The interstellarum Deep Sky Atlas set a new high standard for modern celestial cartography. The same team now presents the interstellarum Deep Sky Guide, its unique observing companion.
Taking an intuitive visual approach, for each spread of the Atlas, the Guide focuses on carefully selected objects, either as colored composite POSS plates or through the authors’ own sketches. Both allow you to estimate the visibility of features in the telescope while planning observations. Stars and other objects in the vicinity are
highlighted, so they also serve as finder charts at night. An index map on each spread allows you to quickly find each object’s location in the Atlas.
The interstellarum Deep Sky Guide takes all the hassle out of preparing for observing sessions – there’s no need to print star charts or photos. Simply grab your Atlas and your Guide, and go observe!
• 2362 deep-sky objects shown, with catalog number, object type, constellation, and nickname
• Short descriptions provided, along with observational hints, e.g. filter and magnification recommendations
• 1729 color finder charts, using red and blue channels of Palomar Observatory Sky Survey II plates, on a white background
• For the POSS plates, objects’ red features are visible in white light, but become invisible under red light conditions, as perceived through the eyepiece
• 821 detailed pencil drawings made by the authors, presented in black-on-white, provide the best approximation of what may be seen visually
• Page numbers are identical to the charts in the interstellarum Deep Sky Atlas for easy and quick navigation
• Can also be used to complement other atlases and online resources.
I know Ronald Stoyan and Uwe Glahn for more than a decade as very skilled and careful visual observers with a more-than-profound knowledge of the Deep-Sky universe beyond the Messier and NGC/IC standards. In particular, their outstanding talent expresses itself by their detailed, aesthetic but yet naturalistic sketches of all kinds of astronomical objects which I often use as references for my own observations.
The Deep Sky Guide – their latest opus - bundles these strengths in a novel, highly innovative manner. Its layout combined with the excellent selection of observing targets makes this guidebook not only the perfect field companion for the interstellarum Deep Sky Atlas but generally, a unique resource for visual observers eager to dive into the immense beauty of the night skies. (Matthias Kronberger)