The Night Sky Planisphere for the Southern Hemisphere by David Chandler
The Night Sky Planisphere for the Southern Hemisphere by David Chandler - Astronomy star map
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Generally regarded as the BEST planisphere!
This sturdy, plastic laminate covered planisphere is a quick and convenient way of seeing which constellations are above the horizon at any specified time and day of the year.
Sky and Telescope magazine adopted The David Chandler 'Night Sky' planisphere in 1976 and has promoted it ever since. It is widely recognised by the amateur astronomy and educational communities as the best planisphere on the market.
Eliminates over 90% of the distortion inherent in conventional one-sided planispheres.
"Chandler's planisphere (rotating star-finder wheel) is the finest available" Sky News
- Southern Hemisphere: Suitable for Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Chile and other nations in the Southern Hemisphere
- White background with dark stars for easy nighttime readability: a must for a planisphere.
- Heavy duty plastic laminate covers the 2 sides of the planisphere so it does not get damp at night.
- Designed in collaboration with editors of Sky and Telescope magazine
- Selection of deep sky objects for binocular or telescope viewing included
- Large in size for easy readability! Measures approx 21 x 25 cm
The Night Sky™ is Designed to be Used!
- Unlike coffee-table planispheres, The Night Sky is printed with dark stars on a light background, for easy nighttime readability.
- The constellations are drawn simply, emphasizing the brighter stars which makes them easy to recognize and locate with the naked eye or entry level equipment.
- Coordinate grid lines are shown without being intrusive. Coordinates are shown because they can be useful for cross referencing with star atlases.
- A selection of deep sky objects for binocular viewing is included. It is important to point out to beginners that the best first telescope is a pair of binoculars. You may already have what it takes to start observing tonight!
- The Night Sky is larger than it looks! The map scale is larger than on similar-size planispheres because the whole sky does not have to be shown on a single map. Even the 5″ pocket version is large enough to be quite readable.
The Night Sky™ is widely recognized by the amateur astronomy and educational communities as the overall best planisphere on the market.
More details for beginners:
For anyone even remotely interested in the night sky, one of the essentials is learning to locate the constellations at any time or date. How do you do that? It's as simple as a rotating basic starchart called a planisphere. While it would be easy to think they're all created alike - they're not. For beginners, you need to look for one that's easy to use and to read.
If you've ever looked at a starchart in a magazine, you'll remember the dark background with white stars. This is great for planning an evening, but not for use in the field. Turning on any kind of white light will seriously impair your night vision and charts of this type need white lighting to be seen. If you look at a conventional star chart, you'll see a white background with dark stars, constellation lines, objects, etc. This design was meant to be used with a red-lensed flashlight (another astronomy staple!) which helps to preserve your night vision and still easily read the maps. "The Night Sky Planisphere" by David Chandler uses a white background with dark blue print to help you along the way!
As you progress outdoors at night, you'll find yourself using your planisphere and you'll quickly notice the impact the environment has on its construction. It's great to use paper or cardboard planispheres to start a class along the road to learning, but it won't take long until dew or ambient moisture warps your planisphere, rendering it useless. David Chandler thought about that when he designed "The Night Sky Planisphere" and added a heavy-duty plastic cover! With just a little proper care, this planisphere will endure for years.
Because we live on a round Earth and the sky appears as a dome, some areas of the sky will look "stretched" when a chart tries to convey a round object as flat. David Chandler's planisphere also eliminates over 90% of the distortion that other star wheels introduce as a result of trying to flatten out the whole sky into one map.
Because there are so many stars and constellations to be listed, reading some planispheres can be confusing. "The Night Sky" is made up of two maps, one on each side. The chart for observers facing south is located on the front, and if you are facing north, just turn the planisphere over. The easy-to-read objects on the planisphere include constellation names and outlines, bright stars, the Milky Way, selected deep-sky objects like galaxies and nebulae, the ecliptic (planets follow this imaginary line) and coordinate grid lines that help one to cross-reference with star atlases if desired. Planets are NOT depicted on the star wheel because they move across the sky independent of the stars. If they were shown on this chart, it would need to be "upgraded" more often than computer software....and that would not be a good thing!
David Chandler's "The Night Sky Planisphere" promises to be a useful and enjoyable tool for many years.