David H. Levy Planisphere
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David H. Levy Planisphere
Introducing the NEW 16-inch David H. Levy Guide to the Stars!
A planisphere is a circular star chart that can be used to locate the constellations for any time of the day and any day of the year. Ours consists of two round pieces of plastic that are riveted together in the middle. You rotate these for your observing time (hour and day markings provided). The stars that appear in the white oval (see picture) are the stars that will be in the sky. The word "planisphere" refers to the projection of a sphere onto a flat surface.
Designed from the "ground up" by award winning astronomer and teacher, David Levy, you'll find this the largest and easiest planisphere to read. Geared for beginners and dabblers, the Levy Planisphere is great for those just learning their way around the sky, astronomy clubs and outreach presentations. But, that's not all! Turn it over and you'll find lots of useful information on the back including yearly meteor showers, planet facts, the Moon and binocular objects.
Designed for northern latitudes 30- to 60-degrees, the David Levy Planisphere includes summer and winter sky tours. No matter how much you use it, you'll find this durable plastic planisphere to be a welcome addition to your night gear. Made of 100% durable plastic, the ink cannot be scratched off with wear and it will survive where others don't!
"Levy's friendly style invites beginning stargazers to relax, follow the chart's easy to use instructions and slowly begin the fascinating task of finding the constellations." -- Arizona Daily Sun
"A jumbo star wheel. The largest commercial planisphere we've seen in recent years. . . skywatchers will find useful information on the Moon, planets, meteor showers and selected deep-sky objects." -- Sky & Telescope
"Add stars, constellations, and sprinkle on lots of fun astronomical facts for beginners and you have the main ingredients for a 16-inch planisphere..." -- Astronomy
This is a little larger than expected but very easy to use. Very helpful and useful in low or red light.
I purchased the large version. This is a huge thing so take that into account prior to purchase. It is just what I was looking for. The smaller Levy was my first planisphere which I somehow lost. After a few years of using phone and computer planetariums, I decided to get another "hard copy" planisphere. I tried others but they just didn't stack up to the Levy. So much info, many Messier objects, star magnitudes, other information and basically somehow just suits the best. Can't say exactly why, but the Levy is the way to learn the sky at a nice top level which is necessary to full enjoyment of stargazing or any astronomy efforts. Perhaps its effectiveness is because unlike viewing a slice of the sky on a computer screen the planisphere lets you see everything out there in relation to each other. It gives a synoptic view of the visible celestial sphere...and the Levy does it best. Get this and know the night sky.
My old planisphere finally wore out, with the clear plastic spinning disc cracked and broken. Had a small planisphere, but really didn't like the size so I went to see my old friends at OPT. Great seeing Larry, Mike and Rod! As usual, great fun in the store. Thanks! Jeff