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Book Project: Discovering Double Stars


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Experimenting with adding DSOs to the charts. This is a debugging view with the charts monochrome and the new elements (DSOs) highlighted in green. I might cut down the objects to only Messiers and Caldwells. In addition, the DSOs are only included where they do not crowd the double finder circles.

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I have added an info box on the DSOs shown per page. We are currently working through the book tweaking the label positions.

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Sweating the small stuff... I made the symbol for DSOs more fuzzy, and changed star labels to a smaller size and deep grey to make them less in-your-face. Still pushing labels around on the pages. 

I am also adding a few pages on the brightest clusters and the doubles in them.

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I have put the new version online, so I would really appreciate anoyone taking the trouble to have a look and give feedback.

Discovering Double Stars (discovering-astronomy.eu)

I am waiting for the print proof to do a deep edit on the book, it has a had a few screen edits, but paper shows the issues 100% better.

The new version is not added to any marketplaces yet.

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Hello Agnes

I saw only now your message.

I downloaded the revised edition, thank you for asking opinions.

I will come back soon. Just as a first impression is looking very, very good. 

Regards, Mircea

 

 

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I have added 7mm to the page margins and resolved the resulting page break issues. There were some glitches in the table of contents too. I have been working on the high-contrast black and white version too.

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  • 4 weeks later...

It must be Christmas.... because the book is ready!!!

I am pleased to announce that Discovering Double Stars II is now available for free download and from Amazon or Lulu. It covers 950 doubles and includes a stack of deep sky objects too! I have rethought the layout to make even more usable in the field (or in your recliner while sipping iced tea). Have a look at the PDF here (identical to the print PDF with one extra page to get correct facing pages in PDF viewers):

https://discovering-astronomy.eu/discovering_doubles.html

Also I have ensured there are print options in both color and black and white to shave a few pennies from printing costs.

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