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Sky Atlas 2000.0, 2nd Deluxe Unlaminated Version

by Wil Tirion

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Review by Joe Benderavage, April 2006.
The Sky Atlas 2000.0 (second edition) by
Wil Tirion and Roger W. Sinnott, 1998,
Sky Publishing, Cambridge University
Press, Cambridge, Mass., is a set of 26
star charts in large fold-out format (22”
by 16”). It includes both celestial
hemispheres as well as detailed charts of
seven areas: both celestial poles; Virgo
galaxy cluster; Central Orion; Barnard’s
Star; Pleiades; and Proxima Centauri.
This is the second edition of a similar
work published in 1981, but with an
important difference. The stars are taken
from the Hipparcos and Tycho
Catalogues, the result of four years worth
of all-sky scans by the European Space
Agency's Hipparcos satellite. Published
in 1997, it replaced "all previous surveys
as a reliable census of the positions and
brightnesses of one million brightest
The stars in this edition have a visual
magnitude of 8.5 or brighter. The total
number of single, double, or variable
stars equals 81,312 in this atlas. Each
chart has a legend containing symbols for
deep-sky objects; galaxies are displayed
in the same perspective as they are seen
in the sky. Open clusters must have a
total magnitude of at least 8.5; “Globular
clusters, typically more condensed, are
plotted to magnitude 11. Galaxies are
shown to a cutoff of about magnitude 13
(in blue light) and planetary nebulae to 14
(in blue light).”
The four indices are for constellations,
Messier objects, named stars, and
“miscellaneous”. There is also a plastic
overlay and a chart key.
Some of the star charts bear an eerie
resemblance to sea charts that show
gradations in differing shades of blue that
approximate ocean depths, with darkest
blue reserved for the deepest parts. “The
Milky Way is portrayed with four shades
of blue that represent approximate
brightness levels. The deepest blues are
the brightest features of our galaxy, best
appreciated under country skies far away
from city lights.”
Galaxies stand out; they are delineated in
red. The Virgo cluster of galaxies spills
over into Coma Berenices and is very evident.
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The long-awaited second edition of Wil Tirion's superb Sky Atlas 2000.0 offers 43,000 additional stars, with all positions now derived from the Hipparcos database. The Atlas opens out to reveal 28 charts, each one 500 mm wide and 380 mm deep (20 by 15 inches). This large format allows the stars, nebulas and galaxies to be displayed with unrivalled clarity. For this edition improved isophotal maps are used for the Milky Way, and extra charts for crowded areas of the sky have been added. Within the constellations, Flamsteed numbers identify the brighter stars by name, while NGC and Messier numbers are used for non-stellar objects. Colour coding and size graduation is used to visually convey the maximum information on star types and brightnesses. This atlas is an indispensable aid for all users of astronomical telescopes. Copublished with Sky Publishing Corporation.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0933346875, Spiral-bound)

The standard against which all other star atlases are measured, this best-selling atlas has been completely revised and updated! Each version of Sky Atlas 2000.0 contains 26 charts covering the whole sky and showing 81,312 single, multiple, and variable stars of magnitude 8.5 and brighter and 2,700 deep-sky objects. Includes close-up charts of such areas as the celestial poles and the Virgo-Coma galaxy region, as well as an acetate coordinate-grid overlay for determining accurate positions. A must for any stargazer!

Deluxe Unlaminated Version: Stars are black, while deep-sky objects are color-coded by type for easy identification. Fold out charts in a 12 by 16 inch book (charts unfold to 21 by 16 inches), spiralbound. Click on the version you want and click Buy. You may choose more than one version.

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