"The missing link I have been looking for, and well worth their price" … "an excellent resource"- Kemer Thomson, CA, USA
"The advantage of this publication is that with a suitably dimmed laptop or tablet/iPad
you have at your finger tips an excellent resource"- Owen Brazell, UKreview in The Deep-Sky Observer (DSO 160, Quarterly Journal of the Webb Deep Sky Society)
"Exactly what I was looking for!"- Preston Pendergraft, AL, USAon Deep Sky Forum
"The PDFs are really well done and are going to be a great resource." ... "These should be
great on Apple or Android tablets."- Jim Cole, IN, USAon Cloudy Nights
"An invaluable resource" … "an excellent resource"- Kemer Thomson, CA, USAon Deep Sky Forum
"The entire data set looks extremely impressive"- David, France
"It's a huge amount of information and I love the observing card style presentation for
each object."- Jim Cole, IN, USAon Cloudy Nights
Not another starchart, not another armchair astronomy book
Books on amateur astronomy are as numerous as the stars, as are maps of the sky. CSOG is neither. It's not a starchart. It's not a book. CSOG is a concept.
In CSOG the mechanics of the sky are not explained. There is no analysis of stellar spectra. There are no endless tables filled with object names and a few abbreviations, sorted only by right ascension, leaving you guessing whether or not an objects is in reach of your telescope. There are no sketches or esthetically pleasing but unuseful images. There is no poetry, no history and no mythology. CSOG is not a book, it is something different. It will not leave you in the dark.
How the Clear Skies Observing Guides stand out
- CSOG is truly all sky, covering all of the northern and southern hemisphere and all of the 88 constellations.
- It is a digital publication intended to primarily be used at the telescope's eyepiece.
- It is the first publication to:
- - list all DSO's and carbon stars visible in telescopes up to 12 inches in aperture, in detail (well over 14000 objects)
- - provide a complete list of carbon stars up to mag. 11
- - use an ergonomic "observing card" style layout in a dedicated dark color scheme, perfect for use on tablets
- - list object synonyms, not just the most commonly used designation
- - clearly list useful information: classification, magnitude, size, position angle, etc.
- - include a DSS image for every object, uniformly scaled, uncompressed and with a known orientation: a "standard candle" for visual
- - be available in editions with mirrored or unmirrored images to best match the view in your eyepiece
- - contain a field description for each object, with bearing and distance to stars and objects in the vicinity
- - sort objects not purely in R.A. (right ascension) but in an order that minimizes the distance between them, using "blocks of declination"
- - include matching tourfiles for Meade Autostar, Celestron NexRemote and EQMOD controlled telescopes and matching
- - be available in Constellation Editions by telescope aperture and celestial hemisphere, as well as Catalog & Object editions:
Messier, Lacaille, Dunlop, All Herschel, Herschel 400, Herschel II, Caldwell, Bennett, Palomar, Terzan, Hickson,
Carbon Stars, Globular Cluster and Planetary Nebulae.
The pages on this website explain all elements of the CSOG concept. Don't forget to download free samples.
Wishing you great nights under the stars and wonderful observations with CSOG, but most of all: Clear Skies!