Annals of the Deep Sky Volume 5
By Jeff Kanipe and Dennis Webb
Product information: Softbound, 6 by 9 inches, 398 pages, first published 2017, black & white.
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 5 explores the constellations of Centaurus, Cepheus, and Cetus. Among other objects Centaurus features a detailed overview of the Alpha Centauri system, the Scorpius-Centaurus Association, and the stunning Omega Centauri globular cluster (NGC 5139). Cepheus hosts the star-forming region IC 1396 and several fine star clusters, some still associated with nebulosity. Cetus leads us into a large extragalactic realm where we find the nearby dwarf irregular IC 1613, the edge-on spiral NGC 1055, and one of the brightest and nearest Seyfert 2 galaxies, M77.