, but I like to me able to mark on it with a Sharpie pen.

2008-Mar-27, 11:42 PM
Uranometria 2000.0 rocks. It has every deep sky object you could ever imagine. I should probably save up for the companion guide.

2008-Mar-28, 12:14 AM
I do not recommend any hard-bound atlas for field work. Loose charts or spiral bound are best. For example I have SkyAtlas 2000.0 by Wil Tirion and Roger Sinnot. It is spiral bound and lies flat in the field. But...

It is a pain because the charts fold out making it difficult to flip between charts. I also find these atlases better suited to binocular astronomy. Telescopic fields are too narrow and often too detailed to be easily correlated to a chart position. They are good for 'ballpark' finding. For this reason I will use software of my own design for detailed "finding" or verification of observations.


2008-Mar-28, 12:48 PM
Pocket Sky Atlas would be my must have.
SA2000, a should have, is a masterpiece meant to be sprawled out
across a table.
PSA is the handheld version that still takes us through the Herschel 400.

I just saw it at Amazon for $9. If the OP doesn't grab it I will.