[AZ-Observing] Re: What do you use to make up an observing list?

  • From: "acrayon" <acrayon@xxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2015 12:10:29 -0700

Jimmy, you purchased Celestial Portraits from a book sale with books from
David Fredericksen. We set up a sale for his books and that was one of the
first ones to go, after which wish I would have purchased, but it is now in
good hands and glad to see it is being put to good use.


AJ Crayon
Phoenix, AZ..
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From: Jimmy Ray
Sent: Friday, April 3, 2015 10:27 PM
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Subject: [AZ-Observing] Re: What do you use to make up an observing list?

Hi Steve,

Personally, I have been working out of a volume called "Celestial
Portraits". The book is a collection of the Astronomy magazine articles
written by Tom Polakis which ran from April 1998 through March 2004

I don't remember how I came to acquire the book but it contains
45 chapters (articles really), featuring the deep sky objects in one or more
constellations in the order they appear in the sky throughout the year.

When I don't have a set task at hand or just want to sit back, relax and not
have to think about what I want to observe, I pull it out, flip to a given
article and observe.

I think the book itself may be out of print (the author could probably let
you know) but I do understand that the whole series is still available
on-line as a download.

Hope that helps.

Thank you,

Jimmy Ray
Arizona Desert Sonoran Observatory - Glendale



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Subject: [AZ-Observing] What do you use to make up an observing list?

Howdy all;

Well, I am working on the 2ed edition of Deep Sky Observing and I need some
input, please.

In the first version I spent some time talking about using Burnham's and one
or two other resources that are now out of print to create an observing
list.

So, my question is "what source to you use to create an observing list?"

I know some of you are working on a list from the Astronomical League and
some are using the SAC lists that AJ and I created all those years ago. Do
any of you use the handpaddle of your GOTO system to create a listing to
what to see? How about a planetarium program?

Anyone using a specific book as a source? Please provide name and author.

Thanks for any input you can provide;
Steve Coe
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