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Want to learn your way around the night sky? Use a star chart, not your cell phone or computer. This series of "planespheres" are sturdy, easy to read, and a perfect companion to any digital application, manual or goto telescope, and a must-have for all new astronomers.
I brought a few to rural Tanzania where they are used in East Africa's first dedicated astronomical observatory. One of the best purchases I made! I'll bring a half dozen more to distribute to schools there, later this year. Thank you for continuing to make an analog product in a digital world!
This is awesome. Very large and easy to read and just one of the most interesting educational things to have. My husband sits outside at night in our back yard with our dogs. While they're running around in the yard (fenced in), he's using this and his little flash light. Now he's naming all the star formations... and he's loving it. Definitely a fun item to have around with kids and especially teenagers... they are all drawn to this wheel map. I love looking myself. Great size, sturdy and well made!
Pros: 1- Helps you find nightsky objects, assuming you have a way to look at them besides your naked eyes and have a basic understanding of the night sky 2- lots of objects to look at 3 -pretty accurate
Cons: 1- Not always easy to find the objects based on the chart location 2- Requires a basic knowledge of binoculars or telescopes to seek out objects like some clusters, nebula and galaxies
This thing is awesome! But, I took it camping and left it in the car. The plastic warped pretty badly. Still usable, but kind of a bummer. So just know that it warps very easily if you leave it in the car on a hot day. Love it though, it is so much better than the small star wheels, easy to spot constellations and read and it makes star gazing really fun! Highly recommend. I bought a second one to replace the warped one, have to be more careful this time! Or use the warped one for camping.
I did not know what was in the big box from Amazon until I opened the box. Inside was this star chart. I've had another one in the past years ago and it wasn't nearly as big. This thing is huge and easy to read, especially with a red flashlight (see other review). The front appears to be plastic coated but the back appears to be paper. Do not leave it outside for the dew to attack. There is useful information on the back for beginning stargazers and quite a bit of information is printed on the front and back. The constellations are shown on the front and match pretty well with Stellarium. The ecliptic is shown for the planets but planets are not identified on the chart. They are with Stellarium and the mobile app works well with this.
The 16” diameter makes this star guide easy to see for all ages. There is seemingly endless information on the constellations, star magnitude, galaxies, globular clusters nebula all impeccably organized. And that is just the front! The back has tips for newbies on planets, meteor showers, mythical tidbits and notes for looking with a telescope or binoculars. Endless fun for yearlong treasure hunting indoors or out, any time of the day.
Been an armature astronomer for over 30 years and have taught backyard astronomy at the community college level for a decade plus - If I had one tool to recommend a beginner or advanced back yard astronomer have on hand it would be this - Second would be a good set of binoculars - This is the base from which everything builds off of - GREAT GREAT product!!! - also great quality - water and humidity do not bother this - I use dry erase markers to plan my evening viewing - the view is big so you can see it in low light or under a red light and clear enough to easily locate where you are looking...whether you are 10 or 70 this has a place for you if you are interested in the stars....