OWL Astronomy Products
Beautifully illustrated hardcover book of 352 pages.
With full color maps to help to find these famous objects.
|This book starts with the history of Messier's and other observer's search for deep-sky objects. Tips on finding and observing
each of these objects is given in their descriptions. You can find these using the large series of full color maps. Also included in
these charts are special charts for the cluttered area near Sagittarius and the Virgo galaxy cluster areas.|
This lovely hardcover book is 8.5" wide X 7.25" tall. Each object is then covered on a large, 17" wide X 7.25", double-page spread.
Let us use one of these objects, M42, as an example of how each object is covered
Each object is shown on at least 3 maps. These maps show the sky at different times of the year.
On the example map (Chart H) above, Orion with M42 is shown near the center of this map.
M42 is also shown on Chart F and summary Chart B.
|For a high resolution view of several pages of this beautiful book, we have a Adobe PDF file available.|
NOTE: This file is slightly larger than 7 MB. If you have a slow modem connection, it will take a while to download.
|Using this book and a telescope of 4 inch or larger, you will be able to find and observe all of the Messier deep-sky objects
under a reasonably dark sky. The great thing about the author of this book using a 4 inch telescope is that you can hope to
reproduce what he sees and describes. Many author's use much larger telescopes than you may have which makes their descriptions
of no great use to you until you get a larger scope. We like this book so well that we will always carry it in our store.|
The Next Step: Finding and Viewing
Messier's Objects by Ken Graun
The cover of this great book. This is a large field guide: 10-1/2" wide X 10-1/2" tall (26.7 cm X 26.7 cm).
It is spiral bound to lay flat and plastic coated for moisture resistance.
|This book covers essentially everything in the hobby of astronomy. It starts with an "armchair"
tour of the universe. This starts with a brief discussion of the planets, moons, and the rest of the solar system. It then goes on to
give a description of all the types of objects outside the solar system. That includes a description of stars, nebula, clusters,
and galaxies. Actual pages from this portion of the book is available in detail in the following:
CLICK HERE. This file is about 1 MB so it will take a little time to download if
you are using a dial-up modem.
The next portion of this books discusses observing with the naked eye, binoculars, and telescopes. There are tips to choosing binoculars and telescopes. The different types of telescopes and binoculars and things to avoid are stressed.
The next section of the book includes the star charts. A facing pages of these are shown below.
The left side of the chart page is the actual star chart.
The facing right side lists that pages deep sky objects.
The inset map of the Virgo Galaxy Cluster is shown below.
|The detailed star charts open up into a large 21" wide X 10-1/2" tall (53.4 cm X 26.7 cm)
spread. On each star chart page the chart is on the left and the facing page has details of deep sky objects on the opposite page. A total
of 112 of the best deep sky objects are described in detail. The above map is centered on the constellation Virgo. On areas that are very
crowded, like in the Virgo Galaxy Cluster, additional maps are included to show the details of these areas.
The charts are large as mentioned (10-1/2" X 10-1/2") and sharp. It was necessary to reduce the size here to keep this
web page loading reasonably fast. To get a view of these chart pages a little larger check below. Remember that this page has large
graphics and will take a while to load if you have a dial-up modem.
Following the star charts, details on observing the moon, planets, and meteor showers are given. A detailed moon map is included along with hints on observing the moon. Dates of all moon phases are listed up to 2017 as well as details on both lunar and solar eclipses. The listing of solar eclipses concludes with the Great Solar Eclipse of 2017 that will be visible from most of the United States.
Data for observing the planets are then discussed. The opposition dates for Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are given up to 2017 as well as the most favorable observing dates for Mercury and Venus. Observing details include a Mars map and feature lists on Jupiter and Saturn. Notes on finding Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are given.
This section concludes with a list of major meteor showers and a discussion of famous comets and aurora. All together this is a great book to use when you are getting started as well as a handy reference even after you are an expert.
|Touring the Universe by Ken Graun|
Last Updated November 30, 2011