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Touring the Universe
A Survey of the Night Sky
99: Camelopardalis. The asterism that I dubiously list as
"Harrington 3" in the book is far better known as "Kemble's
Cascade," after the later Father Lucian Kemble, who first happened
upon it in the 1980's. Father Kemble, a member of the Order of Franciscan
Monks, was a talented amateur astronomer from Saskatchewan and a genuinely
fine human being. I had the great pleasure of corresponding with
"Lamplighter," as he was known to friends, numerous times prior
to his death in February 1999.
237: Taurus. Under the discussion of the Pleiades (M45), the book notes
that the surrounding reflection nebulosity is the leftover remains of the
cloud that begat the stars themselves. Subsequent studies, however, have
these clouds are an independent phenomenon that just happens to be passing
through the same area of space at this time.
258-259: Vulpecula. For years,
Collinder 399, more popularly known as the Coathanger, was considered a bona
fide open star cluster. It certainly appears that way. Recent data
gather by the European Space Agency's Hipparchos satellite, however, suggest
that this is not a true cluster at all, but rather just a chance alignment of
random stars that lie anywhere from 220 to 1,100 light years away.
with an Opera Glass; Serviss, G.; D. Appleton & Company, 1888
(more recently, Chatham Press, 1961). Out of print.
Binocular Stargazer: A Beginner's Guide to Exploring the Sky;
Peltier, L. Kalmbach, 1995; ISBN 0913135259. Out of print.
Harvest: 300-Plus Showpieces of the Heavens for Telescope Viewing and
J. Dover, 2002; ISBN 0486425541.
Deep Sky: An Introduction (Sky & Telescope Observer's Guides);
Harrington, P.; Sky Pub Corp, 1997; ISBN: 0933346808.
Deep-Sky Wonders; Houston, W.
and O'Meara, S.; Sky Publishing, 1998; ISBN 093334693X.
Night Sky Observer's Guide,
volume 1 (Autumn/Winter) and
volume 2 (Spring/Summer); Kepple, G. and Sanner, G.; Willmann-Bell, 1998; ISBN 0943396581.
Atlas for Small Telescopes and Binoculars; Chandler, D.; David
Chandler Co., 1995; ISBN: 0961320729.
: Your Visa to Viewing the Universe;
Garfinkle, R.; Cambridge Univ Pr (Trd), 1997; ISBN: 0521598893.
Turn Left at Orion;
Cosmolmagno, G. & Davis, D.; Cambridge Univ Pr (Trd), 2000; ISBN 0521781906.
Year-Round Messier Marathon Field Guide;
Pennington, H.; Willmann-Bell, 1998; ISBN 0943396549.