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Deep-Sky Companions: Southern Gems

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  • Date Published: May 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107015012

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  • In Southern Gems, Stephen James O'Meara makes a detour beneath the southern skies, presenting a fresh list of 120 deep-sky objects for southern hemisphere stargazers to observe. Showcasing many exceptional objects catalogued by the pioneering observer James Dunlop, known as the 'Messier of the southern skies', all are visible through small- to moderate-sized telescopes or binoculars under dark skies. The list features some of the blackest dark nebulae, icy blue planetary nebulae and magnificent galaxies of all types. Each object is accompanied by beautiful photographs and sketches, original finder charts, visual histories and up-to-date astrophysical background information. Whether you live in the southern hemisphere or are just visiting, this new Deep-Sky Companion will make a perfect observing partner, whatever your background. There is no other southern sky guide like it on the market.

    • 120 southern deep-sky objects covered in detail with 42 additional objects, giving sky gazers a fresh new list of deep-sky objects to observe
    • Detailed instructions on how best to find and observe the objects
    • Detailed information includes object's history and up-to-date astrophysical information, helping stargazers, teachers and researchers better understand the objects being observed
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    'Wonderful entertainment …' Astronomy Now

    'Here is an exceptional deep-sky armchair and field book for amateur astronomers. Not only do you get an interesting selection of deep-sky objects, but the added bonus of well-researched, in-depth background information for each object too … This book certainly has something for everyone.' The Observatory

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107015012
    • length: 450 pages
    • dimensions: 260 x 185 x 28 mm
    • weight: 1.27kg
    • contains: 204 b/w illus. 114 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. How to use this book
    2. The southern gems
    Appendix A. Southern gems: basic data
    Appendix B. Forty-two additional southern gems in Dunlop's catalogue
    Appendix C. A brief history of early telescopic exploration of the far-southern skies
    Appendix D. Photo credits
    The southern gems checklist
    Index
    Wide-field star charts.

  • Author

    Stephen James O'Meara
    Stephen James O'Meara is the author of several highly acclaimed books, including others in the celebrated Deep-Sky Companions series, and is well known among the astronomical community for his engaging and informative writing style and for his remarkable skills as a visual observer. O'Meara spent much of his early career on the editorial staff of Sky and Telescope before joining Astronomy magazine as its Secret Sky columnist and a contributing editor. An award-winning visual observer, he was the first person to sight Halley's Comet on its return in 1985 and the first to determine visually the rotation period of Uranus. One of his most distinguished feats was the visual detection of the mysterious spokes in Saturn's B-ring before spacecraft imaged them. Among his achievements, O'Meara has received the prestigious Lone Stargazer Award, the Omega Centauri Award and the Caroline Herschel Award. Asteroid 3637 was named O'Meara in his honor by the International Astronomical Union. In his spare time, he travels the world to document volcanic eruptions. He is a contract videographer for National Geographic Digital Motion and a contract photographer for the National Geographic Image Collection.

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