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Perfect for experienced stargazers and beginners alike, Sky & Telescope''s Pocket Sky Atlas will have you exploring the heavens in no time!

Sky & Telescope''s celestial atlases are the standard by which all other star atlases have been judged for a half century. Now we''ve raised the bar again with ourPocket Sky Atlas - Jumbo Edition. There has never been such a wonderfully detailed atlas so handy to take on trips and use at the telescope, thanks to its user-friendly size, convenient spiral-bound design, and easy-to-read labels. The charts show both constellation boundaries and stick figures to help you find your way.

Features of this atlas:

  • More than 30,000 stars individually sized according to their relative brightness
  • 1,500 deep-sky objects color-coded by type, including 675 galaxies oriented as they appear in the sky
  • This Jumbo Edition has 6 new close-up charts, for a total of 10, depicting high-interest star fields.
  • Labels even more legible in dim light

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Joseph Shuster Sr.
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
I couldn''t resist and I''m glad I didn''t.
Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2016
I have and I really enjoy the original "Pocket" atlas. So I wondered if this larger version would be worth the extra price. I couldn''t resist and I''m glad I didn''t. The Jumbo edition is fantastic. It''s a practical tool in a reading chair, desk, or next to your... See more
I have and I really enjoy the original "Pocket" atlas. So I wondered if this larger version would be worth the extra price. I couldn''t resist and I''m glad I didn''t. The Jumbo edition is fantastic. It''s a practical tool in a reading chair, desk, or next to your telescope under the stars. The bigger size is especially helpful to anyone who benefits from bigger fonts and graphics -- nearly everyone over 45.

The construction is well done. The covers are hard and the front cover can wrap behind the back. The spiral binding actually has a little nicer arrangement than the original. The pages are dew resistant -- the paper seems the same as the original. And the graphics are top notch, too -- good choices for fonts, icons, rules. Like any good atlas, the links to neighboring parts of the sky are easily found with cross references in the margin.

If you had to chose only one edition, your two prime decisions factors would be print size and portability. If you need the larger fonts and graphics, the Jumbo is the easy call. Some people care about a small footprint for travel or a flexible cover for aggressive packing more than the print size. They could make a case for the original with its smaller dimensions and flexible cover. If you''re deciding which edition to get as a gift, I think most astronomers would appreciate the Jumbo.

BTW, people will tease that the Jumbo shouldn''t be called a "pocket atlas". But in all frankness, the original didn''t fit into any pockets, either.
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dw
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Not recommended in Kindle format
Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2019
One has to know where to find a given object or a given RA/DEC, then find the map number specific to that. And that process is more cumbersome and challenging in Kindle format. Secondly and most importantly, the value of the maps are size calibrated with a Telrad or... See more
One has to know where to find a given object or a given RA/DEC, then find the map number specific to that. And that process is more cumbersome and challenging in Kindle format. Secondly and most importantly, the value of the maps are size calibrated with a Telrad or Finder circle. In Kindle format because the zooming of the map on display is un-calibrated, that feature is so impractical that its pretty much non-existent. One would be better off with the book. But for those who need reading glasses, be prepared for the pocket size maps to require a pair of reading glasses with a extra magnification. The larger print publication might be worth the investment.
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Remi
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Incredible star charts that are actually easy to use under the night sky !!
Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2017
By far the best and easiest astronomy charts I have ever used . I have been astronomy for over 30 years . I have had all kinds of star chart books most were either to advanced showed stars that were to dim mag 9 or mag12 or were just plain confusing to use . These charts... See more
By far the best and easiest astronomy charts I have ever used . I have been astronomy for over 30 years . I have had all kinds of star chart books most were either to advanced showed stars that were to dim mag 9 or mag12 or were just plain confusing to use . These charts are great for unaided eyes star gazing or use with binocualrs or a small telescope. I do astro photography it is prefect for this as well they show dim nebula that are only seen through photos . I will have targets for my binoculars and telescope as well as my camera. It is super clearly written, and easy to read with a red LED flashlight I never under the stars was like what am I lookig at here? For star hopping its the best charts I have ever used . I am not good at star hopping . With my binoculars I star hopped to all kimds of stuff I was never able to find in binoculars or a telescope . This book of charts is also the perfect size . I put the books and charts on my car trunk and then use my optics near the car . It fit well on my trunk any bigger it would be a pain in the but to lug around any smaller I might not be able to relistically find stuff its the right size . There are star charts out there that are made for deep sky stuff more exclusively and they are great for what they are made for but for small telescopes and general observation of the night sky these charts are perfect and easy to use . The way these charts are numbered makes it very easy to use under a dark sky and with a red LED flashlight I love the big page numbers and well defined charts . Another cool thing is you can fold it in half and focus on what you are looking at a section of the sky not the whole sky . I can go on and on about this set of charts I knwo these will be the ones I use for years to come go get these charts for casual or serious use under the stars . They dont go crazy deep on magnitudes either I think they go to mag 7 the literal limit one can see in the sky with out binocualrs or a telescope . Perfect companion for your adventures under the night sky great to use with astronomy sky software apps on the fire hd 8 for palnning observing sessions as well . Great charts and a super value for the needs of relistic amature astronomers .
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just being Frank
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Sky & Telescope''s Pocket Sky Atlas -- a classic guide to the night sky at your fingertips! RECOMMENDED
Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2016
This may likely prove to be your nightly companion -- thorough, comprehensive, night-time friendly (bigger than your cargo pocket, but smaller than desk-top or coffee table atlas), the "S&T PSA" (Sky & Telescope Pocket Sky Atlas). It has a long history of being a... See more
This may likely prove to be your nightly companion -- thorough, comprehensive, night-time friendly (bigger than your cargo pocket, but smaller than desk-top or coffee table atlas), the "S&T PSA" (Sky & Telescope Pocket Sky Atlas). It has a long history of being a favorite among avid astronomers.

Of the half-dozen atlases in my growing astro library, this has become my go-to, outdoors, immediate reference. Small, but mighty!

Pros: Spiral bound, the only way to go if you want something at hand while outside and viewing.
Organized nicely (!) with border indicators to adjacent maps
Provides constellation "stick figures" and object coordinates, indispensable for the aspiring astronomer because we need some reference, not all atlases provide this.
Ridiculously low priced considering it''s content and utility.

so-so: Not a desktop atlas, so this means that a desktop atlas page is actually 2 pages on the PSA, a slight overlap so nothing is omitted, and is actually convenient in that you can fold over the half you are interested in. No more big books blowing in the breeze.

cons: small print (not tiny print)-- but it is after all, a "pocket" atlas, but easily remedied with a magnifier sheet, available here on Amazon
"4.5" x 7" Flexible 200% Magnifier Sheet", available in a number of magnification powers... and these work very well.

S&T recently reprinted their PSA in a larger format, their "Jumbo PSA", and with a larger price tag. The content is the SAME, but slightly larger format, about 30% (guessing) if you have vision issues (I do, thus the magnifier). Other than size, this is the same atlas. Either will serve you well. The price difference amounts to 2 foofy coffees at your favorite barista''s.

My only other recommendation, to whatever atlas you prefer, is a decent planisphere... a snapshot of the universe above, as indispensable as is an atlas.

Clear skies!
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Jerod
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Incredible guide to the night sky
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2019
I''ve downloaded fairly expensive apps for astronomy and used them regularly. While they''re helpful, I feel they leave a lot to be desired for inexperienced backyard astronomers. They can be clunky, but worst of all, you''re doomed to ruin your night vision every time you... See more
I''ve downloaded fairly expensive apps for astronomy and used them regularly. While they''re helpful, I feel they leave a lot to be desired for inexperienced backyard astronomers. They can be clunky, but worst of all, you''re doomed to ruin your night vision every time you unlock your phone. These star charts, however, are the best investment you can make in learning the night sky.

I learned the locations of more deep sky objects in a couple of weeks than I had in several years of using apps that promise the same thing. Pair this with a red LED flashlight, and you''re set for hour upon hour of great viewing.
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R. Stephen Franks
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Finally a handy reference for the field
Reviewed in the United States on May 20, 2014
Since 1960, I have used more than my share of "perfect" atlases. Some were primitive, but effective, like the Edmund Mag 5. Others were invaluable, but unwieldy, like my Epoch 1950 Skalnate Pleso, and Tirion''s Atlas 2000. Richard Sinnott''s Pocket Sky Atlas was... See more
Since 1960, I have used more than my share of "perfect" atlases. Some were primitive, but effective, like the Edmund Mag 5. Others were invaluable, but unwieldy, like my Epoch 1950 Skalnate Pleso, and Tirion''s Atlas 2000. Richard Sinnott''s Pocket Sky Atlas was suggested to me by a neighbor. I first dismissed it as just another, well-meaning, pocket sky guide. So, I bookmarked the Amazon page for two months before finally ordering it.

Mr. Sinnot! Where have you been all my life?

It is basically the Tirion Atlas 2000 shrunk down to a manageable size that can actually be used at the telescope. Don''t let the word "pocket" dismiss it as a small, "soft bound" paperback book of dubious value. This is a comfortable edition that Opens to a beautiful and superbly detailed 8 x 10 inch sky atlas. A spiral binding and heavy card stock allows easy and safe folding that will take a lot of abuse in the field.

The Pocket Sky Atlas includes constellation lines, stellar magnitude by star scale, nebulae and the Milky Way are both delineated in green and blue, respectively, globulars, variables and binaries are also noted. So to are the Messiers, ICs, Arabic names of the bright stars and their Greek alphabet counterparts. There is just too much to credit here.

Astronomy has been my avocation since 1960 and ten years old. I have owned a dozen telescopes of every size and design, and spent thousands of hours under the night''s sky. I cannot give a higher endorsement to a more practical sky atlas than Sky & Telescope''s Pocket Sky Atlas by Roger Sinnott.
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Michael Glaviano
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Daunting At First Glance. Awesome At Second
Reviewed in the United States on January 4, 2019
At first I thought I''d purchased something that was far too advanced for me, but I set it aside for a couple of days and came back to it. Now I think it''s great. This is a working reference. It''s intended to be used "in the field" as well as at home. The large format... See more
At first I thought I''d purchased something that was far too advanced for me, but I set it aside for a couple of days and came back to it. Now I think it''s great. This is a working reference. It''s intended to be used "in the field" as well as at home. The large format makes it definitely *not* a pocket reference. You might find a folding table useful when you take this out for a night''s viewing.
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Hugwarrior
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Don''t buy the Kindle Version.
Reviewed in the United States on January 12, 2019
I''ve just bought this book, the Kindle version, big mistake... The mean purpose of this book, the sky maps fill only 1/3 of my phone screen (Galaxy S7). Same thing with the Fire tablet. The zoom is awful. Totally useless. Thankfully I was able to ask Amazon for a... See more
I''ve just bought this book, the Kindle version, big mistake...
The mean purpose of this book, the sky maps fill only 1/3 of my phone screen (Galaxy S7). Same thing with the Fire tablet. The zoom is awful. Totally useless.
Thankfully I was able to ask Amazon for a refund.
I going to buy the spiral-bound version.
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Frank Fuhrmann
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Very detailed sky atlas
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 13, 2019
The atlas it as bit larger than A4 and comes as hard cover and spiral bound. The title is pretty accurate, it is a jumbo edition. But it makes it easy to read the charts which are full of information, showing star magnitudes, types of nebulae, sizes of galaxies, etc in some...See more
The atlas it as bit larger than A4 and comes as hard cover and spiral bound. The title is pretty accurate, it is a jumbo edition. But it makes it easy to read the charts which are full of information, showing star magnitudes, types of nebulae, sizes of galaxies, etc in some detail and easy to understand. Apart from the introduction and a description of how to use the atlas, it is divided into eight main parts, each representing a three hour section of the sky (10 charts per section). At the back of the atlas you will find some close-up charts as well as a fairly sizeable index. There are two niggles. One is that the pages are made from decent paper but could have been more solid, especially considering the spiral binding (I fear that some pages may make a bid for freedom after some Scottish windy nights). Second, the galaxies are printed in red and will therefore be difficult to identify out in the field using red light.
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LJC
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Informative little book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 25, 2018
I bought this to learn more about the stars, constellations and astronomical features in the night sky after I purchased my first telescope. I am in no way an expert in space but I do hold an interest in it and this book was easy to read and includes some great...See more
I bought this to learn more about the stars, constellations and astronomical features in the night sky after I purchased my first telescope. I am in no way an expert in space but I do hold an interest in it and this book was easy to read and includes some great illustrations. The spine is ring-binded so you can keep it open on any page you like. The only (minor) issue with the book is that some of the illustrations go across the spine and cut off small sections of information, but this is few and far between and you can still see what the illustration is about. Great little book if you''re wanting to get into amateur astronomy.
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Chris Jordan
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Great Atlas - Will Buy Another!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 3, 2018
Great star atlas really glad I bought it, I''ve owned the larger Sky Atlas 2000.0 Field Edition with stars down to mag 8.5 for years but have found it difficult to read as I''ve got older. Although limited to mag 7+ the Pocket Sky Atlas Jumbo Edition is much easier to read...See more
Great star atlas really glad I bought it, I''ve owned the larger Sky Atlas 2000.0 Field Edition with stars down to mag 8.5 for years but have found it difficult to read as I''ve got older. Although limited to mag 7+ the Pocket Sky Atlas Jumbo Edition is much easier to read and really clear with a good representation of deep sky objects. The layout in 8 gourds with 10 charts to each makes it intuitive to use, a bit like Norton''s, with excellent overlap between charts. Spiral binding means the charts lay completely flat, the whole Atlas feels "friendly". Just read Jerry Oltion''s column in the May 2018 edition of Sky & Telescope where he mentions owning three copies which made me think...good idea, I''ll buy the smaller true pocket edition for field use as well.
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Mr. M. R. Sutton
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First impressions
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 13, 2010
This atlas is A5 sized and so fits into the pocket quite easily. It is spiral bound and so will stay open at the pages selected, when you place in on a flat surface. This is a great bonus as you can cross-refer from the book to the night sky / telescope / binoculars quickly...See more
This atlas is A5 sized and so fits into the pocket quite easily. It is spiral bound and so will stay open at the pages selected, when you place in on a flat surface. This is a great bonus as you can cross-refer from the book to the night sky / telescope / binoculars quickly and without having to find the page again. I covered the outside covers in clear sticky backed film to give extra protection against any dew. Stars down to maginitude 7.6 are displayed on 80 main charts. The pages are in colour with significant objects easy to find. Arrows indicate the page number of the next page to check on the sky to the north/east/south/west which makes navigating across the sky simple. I am very pleased with this atlas and I am certain it will help improve my knowledge of the constellations. It is not as detailed as some of the more complex atlases but it is more than adequate for most casual users.
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Amazon Customer
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Good product
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 30, 2019
Easy to use whilst observing as long as you have a red light torch. Well made on thick paper so should have longevity.
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