One of the best “Deep Sky Companions” books in the series – it’s a fantastic first addition to our store! The official blurb:
In Southern Gems, Stephen James O’Meara makes a detour beneath the Southern Skies presenting a fresh list of 120 Deep-Sky objects for the Southern Hemisphere stargazers to observe. Showcasing many exceptional objects catalogued by the pioneering observer James Dunlop. Known as the “Messier of the Southern Skies”, all are visible through small to moderate telescopes under dark skies. The list features a reach assortment of bright and dark nebulae, planetary nebulae, open and globular star clusters and galaxies of all types. Each object profile includes beautiful photographs and sketches, original finder charts, visual histories and up to date astrophysical background information. Whether you live in the Southern Hemisphere or are just visiting, this new “Deep Sky Companion” will make a perfect observing partner, whatever your background. There is no other southern sky guide like it on the market.
Personally, I was deeply impressed by the selection quality of the objects, the fact that it is black and white for visual observation and so shows you what you are likely to actually see. It is also written with realistic small to medium telescopes in mind, so is not going to set you up with objects that you won’t be able to realistically sight in good conditions.
Fantastic Read, and awesome reference material for planning an enjoyable night out.