Perlen des Südhimmels: Eine Reise zu exotischen Sternhaufen, Nebeln und Galaxien

This superb book by Dr. Dieter Willasch and Auke Slotegraaf is presently only available in German, but an English edition should be on the shelves toward the end of this year.  This book is a very well produced and thoroughly researched collection of most of the astronomically significant objects in the southern skies.  All the photographs were taken by Dieter from his observatory in Somerset West and other sites in South Africa and Namibia. The text was compiled by Auke in English and later translated into German.

Perlen des Südhimmels: Eine Reise zu exotischen Sternhaufen, Nebeln und Galaxien is a highly recommend purchase and, if you cannot read German, look at the pictures, they are captivating. Otherwise, I am afraid, you will have to sit it out until the English version makes it’s appearance.

Dieter is an accomplished astrophotographer, whose work is regularly featured as the Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) by NASA.  You can see more of his work on his website Astro Cabinet.

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