Star Atlases and Planispheres w/ Wil Tirion

Star atlases are an essential tool for use in amateur astronomy. Although most people use them in digital or App form, there is still room on our bookshelves for some old-school printed maps.

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Star atlases are an essential tool for use in amateur astronomy. Although most people use them in digital or App form, there is still room on our bookshelves for some old-school printed maps. In this hangout, we'll discuss the various forms of star atlases, and talk with Wil Tirion, a long-time stellar cartographer (uranographer) whose maps have been ubiquitous in astronomy.

It was a real pleasure to speak with someone who's work has helped me tremendously over my entire lifetime. From my years in high school to right now, Wil Tirion has had a place of honor in my telescope observing cases and amateur astronomy library. Wil worked primarily as a graphic designer for most of his career but was drawn to uranography from an early age.

He started hand-drawing his first atlas and graduated to computer aided work with the second edition of Sky Atlas 2000.0, his seminal work. Now, he uses Adobe Illustrator and software known as Guide (available from https://projectpluto.com ) which he says serves as a starting point for his star maps.

It was a real honor to talk with Mr. Tirion, I hope you enjoy the interview and please leave comments below.

Get 2019 Guide to the Night Sky here:
http://bit.ly/2VAFz2v
Planisphere:
http://bit.ly/2HiKPyG

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