Popular Astronomy

The Star Atlas Companion

What you need to know about the Constellations

Authors: Bagnall, Philip M.

  • Filled with diagrams and important information, this book is unique in that it acts as a companion to traditional star atlases rather than being a star atlas itself
  • Shows stars as they really look, including their sizes, colors, and brightness levels and shows the relative distances between stars
  • Demonstrates the dynamics of constellations, i.e., how their appearance changes over time
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About this book

Conventional star atlases are great for locating constellations and individual stars but The Star Atlas Companion goes one step further and describes the physical properties of more than 1,100 stars. With the aid of scale diagrams, the reader can get a real sense of the sizes, shapes, distances, and surface features of many of the stars visible to the naked eye in both the Nothern and Southern Hemispheres. Information on their rotational velocities and periods is given together with their spectral type and luminosity. Binary and multiple star systems are explained in detail. Special mention is made of Barnard's, Kapteyn's, Kepler's, and Van Maanen's Stars and the properties of many open clusters are given. With its emphasis on helping the amateur astronomer gain a better understanding of what they are looking at. The Star Atlas Companion will provide a new dimension to observing the star and is an invaluable supplement to any star atlas.


About the authors

Philip Bagnall, an amateur astronomer, has previously been published in The Meteorite & Tektite Collector's Handbook (William-Bell, 1991), and in the 1980s and 1990s he was a regular contributor to Astronomy magazine on meteors. but he has also written on a freelance basis for various other science magazines including New Scientist, Focus, Earth, and Science PROBE! He is a former Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, former member of the British Astronomical Association, the Meteoritical Society, and the British Association of Science Writers.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“The Star Atlas Companion is a necessary addition to every amateur astronomer who is interested in how the stars and star clusters one might observe with a small to medium telescope would actually appear. … this book is helpful for planning your observations and finding out more about the stars and constellations … . It contains a lot of information, possibly more than some of the smart computerized guidance systems that some telescopes have.” (Kadri Tinn, AstroMadness.com, April, 2014)

“The Star Atlas Companion fills an important niche. Targeted for the amateur astronomer, the book provides detailed information on the thousands of stars that make up the constellations; many star atlases do not feature this level of granularity. … The writing is detailed, straightforward, and well suited to an amateur audience; useful black-and-white illustrations on each constellation support the text. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates and general audiences.” (P. J. West, Choice, Vol. 50 (4), December, 2012)

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Buy this book

eBook $34.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-0830-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $44.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-0829-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Star Atlas Companion
Book Subtitle
What you need to know about the Constellations
Authors
Series Title
Popular Astronomy
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-0830-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-0830-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-0829-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 486
Number of Illustrations and Tables
211 b/w illustrations
Topics