Sky Atlas

Sky Atlas For Small Telescopes and Binoculars By Davis S. Chandler and Billie E. Chandler. The beginners guide to successful deep sky observing. All of the celestial objects shown here are visible in small telescopes and binoculars, and hundreds more like them. Treat yourself to the dark moonless nights far from city lights under the majestic arch of the Milky Way, our own galaxy seen from within. Visit nebulae, the birthplaces of stars, glowing clouds of gas and dust illuminated by their offspring. Find dozens of open clusters, loose groupings of young stars along the Milky Way, formed too recently to have dispersed. Explore the swarm of globular clusters that occupy the Milky Way's galactic halo. These giant clusters contain hundreds of thousands of the oldest stars in our galaxy. Search for planetary nebulae like the famous Ring Nebula, the last gasp of a medium-sized star shedding its outer layers as its core collapses to become a white dwarf. Witness the remnants of a supernova. We know it as the Crab Nebula today, but in 1054 AD it grew bright enough to be visible in broad daylight. Capture light arriving at your eyes today that started its journey millions of years ago in galaxies far, far away.

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