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THROUGH BINOCULARS ATLAS
When the book TOURING THE UNIVERSE THROUGH BINOCULARS
was released in 1990, it received rave reviews,
with one saying that it would set the standard in binocular-astronomy books
for years to come. And while other books have come along in the meantime,
none paints as complete a picture of the binocular universe as TUB.
But one thing missing
in TUB that was mentioned in many of the
reviews was a star atlas. With that in mind, Dean Williams and Phil
Harrington introduced the TOURING THE UNIVERSE THROUGH BINOCULARS
The TOURING THE UNIVERSE THROUGH BINOCULARS
STAR ATLAS (TUBA, for short) is the only star atlas designed specifically for use with
Conceived by Dean Williams of Cabot, Arkansas, the atlas plots all of the
objects listed in the book plus shows stars to 11th magnitude, a reasonable
limit for giant binoculars. (Of course, you can adjust that to show
fewer stars, as desired.) It does NOT show deep-sky objects
that require a telescope to be seen, unlike some other so-called binocular
All 1,100 deep-sky objects listed in
the book are plotted, offering the most complete survey of the binocular
sky ever published. Many of the objects are not shown on any
other star atlas currently in print!
Zoom in and out to recreate the field of view
Right click on one of the highlighted objects from the book
and up pops a short listing of specifications, including location, magnitude,
apparent size, etc.
Print charts (either color
- your choice!) of any part of the sky.
Hit the print button and you'll get a copy of the chart PLUS...
A listing of each object that appears plotted within
it's borders, perfect for use outside.
Or select the multiple-chart
option to create your own printed star atlas of the entire sky!
Shows the location of the Sun, Moon, and planets for
any date that you choose.
Includes a help file on selecting binoculars as well as a listing of the twenty
finest binocular sights in the sky.
The TOURING THE UNIVERSE THROUGH BINOCULARS ATLAS
is designed to run on any IBM-compatible computer using any Windows operating
system from Windows 95 through the latest 64-bit Vista. Minimum requirements are a Pentium-75 with 16 MB of RAM and 5.25 MB of
free hard-disk space. No Mac version is available.
How Do I Order?
You don't. TUBA
was taken off the market in late 2005, and is no longer available for
sale. But due to popular demand, Dean and Phil have decided to turn TUBA
Rest assured there
is no spyware, malware, or anyware covertly built into TUBA.
you install it, you may have to set the program to run in "Compatibility
Mode.' To do that, right-click the desktop icon, select
"Properties," and then click the "Compatibility" tab.
Select "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" and Select
Windows XP (Service Pack 3), as shown below. Click OK and it should run
Although product support for TUBA is no
longer available, the program's "Help" file is available here
as a PDF file.