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Published: 2013 March 26. Updated: 2015 January 28.
A set of handy star charts, one per constellation visible from the southern hemisphere, showing the best deep sky objects. Ideal for binocular users and star party presentations.
What you have here is a set of star charts, one per constellation. All the constellations that are at least partially visible from the southern hemisphere are illustrated (Camelopardalis, Cassiopeia, Cepheus, Draco and Ursa Minor have been omitted as these are too far north).
Each constellation has a fanciful stick figure drawn connect-the-dots style, as well as the official boundaries of the constellation in a bold dashed-line. These boundaries can be used to help you orient the card correctly when you're still learning to find the constellations using the finder charts on pp 2-6.
Each ConCard also shows the positions of the coolest deep-sky objects (and occasionally multiple stars or interesting single stars) within that constellation, together making up a wonderful "bucket list" of celestial treasures to collect. Special charts for objects of particular interest – the Horse Head Nebula, 3C 273 (the brightest quasar) and Proxima Centauri (nearest star to the Sun) – are also presented. Several deep-sky catalogues and observing aides make up the remaining pages.
The ConCards are presented as A4-sized pages for those who prefer a larger print. You could also have them printed A5-sized, double-sided and then spiral-bound to create a smallish, handy and comprehensive guide to the southern sky.
Special thanks to Hendrik van Rensburg, Johan Retief and George Dehlen for suggestions and for spotting various bugs in the pre-release versions. Remaining bugs are all my bad.
Table of contents
Large Magellanic Cloud
Small Magellanic Cloud
Horse Head Nebula
Quasar 3C 273
Deep-sky objects on the ConCards
ASSA Top-100 list
La Caille’s catalogue
Jack Bennett’s catalogue
Constellation year planner
Example observing log sheet
ConCards (version 1.51, 2015 January) (PDF, 4.3 Meg)
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