Southern skies are less cluttered nightly than northern
Pearls of the Southern Skies advances knowledge of 71 photogenic deep-sky objects by way of a 176-page journey to exotic star clusters, nebulae and galaxies visible by naked eye or through use of binoculars and telescopes to viewers in the southern hemisphere.
It begins with Central Michigan University Physics Professor Axel Mellinger’s spectacular image of the southern Milky Way’s arching from Sagittarius to Canis Major showcasing such asterisms (star patterns) and constellations (star sets) as:
• Coal Sack;
• Dark Horse;
• Diamond, False, Southern crosses;
• Eta Carinae, Lagoon, Running Chicken nebulae;
• Large Sagittarius, Norma, Small Sagittarius, Scutum star clouds;
• Omega Centauri;
• Southern Pleiades; and
• Southern Right Angle.
It then correlates most spectacular objects with best seasonal view-times.