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    Default Burnham's Celestial Handbook once again!



    Wouldn't it be nice if somebody updated this expansive set of handbooks to include not only new data from what we have learned since 1978 but especially updated all the photographic images with the best land-based, space telescope, and amateur astrophotography images?!!

    I used to own the hardback editions of these in the 80's, but sold them them when I moved. I just received a used paperback copy of the 1st of 3 volumes of the Burnham's Celestial Handbook, Andromeda through Cetus Copyright 1978 while buying some used eyepieces recently and was thumbing through it, and now I'm thinking of buying the other 2 volumes.

    I know it would be a daunting task, but as in the original handbooks compiled by Robert Burnham Jr, it would be a collection of data and images of hundreds of other observers and sources of information. I can only dream!
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    A great set of books, I think it may be hard for another writer to be able to write in the same style for updating.
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    I have a hardback copy AND a paperback copy of all three volumes. Dated as they are on some details, they are a masterpiece. Apart from the datasets for each constellation, I would not update anything. To know that the author spent his last years as he did is sad and deeply disturbing.
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    Default Re: Burnham's Celestial Handbook once again!

    Yes he deserved much more, Gordon. I would hope that if the photos and data needing updated was ever released for these books sometime in the future, that it would only honor him.
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