Philip's Complete Guide to Stargazing by Robin Scagell

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This book is an expanded version of my Night Sky Atlas. It includes a basic star atlas that will help you find your way around the sky. Each star map is presented in two forms – one realistic that resembles the real sky, and one on the opposite page with labels and other details.
There is also a simple guide to observing and detailed descriptions of 40 major constellations with photos and drawings of what you can see in each.

This version also contains much more material about the actual types of objects that you are looking at, with the emphasis on the objects that you can see in the night sky. There are numerous photographs taken by both amateurs and major telescopes

Tables and other information for readers

In some places the book refers to this site to provide more detailed information than is possible in the limited space available in the book. Below you can find much more information about the specific topics.

Should updates be needed, I'll put them here as well.

Chapter 2
Equation of Time
Positions of the planets

Chapter 3
Collimating your telescope

Choosing a telescope (on the Stargazing with your Telescope site)

Chapter 5
Aurora web sites

Chapter 7
Positions of the planets


Page 131
Most of the stars in NGC 2451 are of magnitude 5 or 6, rather than 8 or 10.

Page 138
The starmap of Ursa Major contains a spurious label to Spica, which is actually in Virgo, and a mysterious constellation called 'Other' which of course does not exist.  It should be Draco.

Page 141
Recent values for the age of M67 now put it at about 4 billion years rather than 10 billion, while M44 is around 730 million years.

Feedback If you spot any more errors or would like to make a comment, please email me.

This page last updated January 2009

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