Take a look at these simple heavenly guides

For opera glasses and telescopes

When I was about 10 years old, I had a hard copy of Astronomy With the Opera mirror, by Garrett P. Serviss, on the ground floor in our town’s old Carnegie library. I later learned that Serviss had written a series of astronomy books, three of which looked at guides. In the late 19th century, he started his Urania Lectures – an early multimedia event. With the support of Andrew Carnegie, Serviss took the show on the road, spreading astronomy and science to the public.

During his stay he wrote books on all aspects of astronomy, scientific history, and relativity. In addition to Astronomy With an Opera-Glass, he also wrote The Games of the Telescope. His style is a good display of 19th century styles and amazing insight. One of my favorite quotes from his writing, “But let us stay in the starlight, for the night is pleasant, and talk about Arcturus,” expressing his genuine pleasure in lani. Some of the information is stored, but you can learn your way around the sky with these fun books. And the two books on the stars will always be needed. I have had my own copies of these books for years. Star maps and descriptions of the wonders of the sky, and I continue to use these guides for observation.

Norton’s Star Atlas

For the most 20th-century astronomy enthusiast, amateur or professional, one guidebook explains the trend: Norton’s Star Atlas. The Atlas first appeared in 1910 – the year its founder, Arthur Philip Norton, became a member of the British Astronomical Association. Born in 1876, he was given as a young man an old family telescope, which aroused a lifelong interest in astronomy and science. Norton spent his career as a school teacher studying science and pursuing his love of heaven as a citizen. His guidebook has become a rock solid for viewers.

The first guidebook is called 1910 The Star Atlas and Directory. It was so popular that a second edition was printed during the First World War, although only part of the government paper was in Britain. By the third edition of 1921, the standard star photographs and directional arrangements had been well established. An interesting feature of large star maps is Norton’s use of scratches: If parts of the earth are cut on each map, they look like cut ovals. By using this method, Norton was able to avoid some of the errors made with other map users.

Over the years, Norton’s Star Atlas has grown. of the Atlas there are always messages about the terms stars, stars, stars, nebulae, and more. With each print, these pieces have expanded and expanded. Star maps have been updated to replace the constellations created by precession. The change is seen in the Atlas in 1933. Before 1930, the constellations of the stars had not been met. The constellations and their stars are seen in bright lines on maps. There is some agreement about the nature of the stars for each star, but there are some differences, depending on who makes the maps. The first four copies of the Atlas there are old -fashioned limitations. In 1930, the International Astronomical Union established constellation outlines by following the lines of ascent and refusing to set boundaries. Norton brought its maps to the modern era for five -print using these exact boundaries. After 100 years and 20 prints later, this loving review guide has been a great help to many viewers. I think Norton might be happy or a little surprised.

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