Annals of the Deep Sky Volume 4
By Jeff Kanipe and Dennis Webb
Product information: Softbound, 6 by 9 inches, 382 pages, first published 2016.
Annals of the Deep Sky is a comprehensive reference that guides amateur and semipro astronomers into every mind-boggling corner of the observational universe. Each volume presents extensive descriptions of prominent stars and deep-sky objects. No other popular work in astronomy provides the comprehensive historical background and astrophysical appraisals of prominent stars and celestial objects.
Volume 4 explores the constellations of Canis Minor, Capricornus, Carina, and Cassiopeia. Featured objects include the first-magnitude star Procyon in Canis Minor, with its shy white dwarf companion nearly hidden in the primary’s glare. Capricornus hosts Dabih, a fascinating quadruple star system, as well as the showcase globular cluster M30, which is almost as old as the universe itself. Carina is home to Eta Carinae, a star of the verge of becoming a supernova, as well as the largest and most active star-forming region in the galaxy, the Carina Nebula (NGC 3372). Cassiopeia features the startling tiple star Iota Cassiopeiae, the massive binary AO Cassiopeiae, and the extensive star-forming region IC 1805, which observers with large telescopes will enjoy exploring time and again.