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    Default Atlaholics Anonymous: Admitting one has a problem!



    Ok, as a lifetime member of AA (Atlaholics Anonymous), I thought I would share with you my meager collection of printed star atlases. I will also update the thread with any additional treasures that I acquire, and I can guarantee that I will (in fact I have three more enroute at this time)! The below image shows my current family of sky atlases. This does not include the shelf full of observing guides and other reference books I own.

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    Below is a list of the atlases shown in the above image, front to back and left to right. I have also put the year of publication for the particular copy I have:

    Edmund Scientific Mag 6 Star Atlas (1982): A popular hybrid atlas (combination of an atlas and reference) that is still in print. It plots stars to stellar mag 6.2 on 15 charts, with a total of over 1,000 objects (both stellar and non-stellar) plotted. Plotted for 1950.0 epoch.

    Norton’s Star Atlas 12th Edition (1954): One of the most popular hybrid atlases over the decades. The 1st edition was released in 1910 and the 20th edition in 2003. This one has a large amount of reference material as well as 18 charts containing over 8.400 stars and about 600 DSOs. Plotted for 1950.0 epoch.

    Pocket Sky Atlas Jumbo (2015): A recent updated version of the PSA in a new larger format. The plotting remains the same as the original, but the larger pages (and hence type and symbols) make it more easily read in the field. While it’s not quite as portable, it remains easily used in the field. It was also updated with six additional close-up detailed charts for a total of ten in the back of the book. Contains 80 charts plotted for 2000.0 epoch.

    Pocket Sky Atlas (2006): Sky & Telescope's outstanding small field atlas that has been the first serious atlas for many beginning observers. It plots over 30,000 stars to stellar magnitude 7.6 and 1,500 DSOs. It contains four close-up detailed charts in the back. Contains 80 charts plotted for 2000.0 epoch.

    Skalnate Pleso Atlas of the Heavens (1962): A true classic, considered by many as the first modern printed sky atlas. The version I have has colored rendering of the Milky Way and DSOs. It is somewhat of a predecessor to the Sky Atlas 2000. It contains 16 charts with 32,571 stars plotted to stellar magnitude 7.75, as well as over 1,900 DSOs. Plotted for 1950.0 epoch.

    Sky Atlas 2000 Deluxe 2nd Edition (1996): The improved and deeper follow-up to the original, that plots over 81,000 stars to stellar magnitude 8.5, with around 2,700 DSOs. It also contains seven close-up detailed charts in the back. Plotted for 2000.0 epoch.

    Sky Atlas 2000 Deluxe 1st Edition (1981): The first release of the venerable SA 2000, which I purchased when it was first released in 1981. This ground breaking atlas contains 26 fold-out charts plotting around 43,000 stars to stellar magnitude 8.0, as well as around 2,500 DSOs. Plotted for 2000.0 epoch.

    Uranometria All-Sky Edition (2012): Vastly popular with serious deep sky observers. It contains 280,035 stars plotted to stellar magnitude 9.75 with over 30,000 DSOs on 220 charts plotted for 2000.0 epoch.

    Orion Deep-Map 600 (2002): A whimsical little fold-out chart (31"x21") with some reference material on the backside. It plots 2,500 stars to stellar magnitude 5.5 plus 600 DSOs. It is reminiscent of the old folded road maps of the past. Plotted for 2000.0 epoch.

    Great Atlas of the Sky (2009): Physically my largest and deepest printed atlas. It contains 296 fold-out charts that plot over 2.4 million stars to stellar magnitude 12.0, and about 70,000 DSOs. Plotted for 2000.0 epoch.

    Interstellarum English Desk Edition (2014): 201,719 stars to stellar magnitude 9.5 with 14,835 DSOs on 114 charts in wire bound soft cover. This one has become my primary field atlas. Plotted for 2000.0 epoch.

    So there you have it, as of this posting. I encourage anyone who is a devotee of printed sky atlases to share their collection no matter how large or small. Addiction loves company!
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    Default Re: Atlaholics Anonymous: Admitting one has a problem!

    Well, I have the Pocket Sky Atlas and Interstellarum plus the book Turn Left at Orion, which is not an atlas but has the relevant star-hopping charts for the Messier objects and some NGC objects.
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    Default Re: Atlaholics Anonymous: Admitting one has a problem!

    Yea, you have a problem, the first step is admitting it, must feel good to come clean, lol

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    Default Re: Atlaholics Anonymous: Admitting one has a problem!

    Well, I'm a newly minted atlaholic, thus I'm sitting at 3 printed atlases presently: Interstellarum, S&T's Pocket Sky Atlas, and the Jumo version of the same. I've also got the Tri-Atlas as a PDF.

    I've got my eye on Uranometria, and maybe someday, if I can find one, The Great Atlas of the Sky.

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    Default Re: Atlaholics Anonymous: Admitting one has a problem!

    I heard you can visit Alan's Library.
    But you need to apply for a Library Card.
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    Default Re: Atlaholics Anonymous: Admitting one has a problem!

    Current addictions are
    Norton Star Atlas
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    Field Map Of The Moon
    Cambridge Field Map Of The Moon
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    Default Re: Atlaholics Anonymous: Admitting one has a problem!

    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post
    Well, I'm a newly minted atlaholic, thus I'm sitting at 3 printed atlases presently: Interstellarum, S&T's Pocket Sky Atlas, and the Jumo version of the same. I've also got the Tri-Atlas as a PDF.

    I've got my eye on Uranometria, and maybe someday, if I can find one, The Great Atlas of the Sky.

    Alan, can I be in your will?

    Ah yes, the greedy friends and relatives start coming out of the woodwork! Perhaps I shouldn't have posted this, as it may have shortened my life!

    If one truly wants the GAS, they are out there. I posted a wanted ad and got about 3 to 4 responses. I chose the cheapest ($175 shipped). I believe there were 1,000 of them printed. Some bought them and they are truly only a reference as they are simply too large and heavy for field use. They are a work of art, though I think eventually some figure they can put the money to better use and will sell. I on the other hand will not part with mine until, well, when I depart I suppose.
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    Default Re: Atlaholics Anonymous: Admitting one has a problem!

    Quote Originally Posted by Gabby76 View Post
    Current addictions are
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    Default Re: Atlaholics Anonymous: Admitting one has a problem!

    Quote Originally Posted by Gabby76 View Post
    Current addictions are
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    Now there's too Library cards one must apply to.
    Jeez....
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    Default Re: Atlaholics Anonymous: Admitting one has a problem!

    Quote Originally Posted by KT4HX View Post
    Good for you! Looks like you are well on your way to a lifelong sickness - you should be proud!
    This has been a lifelong addiction! I started out standing in a field with an atlas and my eyes. These are just what I use now, the entire list of past atlases and charts would make me a prime candidate for AA membership
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