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Uranometria 2000.0 Deep Sky Field Guide

Uranometria 2000.0 Deep Sky Field Guide

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This is the benchmark by which all others will be measured.

Now available from 365Astronomy from UK stock.

Please note, the below description is a combined description of three products, the atlas, the field guide and the acetate overlays. All these three products are available from us separately!

This product listing is for the Uranometria 2000.0 Deep Sky Field Guide that is a companion to the Atlas.

ISBN: 9780943396736

Weight: 2275g

Size: 235x310x44mm

Author(s): Murray Cragin and Emil Bonanno

We would also recommend you to read a short article by Doug Scobel about "Why You Need Uranometria 2000". Click here!


About Uranometria 2000.0 Deep Sky Atlas and the Companion Deep Sky Field Guide

  • Over 30,000 non-stellar objects, more than three times the number of any other atlas.
  • 280,035 stars to visual 9.75 magnitude which is about what you will see in a 50mm finder scope. Stars are continuously tapered to create a more realistic perspective (Details).
  • 220 double page, (18 x 12 inches) charts at a scale of 1.85 cm per degree of declination. (Click on map for full size image.)

Map of the Orion Region

  • In 29 areas of heavy congestion, close-up charts are provided at 2 or 3 times normal scale with a stellar limiting magnitude approximating 11. (Click on map for full size image.)

Close-up Map of the Gamma Cygni Region

Uranometria 2000.0's "Close-up Charts"
North American Nebula/Pelican Nebula Galaxy Cluster Abell 194
Gamma Cygni Region M11/Scutum Star Cloud
Galaxy Clusters Abell 2197/2199 Virgo Galaxy Cluster
Perseus Cluster, Abell 426 Galaxy Cluster Abell 194
Galaxy Cluster Abell 779 Trifid Nebula/Lagoon Nebula
Galaxy Cluster Abell 262 Galaxy Clustr Abell 3574
Galaxy Clusters in Andromeda/Pisces Hydra I Cluster, Abell 1060
Coma Cluster, Abell 1656 M6, Butterfly Cluster/M7
Hercules Galaxy Cluster, A 2151 Galaxy Cluster in Hydra/Centaurus
Galaxy Clustes in Coma Berenices/Leo Zeta Scorpii Region
Galaxy Cluster Abell 1367 Centaurus Cluster, Abell 3526
M45, Pleiades Large Magellanic Cloud (two page spread)
Virgo/ Coma Galaxy Cluster Tarantula Nebula
M11/ Scutum Star Cloud Small Magellanic Cloud
Virgo Galaxy Cluster  


  • Objects are indexed by Common Names, Star Names, Bayer Stars, Messier Objects, and NGC/IC Objects in the All Sky Edition and all 30,000+ non-stellar objects are indexed in the conpanion Deep Sky Field Guide. Know the name but not the position? No problem, these indexes make it a snap to find.


The Object Indexes


  • Optional Acetate overlays, including field-of-view and Telrad finder scales..


The Object Indexes

The Deep Sky Field Guide answers these questions:

  • Just what kind of galaxy am I looking at?
  • How may stars are in that cluster?
  • What is the opacity of that dark nebula?
  • Is that bright nebula emision or reflective?
  • and, much, much more.

Uranometria 2000.0 Deep Sky Field Guide expands and enhances the Uranometria 2000.0 charts by providing precise data as to location, size, orientation, magnitude, type and much more on non-stellar objects, makin your time out under the stars far more productive.

Serious observers know that the more they know about an object the better their observing experience. An atlas can give you postion, relative size and possibly a rough idea of its shape but that might not be enough to locate it.

Take galaxies for example. A galaxy might be quite large but you could have difficulty in locating it if its surface brightness is really dim. Or perhaps is is edge-on— even bright ones like this are sometimes hard to find. To get around these problems we created the Deep Sky Field Guide to Uranometria 2000.0.

Uranometria 2000.0 Deep Sky Field Guide expands and enhances the Uranometria 2000.0 charts by providing precise data as to location, size, orientation, magnitude, type and much more on non-stellar objects, makin your time out under the stars far more productive.

Almost 90% of the objects have accompanying notes. This data is provided for each map and by object type, and is fully indexed (more than 30,000 entries). This volume is a must-have for the serious observer. The below two-page spread shows the data that matches Map 94 shown above.

DSFG Tables


Where did the name Uranometria come from?
To the ancient Greeks, Urania was the Muse of the Heavens, and uranos was the word for the sky. In 1603, when Johann Bayer published his epochal atlas he named it Uranometria, and it became to celestial mapmaking what the Gutenberg Bible was to printing. For its era, Uranometria set an unprecedented and highly-advanced scientific, graphic and artistic standard for star charts. Nearly 400 years later, in 1987 we published to universal world acclaim Uranometria 2000.0 which along with the advent of inexpensive modern telescopes revolutionized deep sky observing.

During the 1990s we began the process that has culminated in a greatly expanded second edition. Telescopes were getting bigger, amateurs were imaging the sky with super-sensitive CCD cameras, and a new deep-sky atlas was needed. The data upon which to build this atlas had to be better than anything on the shelf.

Emil Bonanno created software to allow us to visually inspect the position, size and orientation of deep sky objects against the Digitized Sky Survey and where necessary, correct and flawlessly record the data. Using Bonanno's software over a period of several years, Murray Cragin created a unified database of more than 30,000 deep sky objects. Even though Cragin started with the very best professional data available literally tens of thousands of corrections, large and small, were made. Never before has a large-scale atlas been based on such accurate data. Next, Will Remaklus and Wil Tirion took that data and created superb maps of unsurpassed accuracy and beauty. The result is that when you point your telescope to an Uranometria 2000.0 object, you can be assured it will be there, and at the size and orientation plotted. No other large-scale atlas has this attention to detail, nor anywhere near as many objects—by a factor of 3! That's 20,000+ more objects.

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