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A Field Guide to Deep-Sky Objects

  • This new edition contains new discoveries in the field of deep sky astronomy as well as two new chapters covering transient phenomena and naked-eye deep sky objects

  • Provides lists, classified by object type, and readable, engaging descriptions of those objects

  • Helps observers to locate objects at any time


Part of the Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Michael D. Inglis
    Pages 1-25
  3. Michael D. Inglis
    Pages 27-103
  4. Michael D. Inglis
    Pages 105-139
  5. Michael D. Inglis
    Pages 141-172
  6. Michael D. Inglis
    Pages 173-208
  7. Michael D. Inglis
    Pages 209-216
  8. Michael D. Inglis
    Pages 217-241
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 243-253

About this book


This popular title is now back, bigger and better than before!

In this companion guide to stars, star systems, galaxies, and other deep sky sights you can choose a class of object and set up an annual program for yourself that will take you from month to month, helping you locate famous targets or, if you prefer, hunting down the lesser known but still dazzling sky sights. Detailed descriptive summaries of each class of object are followed by extensive lists of deep-sky targets, presented in a monthly format and going from those objects easy to locate to those that are more of a challenge. Amateur astronomers of all levels will find this book invaluable for its broad-ranging background material, for its comprehensive lists of fascinating objects, and for its power to improve your observing skills.


Amateur astronomy projects Astronomical observation Deep-sky objects Extrasolar planets Finding faint stars Locating nebulae Locating star clusters Observing galaxies Star maps Visual sky observing

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.SeldenUSA

About the authors

Michael Inglis is a professional astronomer with a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Hertfordshire, UK. He has worked at the University of Hertfordshire, Warwick University (UK), Princeton University (United States), and currently is an Associate Professor of Astronomy for the Earth & Space Science Department at Suffolk County Community College (part of the State University of New York, SUNY). He has done research in nebulae morphology, active galactic nuclei, and cosmic rays and has authored several refereed papers. He has also had many popular articles published in the magazines Sky & Telescope and Astronomy Now had written several books for Springer, including An Observer's Guide to Stellar Evolution, (2002); Astronomy of the Milky Way, Vol I & II (2004); Astrophysics is Easy (2007). He currently serves as the series editor of the Springer Astronomer's Observing Guides.

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