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In this fresh list, Stephen James O'Meara presents 109 new objects for stargazers to observe. The Secret Deep list contains many exceptional objects, including a planetary nebula whose last thermal pulse produced a circumstellar shell similar to the one expected in the final days of our Sun's life; a piece of the only supernova remnant known visible to the unaided eye; the flattest galaxy known; the largest edge-on galaxy in the heavens; the brightest quasar; and the companion star to one of the first black hole candidates ever discovered. Each object is accompanied by beautiful photographs and sketches, original finder charts, visual histories and up-to-date astrophysical information to enrich the observing experience. Featuring galaxies, clusters and nebulae not covered in other Deep-Sky Companions books, this is a wonderful addition to the series and an essential guide for any deep-sky observer.Read more
- A fresh, new list of 109 deep-sky gazing challenges not previously featured in the Deep-Sky Companions series
- Features many amazing objects, including the flattest galaxy known and the companion star to one of the first black hole candidates ever discovered
- Filled with beautiful photographs and sketches and O'Meara's original finder charts and directions to finding the objects
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"O'Meara is an exceptionally talented observer, and he shares for most objects the equipment he used and his notes on how the object appeared to him. He also distills the astrophysical literature with the care one would expect from a veteran columnist, and provides the reader with both a historical view of his targets' importance to the field and the most recent results on their unique nature. The book will be most useful as a cover-to-cover read as well." -C. Palma, CHOICESee more reviews
"Observers up for some new challenges will enjoy the detailed descriptions and background information for each of the 109." - Terence Dickinson, SkyNews, November/December 2012
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- Date Published: August 2011
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521198769
- length: 498 pages
- dimensions: 261 x 183 x 29 mm
- weight: 1.2kg
- contains: 435 b/w illus.
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. About this book
2. The secret deep
Appendix A. The secret deep: basic data
Appendix B. Twenty additional secret deep objects
Appendix C. Deep-sky lists: comparison table
Appendix D. Photo credits
The Secret Deep checklist.
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