Astronomy Forum called the Firefly Planisphere "a work of art [that] no amateur astronomer should be without." Charted by the month, day, hour and minute, it is quick, battery-free and weather-resistant. The stargazer needs only to turn the planisphere to align the current date and time. What the see-through panel reveals will match the view of the night sky.
This edition of the Firefly Planisphere is updated for use to 2022. It shows the position of the stars for every night of the year. Icons that describe star magnitudes -- the larger the symbol, the brighter the star -- make it easy to locate specific stars. Stargazers will be able to locate planets, stars, constellations, globular clusters, nebulas, galaxies and other celestial wonders.
Other features include:
At-a-glance coordinates for locating the brightest objects in the sky
Planetary tables to locate Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn
Times of sunrise and sunset for each day
Declination and right ascension scales
The ecliptic path.
The booklet provides accurate information on bright and faint stars, the Milky Way and deep-sky searching. Other topics include:
Using the planisphere
Finding planets, sunrise and sunset
How to read a star map
Learning the sky
Exploring the skies, season by season.
With its sturdy construction, smooth wheel rotation, easy-to-read booklet and protective pocket, the Firefly Planisphere is simply the handiest guide to the night sky for the amateur astronomer.