Wil Tirion’s Sky Atlas 2000 is the most popular sky atlas for beginning and intermediate stargazers alike.

The first edition appeared in 1981, showing stars up to the 8th magnitude. Years later Sky Publishing Corporation has published the second edition of the atlas, which retains all the features that made the first edition so popular and adds many new ones.

The most important change is the stretch in the magnitude limit from 8.0 to 8.5. You may think that 0.5 magnitudes is not such a big number, but that means 43,000 more stars than the first edition, almost twice as many!

Sky Atlas 2000 consist of 26 charts showing the sky for both hemispheres, and about 2500 deep sky objects are plotted. Two more charts show in details the Pleiades, Barnard’s star, Proxima Centauri, the Virgo Cluster, and the central part of Orion.

The atlas comes in three versions. In the Deluxe Version stars are black, deep sky objects are color-coded by type for easy identification, and the Milky Way is depicted with four shades of blue from light (sparse) to dark (dense). In the Field Version stars and deep sky objects are white on a black background, and there are no Milky Way contours. In the Desk Version stars and deep sky objects are black on a white background with no Milky Way contours.

Below you will find a complete chart companion for Sky Atlas 2000, comprised using astronomy software. It provides essential data on all deep sky objects included in the atlas.

Download the whole companion in one file – 382 Kb text file

Download the companion for individual charts:

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