Deep Sky Books

Deep Sky Reiseatlas and Deep Sky Reiseführer | Atlas für Himmelsbeobachter | 101 Himmelsobjekte, die man gesehen haben muss | Turn Left at Orion | Links

On this page, I present a few books about the topic of "deep sky objects." I bought all these books myself, one of them only as an online version in English. My printed books are all in German.


Deep Sky Reiseatlas (Maps) and Deep Sky Reiseführer (Guide)

Note: This description was taken from page Telrad Finder.

The Deep Sky Reiseatlas (sky map for deep sky objects, in German) is targeted at hobby astronomers who use the Telrad finder. For selected deep sky objects, it shows how the view through the Telrad finder would look like. This sky map also works together with the Deep Sky Reiseführer, a guide that describes selected deep sky objects in more detail (in German) by displaying the page numbers for the descriptions of these objects in the guide.

Deep Sky Reiseatlas and Deep Sky Reiseführer - both books work together...

Cover of the Deep Sky Reiseatlas (sky map)

Cover of the Deep Sky Reiseführer (guide)

Deep Sky Reiseatlas: Double pages present descriptions and a map of a certain section of the sky

Deep Sky Reiseführer: Description of the Great Orion Nebula M42 (the page number is given in the Reiseatlas), plus paintings of how the object looks in smaller telescops and under different viewing conditions

Deep Sky Reiseatlas: The upper pages present descriptions of important sky objects and sometimes detail maps

Deep Sky Reiseatlas: Detail of a lower page with a map (Orion) and Telrad rings for some important deep sky objects

Deep Sky Reiseatlas: The lower pages present maps of sections of the sky


Atlas für Himmelsbeobachter

The Atlas für Himmelsbeobachter (atlas für sky watchers) by Erich Karkoschka is in a way a "mini version" of the Deep Sky Atlas/Reiseführer combination. It presents considerably fewer deep sky objects, but this can be an advantage for beginners. For me, both solutions complement each other well and I usually consult both of them whenever I want to observe deep sky objects. Admittedly, I like the maps in the Deep Sky Reiseatlas better than those in the Atlas für Himmelsbeobachter, I find these maps clearer.

Front cover of Atlas für Himmelsbeobachter

Complete cover of Atlas für Himmelsbeobachter

Typical page with descriptions and maps

Double page with photos of deep sky objects

Inner pages at the front with lists of Messier objects, double stars and the best known nebulae

Inner pages at the back with an overview of the sky maps in the book

Example page from the object lists at the end of the book



101 Himmelsobjekte, die man gesehen haben muss (101 Sky Objects that You Must Have Observed)

The book 101 Himmelsobjekte, die man gesehen haben muss (101 Sky Objects that You Must Have Observed) by Robin Scagell is primarily directed at young sky observers, but also at older star friends and people who return to this hobby. It can therefore rightfully be called a "beginner's book," and because I regard myself as a "permanent beginner" I looked into the book and bought it, since it convinced me, although I have already observed a considerable part of the described objects. Thus, the book serves me as a "reference" for the most important objects in the sky, and as a "reminder" of my own observations. In addition, the book deals with the moon, to which I have paid little attention in detail (for example, craters and mares) so far.

Front cover of 101 Himmelsobjekte, die man gesehen haben muss

Complete cover of 101 Himmelsobjekte, die man gesehen haben muss

Table of contents

Tabel of contents continued

Sample page about the moon

Sample page for spring with deep sky objects


Turn Left at Orion

The book, Turn Left at Orion von Guy Consolmagno & Dan M. Davis , differs from the other books by taking novices by their hands and making observation proposals for deep sky objects that are arranged according to the seasons (the other books also sort the objects by seasons). There are detailed instructions on how to find the objects with the finder scope, and the book shows the look of the objects for different types of simple telescopes. The paper version is spiral-bound and has a fairly large format, a little more than DIN A4, which unfortunately does not always lead to optimal results in the online version. I own only the online version and made a few screenshots for those interested in the book. Since these do not show much detail, I regard this as "fair use" that does not violate the copyright (for more information see the links below).

Cover of Turn Left at Orion

Table of Contents

  1. How do you get to Albireo?
  2. How to use this book
  3. The Moon
  4. The planets
  5. Seasonal skies: January - March
  6. Seasonal skies: April - June
  7. Seasonal skies: July - September
  8. Seasonal skies: October - December
  9. Northern skies
  10. Southern skies
  11. Where do you go from here?
  12. Index
  13. Behind the eyepiece.

Typical page with descriptions and views through different telescopes

Ditto with another telescope




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