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Star Atlas in Galactic Perspective

Installed 12 Oct 2001- Latest update 29 Jul 2018
Also see:
Star Map in Galactic Perspective and Comments on Star Atlas in Galactic Perspective.

Below are extracts from a 1972 Star Atlas by R.S. Fritzius. You may scroll through the images horizontally and vertically.

Cartographic detail is based on Antonin Becvar's Atlas of the Heavens - Atlas Coeli 1950.0 Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences - 1958. The stippled Milky Way likeness is based on Lund Observatory's Panorama of the Heavens Copyright © 1958. (Used with permission.)

Star positions were plotted by eyeball. Position accuracy is generally +/- 2 degrees. Two mis-spelled constellations and one slightly displaced constellation have been corrected. (One constellation evaded getting drawn on the North Galactic Polar Plot.) A general cleanup of star versus background, along with position and magnitude improvements are in progress on the Star Map in Galactic Perspective.

The galactic coordinates now in use are not the same that were used on the 1972 map. In each of the polar plots below a line for LII = 0 deg is shown.

Polar Plots, Constellations Index, and Zenith Lookup

The following drawing by Robert Fritzius, dba Astro-Graphics, explains how to find things on the star map.
It was published on the back side of the 1973 Comet Kohoutek edition of the star map. (Not shown online yet)
Kohoutek was not nearly as spectacular as expected. [Added 29 Jul 2018]

About the map - How to use it

Contact Robert Fritzius at
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