Philip's Night Sky Atlas by Robin Scagell

Cover of Night Sky Atlas
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This is a star atlas for beginners to astronomy. 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.

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 1
Equation of Time
Positions of the planets

Chapter 2
Collimating your telescope

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

Chapter 3
Positions of the planets

Chapter 6

Aurora web sites

Latest info on the solar system
Sky software

Errors in and chenges to 2009 edition
Page 56
Second column, bottom line
Change web address to

Page 68
First paragraph, last line. Change web address to

Errors in 2004 edition (corrected in 2009 edition)

Page 65
Observing Saturn, end of first para: Change website to

Page 84
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 111
Most of the stars in NGC 2451 are of magnitude 5 or 6, rather than 8 or 10.

Page 118
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 February 2012

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