By Jerry D. Cavin
Every beginner astronomer has not less than heard of the various varied catalogs of deep-sky items; the most well known are the Messier, the Caldwell, the Herschel, and the NGC. All of those catalogs are, quite often, on hand, yet only a few beginner observers are able to select the easiest catalog for his or her specific deep-sky gazing software, understand how to take advantage of the catalog, or even realize simply what percentage there are out there!
The beginner Astronomer's consultant to the Deep-sky Catalogs is a single compilation of the historic and sleek astronomical deep-sky catalogs. It discusses their origins, compares what is in them, explains the best way to interpret the information they include, or even outlines how readers can create compatible 'custom' catalogs for his or her personal use. The final part offers a suite of 3 deep-sky catalogs created through the writer, for observers of other degrees of expertise, from newcomer to specialist.
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