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Night Sky: A New Kind of Planisphere
"Chandler's planisphere (rotating star-finder wheel) is the finest
"The Night Sky is not
just another planisphere. I think The Night Sky is
and easiest to use star finding aid in existence."--Jack Horkheimer: Star Gazer
(Star Gazer is seen
on PBS stations throughout North America and Internationally
via satellite, the Armed Services Network, NASA C.O.R.E. and USIA WORLDNET)
Spanish Version / Japanese Version
Large (10" x 8.5"), Small (6" x
20°-30°, 30°-40°, 40°-50°, 50°-60°,
& Southern Hemisphere
(Click here for maps)
Heavy coated cardboard
(See both sides)
Conventional planispheres severely
distort the sky near the southern horizon. The distortion results from trying
to stretch the whole dome of the sky onto a single flat map.
is the constellation Sagittarius...
...as shown in a photograph
(courtesy of John Sanford)
...as shown by Conventional
...as shown by The Night
The Night Sky is NOT a conventional planisphere!
No flat map can remove all distortion, but The Night Sky
eliminates over 90% of the distortion inherent in conventional 1-sided planispheres.
Night Sky is Designed
to be Used!
- Unlike coffee-table planispheres, The Night Sky is printed with
dark stars on a light background, for easy nighttime readability.
- The constellations are
drawn simply, emphasizing the brighter stars. (The constellation
patterns were designed in collaboration with the editors of Sky and
- Coordinate grid lines
are shown without being intrusive. Coordinates are shown because they can be useful for
cross referencing with star atlases.
- A selection of deep
sky objects for binocular viewing is included. It is important to
point out to beginners that the best first telescope is a pair of
binoculars. You may already have what it takes to start observing
- The Night Sky is larger than it
The map scale is larger than on similar-size planispheres
because the whole sky does not have to be shown on a single map. Even
the 5" pocket version is large enough to be quite readable.
Sky and Telescope adopted The Night Sky in
1976 and has promoted it ever since. The Night Sky is widely
recognized by the amateur astronomy and educational communities as the
overall best planisphere on the market.
Selecting the Right Chart for Your Latitude