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Model: chandler_planispherePart Number: LPNS50
This sturdy 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.
"Chandler's planisphere (rotating star-finder wheel) is the finest available" Sky News
Measures approx 8.5 x 10 inches
Southern Hemisphere Version
The Southern Hemisphere version, covers latitudes from 20° South and greater.
The latitude setting of the Japanese planisphere is 35°N, which will work well for all of Japan. This is not a crude transliteration. Every aspect of the text has been critiqued and rewritten to read naturally in Japanese by two expert amateur astronomers living in Japan. Even the constellation patterns have been altered to better conform with the way they are recognised in Japan. (Sagittarius, for example, is seen as a Teapot by most Americans. However it does not look like a Japanese teapot!)
With The Night Sky™ you will be up and running and locating constellations within minutes.
Note For Southern Hemisphere Planispheres: The South side is the front, therefore start by facing South, hold the chart upright in front of you so the word “South” on the blue mask is horizontal.
To locate an unfamiliar constellation or star, start by finding a bright star or familiar constellation in the sky first. Next locate the object on The Night Sky™ planisphere and find an adjacent constellation in the direction of the new object. Look up and attempt to find the adjacent object in the sky. Keep using nearby constellations or bright stars as stepping stones to help find the object you are seeking.
An excellent product, so easy to use. Highly recommended
Simple and easy to use, no wifi, no batteries, tucks into my Sky Atlas nicely for trips to the field. Unless you have the night sky memorised, a simple and fast way to get your bearings.
Good product; fast delivery.
When the postman handed me the package my first reaction was that it was a bit small when compared to the Philips version. However, when you compare the windows the Chandler is larger. Turn it over and you have the southern aspect in detail. It works well with red led light. I like the sleeve as it stops it turning when you pick it up.There is no planet data unlike the Philips but that is my only gripe.
I purchased this in the hope it would be better (easier to read and larger) than my Philips one from the 1990's, bit of a punt but for £12, not high risk stakes.Well, WOW is my first reaction, its the same size as my old one but the displayed area is at least twice the size and also double sided.The printing is blue on white and far clearer for my 50+ eyes to read.Reads very well under red light and equally well in daylight or artificial light indoors.For something so simple, I am amazed at how much of an improvement this is.Wonderful and highly recommended.I am a very low tech astronomer, I use manual mounts, star atlas and planisphere, something of a Luddite really and proud of it.I even make this my signature on SGL.It does what is says on the tin as they say and does that very well.Should have bought one of these years ago, rather than keep being frustrated by my old one.The only thing I now seek is a bigger one still, I wonder if David Chandler produce such a thing?
Excellent piece of equipment which aids exploring the stars I would recommend this item
The usual planispheres are fine for checking out the night sky before you go outside. However this one is better suited to outdoor reading. With a red light I had no difficulty in setting or reading the map. Having the southern horizon on a separate map on the reverse is brilliant. Hung up on the observatory wall it looks pretty impressive too.
This is the second one I have owned, my first was for the southern hemisphere when I was living in Aus', still got it.I also have the Philips one, which is OK and a bit cheaper,where the Chandler wins is that it is easier to read in the dark with a red light, the black on a white background makes the constellations stand out.I will use the Philips one when I am indoors and planning, this one for outdoors. Plus it never runs out of battery!
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