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The Complete Guide to the Herschel Objects

The Complete Guide to the Herschel Objects
Sir William Herschel's Star Clusters, Nebulae and Galaxies

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  • Date Published: October 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521768924

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  • Sir William Herschel's contributions to astronomy during the late eighteenth century are unrivaled. His lasting legacy is his dedicated all-sky survey of star clusters and nebulae, and these objects continue to be among the most studied in the night sky. This unique book provides a complete re-examination of Herschel's entire catalog of non-stellar discoveries, making it the most accurate and up-to-date reference of its kind. Retrace the footsteps of one of history's greatest astronomers and explore every one of Herschel's landmark discoveries, including those considered to be lost or non-existent. Read detailed notes about each object's appearance and physical characteristics, and view hundreds of photos of the most intriguing Herschel objects, along with dozens of sketches of what is visible at the eyepiece. This superb book is a must-have for amateur astronomers seeking new and exciting observing challenges, and as the ultimate reference on the Herschel objects. Additional resources, including a target list ordered by Herschel designation, are available to download from www.cambridge.org/9780521138178.

    • Accurate and up-to-date guide to Herschel's entire catalogue of non-stellar discoveries
    • Illustrated with hundreds of photos of the most intriguing Herschel objects and dozens of sketches of what is visible at the eyepiece
    • The perfect companion to The Cambridge Atlas of Herschel Objects by James Mullaney and Wil Tirion
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    "Deep-sky observers will appreciate this comprehensive guide that offers clear descriptions of the visual telescopic appearance of each one of the over 2400 Herschel objects. Wisely using NGC designations throughout, author Mark Bratton has produced a meticulous and highly useful contribution to amateur astronomy. Highly recommended." - Terence Dickinson, Editor, SkyNews magazine

    "Some books have already appeared about the 2500 deep sky objects discovered by William Herschel in the late eighteenth century, but Mark Bratton's 'The Complete Guide to the Herschel Objects' is an exceptional one. It comprehensively covers the subject, giving an inspiring combination of history, theory and practical observing. The historical part describes the pre-Herschel findings, Herschel's telescopes, observing methods and his many discoveries. This valuable information establishes the basis for Bratton's own observations of the Herschel objects, made with various telescopes from different sites. The presented results show his great experience as a visual observer. This well organized book is an important tool for anyone interested in deep sky objects, both from the historical and practical point of view." - Wolfgang Steinicke, author of “Observing and Cataloguing Nebulae and Star Clusters”

    "...as a guide to the Herschel objects this book is excellent. I would definitely recommend it to all deep sky observers and those interested in the historical aspect of deep sky observing, particularly William Herschel’s contribution. If you’re a serious deep sky observer who has advanced beyond the Messiers and are doing the Herschel Objects (the Herschel 400 is often viewed as the ‘next step’), then this book is for you. Highly recommended." - FJAstronomy.com

    "This is a book that doesn’t just come along once in a lifetime or once in a century, but once in two centuries. To my knowledge, not since William Herschel created his catalogs between 1786 and 1802 has there been a comprehensive volume written by someone who has personally observed each and every one of the Herschel objects (and like Herschel, without the aid of electronics). Add to this the fact that Mark Bratton is an “observer’s observer” who knows how to organize an observing book in a logical, straightforward manner...The book is organized by constellations, which for most observers, is the way they think of the sky. The illustrations are also organized in a useful way." - Paul Lawler, reviewer for cloudynights.com

    "...the catalogue of objects is a magnificent achievement that would have delighted William (and Caroline) Herschel." - Michael Hoskin, Journal for the History of Astronomy

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521768924
    • length: 592 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 195 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.4kg
    • contains: 600 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The telescope maker
    2. The deep sky before Herschel
    3. Surveyor of the skies
    4. The Herschel catalogue
    General references
    Index.

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    General ResourcesEye and Telescope v3.0: The Deep Sky Observing Plannerlinkn/aSort Order general resources general resources general resources general resources
    General ResourcesAnnouncement for the release of Eye and Telescope v3.2pdf14KB0 general resources general resources general resourcesgeneral resources
    General ResourcesComplementary MaterialList of Herschel Objects (printable version for use in the field)doc306KB1complementary material general resources complementary material general resourcescomplementary material
    General ResourcesComplementary MaterialList of Herschel Objects (Excel)xls354KB2complementary material general resources complementary material general resourcescomplementary material

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  • Author

    Mark Bratton, Webb Deep-Sky Society
    Mark Bratton has more than two decades of observational experience, and he is one of the few amateur astronomers to have succeeded in observing every one of the Herschel objects. He contributed to Night Sky: An Explore Your World Handbook (Discovery Books, 1999) and has written articles for several astronomical publications, including SkyNews magazine, Amateur Astronomy (US) and the Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. He is a member of the Webb Deep-Sky Society and the William Herschel Society.

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