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Book project: Discovering Deep Sky Objects


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1 hour ago, Ags said:

Next up is the Discovering Double Stars book; I want to update it to cover 1,000 doubles (without increasing page count).

300 to 1000 without increasing page count? Maybe a Vol 2 would be simpler?

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I hope to be clever with diagrams and layout and add more information without cluttering. The finder charts cover 10 degrees, so I can point out the other good doubles on each chart; the supplementary doubles wouldn't have the detailed coverage of the central double but if each chart has a few other doubles within a finder-hop from the central double, then an observer's sessions would be much more productive. My own experience with the book (and my orange skies) is that getting in the general area is much more time-consuming than the final hop, so I want to enrich that final phase and reduce the dependence on wide area searching. For example, the DSO book covers 615 targets, although there are only 386 which get the full treatment with descriptions etc.

Also, i have an idea to put more information in the finder charts, so you can get all key details about a double at a glance, without looking down to the text.

Also 1,000 is the goal for the whole sky, so not quite so many in one of the hemisphere books.

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Just a quick note to say the two books I ordered (DDSs-N and DDSOs) arrived today and I'm blown away by how good they are. 

Far easier to navigate than the PDF versions, and they look very good on the page.

MrsG was similarly impressed and we're looking forward to using them when we're next out at Astrofarn France.

Many many thanks @Ags, I'll let people see them at the next meeting of our astronomy group in July.

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I should point out I ordered from Lulu, which means I have the spiral bound version.  I can see this will significantly improve the usefulness in the field. 

I also see that Amazon don't offer it in a Spiral binding, so it's worth having a think about how you'll use it before deciding where to buy. Personally I avoid Amazon unless there's absolutely no alternative (there usually is an alternative 😊

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On 18/06/2022 at 20:14, fozzybear said:

I've pressed buy on the long river due tuesday

Arrived Tuesday and I am well impressed with the book and at a very reasonable Price. Many thanks. Ags.

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Thanks all. My own copy of the "final" version arrived today. Clear skies tonight but work tomorrow 🙄

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The charts helped me locate M56 last night, which is almost completely drowned in light pollution where I am. I have been looking for it for years, so that's a big win for the book!

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