New design of Dutch Planisphere PLN-NL

First full colour Planisphere

The latest (11th) edition of our oldest Planisphere, the Dutch PLN-NL, is in full colour! It's our first full colour model. It illustrates the changes in the world of printing, as printing in full colour is now not that more expensive as printing in two colours.

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One of our most important planispheres, the version for our home country the Netherlands, and for our Flemish customers in Belgium, recently came out in a new design, completely in full colour. That was not done to just make it prettier, although it certainly is, but also to improve readability. The new yellow text (names of constellations and stars, and numbers of objects) can now be read easily when using a red flashlight in the dark. It prevents your eyes having to adapt to the dark every time you would use a normal flash light.

The star chart is just as accurate as it always was. The Planisphere still shows some 700 stars and 300 ‘objecten for binoculars’: double stars, nebulae, clusters, galaxies and other deep-sky objects that can be seen with the naked eye or with a normal pair of binoculars!

Other striking features of Rob Walrecht's planisphere designs, like the celestial coordinates (right ascension en declination) that allow the user to locate planets or asteroids in the sky, or the unique ecliptic that allows you to determine the time of sunset or sunrise, haven't changed either.

We may eventually have new editions of other planispheres, like those in English, printed in full colour as well, but we will first determine how people like this new design.

Naturally customers that order customised planispheres can have them printed in full colour. We can provide the prices for any design.

Below you will find some pictures of this new Dutch Planisphere. The colours may not be shown correctly (they aren't on my screen). We can send models (PDF of JPEG) with the correct colours.

The new Dutch Planisphere (PLN-NL), the 11th edition since 1985
The new Dutch Planisphere (PLN-NL), the 11th edition since 1985.

The Winter Hexagon, consisting of the bright stars Sirius, Procyon,
Pollux, Capella, Aldebaran and Rigel, is one of the most exciting
regions of the sky.

A detail of the planisphere showing the declination 'line' (red) and right ascension
(outer - or here bottom - circle of 24 'hours').

The use of colours improves the illustrations.