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Illustrates exactly what deep sky objects actually look like when observed, not as they look with enhanced imaging and processing
Provides various techniques to help develop the reader's observing skills, as well as tips to improve sketching and recording
Challenges observers to push the limits of their own observations
How many times have you ‘found’ a deep sky object (DSO), ticked it off the list, and moved on, or used the ‘Tour’ function on your GO-TO ‘scope and said, ‘Oh that’s a just a smudge’ or ‘Can’t see it – I’ll move on to the next one.’ If this has happened to you, then this book is for you. It will challenge you to go back to the ‘smudge’ and really look. Can you see the faint wisp or the detail in the southeastern corner? Can you see the small cluster within the cluster? Try to classify the open cluster for yourself. Compare it to the ‘accepted’ Trumpler classification.
Whether you have a GO-TO ‘scope or not, this book gets you to rediscover one of the great things that got you into this hobby in the first place – looking through the eyepiece of a telescope. So pack away the DSLR, CCD camera, the guide ‘scope, and laptop and open your pencil case! You’re in for some fun!
Content Level »Popular/general
Keywords »Amateur observing activities - CCD - Deep sky observing - Deep sky visual astronomy guide - Observing galaxies and nebulae - Stars and galaxies - Understanding deep sky objects - Visual optical astronomy - deepsky eyepiece images