A Star Atlas and Reference Handbook (Epoch 1950)

A Star Atlas and Reference Handbook (Epoch 1950)


xvi. 57pgs + Map Charts. Near Fine hardcover, no discernable shelf wear, clean and unmarked but for bookstore sticker on front endpaper from the Hayden Planetarium Book Corner. A preface, explaining the content of the different editions of this book, is followed by an extensive index and sections on standard sources of reference, astronomical catalogues, nomenclature, astronomical tables, precession tables and astronomical contractions. Then begins A Star Atlas and Reference Handbook: I. Notes on Star Nomenclature &c. II. Notes on Astronomical Terms. III. The Galaxy and the Stars. Classification by Spectra. IV. Spectroscopy. V. The Sun, Moon and Planets. Map of the Moon (includes 2-page color plate with labeled locations for 26 mountains and valleys and 300 craters). VI. Hints on Observing, &c. VII. The Care and Use of the Telescope. Includes sections on accessories, cleaning, how to construct a simple equatorial or alt-azimuth stand, adjustments of a Newtonian reflector, equatorial adjustments, Pronunciation of Names, The Brightest and Nearest Stars, Bayer and Lacaille Letters and Flamsteed Numbers, Galactic Coordinates. The last section comsists of full page Star Charts and Maps of Interesting Objects and Galactic Charts. Front endpapers are illustrated with a Northern Index Map and a table of astronomical symbols. #1952