Sketching astronomical objects

This site is dedicated to my astronomical drawings. Sketching deep-sky objects helps to improve observing skills.
Over time - my technique should become better...

Monday, October 20, 2014

You can read here, why I started to produce my own star maps. Another article explains the importance of limiting magnitude.

Since 2012 a friend is supporting the creation of this star map project. Together we continuously improve the quality of the PDF maps and the object databases behind behind them. On this pages we publish new maps and map updates as they become available.

The aim is to publish 2 complete sky atlases, each with different limiting magnitudes and scaling. All maps are made with StarMapStudio using its object databases and projection methods.

6m5 star atlas : constellation overview maps

  • 6m5 stars with Bayer labeling
  • Messier and Caldwell objects
  • 5 mm per degree / 4 or 3 mm per degree for big constellations.

Click here to go to 6m star map download page

9m0 star atlas : maps for 8x50 finding scope

  • 9m0 stars with Flamsteed labeling
  • Saguaro / NGC objects up to 12m0
  • 10 mm per degree

Click here to download the free 9m0 star map download page

About the free downloads

All astronomical data for the star maps were taken from free database sources on the internet.

Object databases:
Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg
Saguaro Astronomy Club: SAC Database

Star database:
SKY2000 Catalog, Version 4 (Myers+ 2002)

All star maps are licensed under a Creative Commons – Attribution – NonCommercial license.


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