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    I bought the atlas Sky Atlas 2000.0 Deluxe Edition and found it to be very difficult to interprete. There are no lines for constellations and the stars have a number.

    I think this atlas is too advanced for me however I would like to learn how to read it.

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    Hi David! At this stage, I'd recommend a copy of Norton's Star Atlas & Reference Handbook by Ian Ridpath (Editor). There are newer books out, and some of the guys/gals may have other recommendations, but Norton's has a "ton" of good information which will be good grounding for you. Your Sky Atlas 2000.0 Deluxe Edition will be useful to you as you progress in the hobby, but is definitely an advanced reference work.

    You do have Stellarium and/or Cartes du Ciel downloaded on your computer for reference and comparison, yes?



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    Quote Originally Posted by BobDob View Post
    Hi David! At this stage, I'd recommend a copy of Norton's Star Atlas & Reference Handbook by Ian Ridpath (Editor). There are newer books out, and some of the guys/gals may have other recommendations, but Norton's has a "ton" of good information which will be good grounding for you. Your Sky Atlas 2000.0 Deluxe Edition will be useful to you as you progress in the hobby, but is definitely an advanced reference work.

    You do have Stellarium and/or Cartes du Ciel downloaded on your computer for reference and comparison, yes?



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    Thanks Bob for your response. You are always the first member to answer my questions. I appreciate it a lot.

    I installed Stellarium on my laptop (Acer Extensa 4220) but started to crash due to CPU overload. I tried SkyMap Pro (ex-Carte en Ciel) but I found the interface to cumbersome. I will definetely try Starry Night but Stellarium is my favourite. Probably I will sell my laptop over Ebay and buy a better one.
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    Well, hold on good buddy, first off, its a pleasure to be helpful to you. And, before you "deep six" your laptop, try Cartes du Ciel on it. It is a much smaller program to run, and I find it entirely useful.

    Let us know how it goes...



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    Bob's right; Cartes du Ciel is a great program. I often use it to print customized star charts for hard to locate objects. There is also a place to put in your eyepiece characteristics and it will superimpose your eyepiece on the chart.

    Give Sky Atlas some time. I had trouble with it at first but now find it easy to use; eventually you will be able to make out the constellations on the page without the lines.
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    I would like to ask whether the deep sky objects in the sky charts have to be identified by a Companion book.
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    Hi David!

    Usually where there is a companion book, yes, the information is helpful. Is there a specific reference with regard to your question?

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    I have discovered that Sky Atlas 2000.0 Deluxe edition has a companion book to identify all deep sky objects.
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    Yes, it will be very helpful when you are ready to go to the SA 2000, as your experience level increases. For now, you will find Norton's a good guide along with other more elementary books. Everyone has their favorites. Of course, Stellarium and/or Cartes du Ciel on your computer is very important to help you get started finding your way around the sky. See what your club members have and what you like.

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    Thank u very much

 

 
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