> Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2005 14:54:18 -0700Derek wrote:
> From: "Derek Reveres" <l_awake_l@...>
>Subject: RE: Re: Hatsya: reply to Beth (was Fixed star alignments, etc.)
>I don't know if Barnes and Noble is still carrying it, but a couple monthsHi Derek,
>ago they were displaying a copy of Urania's Mirror for about $15. In
>addition to just the book, it came with a tiny star chart that is pretty
>neat, it has a moving dial to show what constellations are rising, though
>like Astrology charts it is all backwards which it makes it hard to use if
>you are standing up and looking north.
>But the major keeper is that it comes with a set of really large cards
>depicting the constellations in graphic form, as well as pinholes guaged to
>mirror brightness. Because of relative movement of the stars (the book is
>400 years old and i don't know if the cards have been updated), it may not
>be as accurate to look through as one might believe, but i think just for th
>ecards and the short bio of the constellations it is great for anyone
>starting out with Fixed stars, not that anyone here seems like a beginner
>(besides me of course!!).
Not 400 years old, actually 180 years. There are no RA or Declination
indicators, so you don't have to worry about positions.
I have a version of those cards, sold under the title "The Box of
Stars" put out in 1993 by Catherine Tennant.
The cards are charming - they were originally hand-painted by a "a
lady" (in those days some considered it unseemly for a woman to put
her name to anything public) and published in London about 1825. I
have one in my picture files - it's Aquarius - if anyone wants to see
it, let me know (I can't send attachments to the list).