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    Dr James Dawson
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    Whilst rummaging around on the BAA website I found a book review by Lee Macdonald from 2010 of Wolfgang Steinicke’s book Observng and cataloguing nebulae and star clusters”:

    https://britastro.org/journal_old/pdf/120-6macdonald.pdf

    The hardback edtion then was £90, and online today a new copy is over £100 (though second hand copies available for nearer £60), but there was a reprint in a paperback edition in 2017 which is only £40 new.

    It has to be regarded as a one of the great works on the brighter deep sky targets and like Burnham’s Celestial Handbooks is much more than just a list of what is out there, it is also a tremendous reference text on the discovery of these targets and an important book in the history of astronomy of the deep sky.

    Well worth the £40 I would say.

    James

    #583332
    owen brazell
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    Hopefully next year Wolfgang will bring out his definitive book on Herschel’s observing methodolgy. I know he is still looking for a publisher given the collapse in the quality publishing market for amateur astronomy books.

    #583341
    Andrew Read
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    >>  given the collapse in the quality publishing market for amateur astronomy books.

    What happened?

    #583352
    owen brazell
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    Well two things. CUP decided to stop publishing books on amateur astronomy last year and Willmann-Bell have also closed last month. These were two of the few providers of quality books for the amateur astronomy market. I don’t think anybody could call Springer a publisher of quality amateur astronomy books due to the poor quality of the printing/layout and the poor quality of the content of the majority of their books. It seems that we are going to face more self published books.

    As always your mileage may vary.

    #583356
    Nick Hewitt
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    It is indeed an exceptionally useful and enjoyable book. I am pleased to have a hardback copy. The paperback should be on all serious Deep Sky enthusiasts’ bookshelf.

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