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eBook Guide to the Stars ePub

eBook Guide to the Stars ePub

by Ken Graun

  • ISBN: 1928771017
  • Category: Astronomy and Space Science
  • Subcategory: Math Science
  • Author: Ken Graun
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Ken Press; 5th Edition edition (January 15, 2013)
  • ePub book: 1102 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1482 kb
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  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 651


Ken Graun is author of six star charts and the popular astronomy books, What's Out Tonight?, Touring the Universe and The Next Step: Finding and Viewing Messier's Objects

Ken Graun is author of six star charts and the popular astronomy books, What's Out Tonight?, Touring the Universe and The Next Step: Finding and Viewing Messier's Objects.

Ken Graun is the author of six star charts and the popular astronomy books, What's Out Tonight?, Touring the Universe and The Next Step: Finding and Viewing Messier's Objects

Ken Graun is the author of six star charts and the popular astronomy books, What's Out Tonight?, Touring the Universe and The Next Step: Finding and Viewing Messier's Objects.

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Publisher : Ken Press 2017-06-01. ISBN-10 : 192877122X. ISBN-13 : 9781928771227.

friendly style invites beginning stargazers to relax, follow the chart's easy to use instructions and slowly begin the fascinating task of finding the constellations.

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Also, the sky might try to tease you. Is there a bright star that does not appear anywhere on the chart? It’s probably not a star at all, but a planet like Venus, Mars, Jupiter, or Saturn

The 5th edition (published 2013) of the 16-inch diameter plastic Guide to the Stars chart is an instrument to help you identify the constellations. You simply dial-in your observing time and date to find the set of constellations visible in your sky (this is accomplished by turning the clear top piece). Although this chart is designed for beginners, seasoned amateur astronomers will find it useful, too.

This chart can be used anywhere in the world between latitudes 30 and 60 degrees North, which includes the US and Canada, England, Europe, Northern China and Japan.

The 16-inch diameter is large and easy to read, ideal for families, teachers and seniors! The 5th edition has been improved by indicating more binocular objects and providing more pertinent information on the back, all without increasing clutter or decreasing the text size.

The front chart indicates 70 Constellations, the Names of 55 Stars, the Milky Way Band, the Ecliptic (which is the path of the Sun, Moon and Planets), 54 favorite Double Stars, the Summer Triangle, Winter/Summer Tours and 56 Galaxies, Star Clusters and Nebulae that can be observed with binoculars or a small telescope. Additionally, favorite star patterns are noted, like the Great Square of Pegasus, the Circlet of Pisces, the Northern Cross of Cygnus and others.

On the back side, there are useful tables and other astronomical information, including: Mythology, Yearly Meteor Showers, Moon map, Phases of the Moon, Facts about the Planets, A Short history of Astronomy, the 10 Brightest Stars, Information about the Binocular & Telescope Objects (those on the chart), Why Stars Twinkle, additional instructions for using the chart and more.

PLANET NOTE. Most star charts, like this one, do not indicate, on the chart, the position of the Planets or Moon because these objects move through the constellations of the zodiac, along a path in the sky called the Ecliptic (indicated on the chart). Website support is provided to help identify the planets that are visible in the sky.

This chart is also available in a smaller 11-inch diameter (ISBN 1928771-033). And, there is a low-cost kid's version printed in color on sturdy card-like paper (ISBN 1928771-22X), as well as the Equatorial Guide to the Stars for use in and around the equator (ISBN 1928771-777). Finally, there is the Celestial Atlas Menor, 128 pages chock-full of star charts and tables (ISBN 978-1928771883).


Dianazius Dianazius
This is awesome. Very large and easy to read and just one of the most interesting educational things to have. My husband sits outside at night in our back yard with our dogs. While they're running around in the yard (fenced in), he's using this and his little flash light. Now he's naming all the star formations... and he's loving it. Definitely a fun item to have around with kids and especially teenagers... they are all drawn to this wheel map. I love looking myself. Great size, sturdy and well made!
Crazy Crazy
I bought this to replace my Night Sky planisphere because I found that it was a tad too small and difficult to read at night. The Guide to Stars is bigger, but not by as much as you might think. While it is physically almost twice as large, it extends further to the horizon, which is not that useful IMO. Spica is 85 mm from Polaris on The Night Sky planisphere, and 114mm on the Guide to Stars planisphere, about 33% larger. Personally I like the Night Sky planisphere because it's easier to hold in one hand while you are fumbling with eyepieces and focusers, but if you have any trouble reading fine print, I'd definitely go with the Guide to Stars.
Angana Angana
A easy way to learn about constellations. It's a helpful model in explaining how the stars we see in the night sky will change based on the date and time. This was a gift along with Night Sky Playing Cards The star wheel was a much bigger hit.
kinder kinder
I love this planisphere. There's a lot of information packed into it which is very useful at the telescope or with binocs. I like the size as well. You can lineup your objects and then put the guide on your table in the field and use it to find many objects in one sitting. It works for me.
Buzalas Buzalas
Pretty durable, but also pretty large. I use to buy smaller, heavy paper versions which I preferred. Those also had planet information covering several years-which planets were in which constellations (obviously planets move over time). This has no planet info although I guess one could transfer on-line info onto Guide. Marker may even wipe off. Not sure if it has meteor shower dates. Gift for 10 year old. He hasn't seemed that excited and I didn't use it for very long. 3 1/2 stars more accurate and good quality matches reasonable cost.
Olelifan Olelifan
This is the one to get!

Easy to read. Many details and features. The basic details/facts on the front and the back are a good set of informative facts for beginners.

The only "problem" I have is that it could be a little smaller! (not really that bad).

I have in fact put a finishing nail in my wall and "hung" this by its center ring as kind of "artwork" (my wife wouldn't call it that) that I can take down and actually use. I suppose if you were so "Pinterested" you could make some kind of picture frame with background color/pattern/texture to offset the bold colors and make a nice wall feature which you would actually have a use for.

IMO, this is MUCH better for beginners than the "two-sided" planetspheres. I find those two sided models to be confusing as one is flipping back and forth. I do own one of those too, for what that's worth. I wish, however, that I had bought this one FIRST.
Azago Azago
Who puts a piece of tape on the clear part of this product, so when you pull it off, it leaves the tape resedue there to get dirty? Amazon, that's who. The guide itself physically dirty as if it was in the floor. That's annoying.

Fortunately, aside from some dirt, it's in good shape. It's a bit of an adjustment to get used to it. I live in a relatively dark area, but one that has a lot of trees. This is a great tool even to help figure out in a partially blocked sky. I bought it to help me find things with my telescope and binoculars for sky viewing, and I suggest it for anyone. I'm just not sure you should buy it from Amazon as I did unless having it be in need of some windex doesn't annoy you as much as it does me.

UPDATE (9/22/12): I have used this now for a few nights, and am finally getting the hang of it. It took a while to line up the stars with what I was seeing, and Google Sky Maps(GSM) was a big help to confirm what was what. I use this to star hop with my 120mm refractor and my 9x63 binoculars. Once I finally got myself aligned, it became easy to find things like Andromeda. Using this guide, it is MUCH easier to find things in the sky. I does take a while, but it is totally worth the investment. To me, I think it's a good companion to GSM, because GSM can help you put the names to what you are seeing. Once I got confident in what I was seeing, then I used the guide more than GSM. GSM is still fantastic to help you find planets. I was able to find Uranus last night as well, but couldn't find Andromeda Galaxy all that well until I figured this guide out. Now, with the guide, it's easy. It really just takes time to orient to the sky as the map shows it. I am new to astronomy; I've had the scope for 6 months, and the binoculars for a few years.
Looking forward to using it with my new sextant. Large 16" diameter makes it a bit awkward to handle. Have ordered the smaller one for camping and backpacking trips. Would have been nice if the zodiac constellations used red dots for the stars. Ditto the big dipper. There is considerable info around the perimeter that is completely obliterated by the opacity of the time ring background which should have been half toned if not left clear. A stupid error for a company well known and respected for this product. Radial lines from the time scale on the perimeter to the center [north star] would be helpful for those wanting to become proficient at telling time via the change in the big dipper position during the night.