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Pocket Sky Atlas

By Roger W. Sinnott

Format: Paperback

SKU# 59317

Our celestial atlases have been the standard by which all others are judged for more than half a century. Our Pocket Sky Atlas is the handiest and lowest-priced telescopic sky atlas around, while carrying forward our standards for expert design and greatest usability.

Pocket Sky Atlas is easy to take on trips and use at the telescope thanks to its compact size, convenient fold-back spiral binding, and easy-to-read charts and labels. Yet it’s everything you’ll need in a serious sky atlas until you’re an advance practitioner going very deep.

Pocket Sky Atlas features 80 charts covering the entire celestial sphere. It plots the 30,796 stars down to visual magnitude 7.6, precision-sized by brightness. That’s five times as many stars as you can see with the naked eye under a perfect dark sky, and all you can detect in typical binoculars or a high-quality finderscope.

Plotted among the stars is a carefully chosen selection of 1,500 deep-sky treasures: all galaxies brighter than magnitude 11.5, globular clusters brighter than 10.5, planetary nebulae brighter than about 12, all leading nebulae both bright and dark, and all of the popular Herschel 500 list even if they didn’t meet these criteria. Also indicated are good visual double stars, significantly variable stars, and 55 deep-red carbon stars.

Additional close-up charts go deeper at larger scale in the Orion’s Sword area, the Pleiades, the Virgo Galaxy Cluster, and the Large Magellanic Cloud. (The Jumbo Edition has six additional closeup charts.)

Fully explained and indexed—including exactly how to use star charts with a telescope.   

Perfect for experienced observers and beginners alike, Sky & Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas will quickly have you exploring the heavens with depth and mastery.

More features of this 80-chart atlas:

  • Sky & Telescope's standard stick-figure constellation outlines, to help you find your way through the detail

  • Deep-sky objects are color-coded by type: galaxies red, bright nebulae green, clusters yellow

  • All galaxies are shown in their correct apparent sizes, shapes, and orientations  

  • Scale: 5mm per degree.

Product information:

  • 110 pages

  • 6 by 9 inches

  • Spiral-bound, softcover



“Everyone who observes with a telescope or binoculars must have good sky charts. This handy item is the ideal starter atlas at low cost — and the ideal go-anywhere atlas for go-anywhere scopes. An absolute must-have for every astronomer.”

– Alan MacRobert, Sky & Telescope Senior Editor


"I own lots of binoculars and telescopes, but the Pocket Sky Atlas is my 'go-to' sky guide — the one I use with all of them. And my fellow observers agree, calling it 'Simply outstanding!', 'Best bang for the buck', and 'An indispensable tool for the serious amateur astronomer.' "

-– J. Kelly Beatty, Sky & Telescope Senior Editor 

SKU 59317
Author Roger W. Sinnott
Format Paperback
ISBN 13 9781931559317
Number Of Pages 110

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