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Astronomy with a Budget Telescopeby Patrick Moore
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Sir Patrick Moore, CBE, FRS has long been the scourge of those people selling low-cost astronomical telescopes via mail-order catalogues and non-specialist stores. Ten years ago the quality was appalling and disappointment would have been almost guaranteed - but times have changed, and having surveyed some the best and worst of today's inexpensive mail-order catalogue and main-street astronomical telescopes Patrick has admitted to being astonished by how good some of them are. Today, the best are now excellent value and useful instruments. Part One of Astronomy With a Mail-order Telescope provides reports on some available models along with detailed and essential hints and tips about what to look for when buying. Part Two describes how best to use the telescope, which celestial objects to observe (with full-page star charts to help find them), what you can expect to see, and how to take and even computer-enhance astronomical photographs.
The first part of this text features test reports and essential hints and tips for buying, and the second explains how to use one of these low-cost telescopes for observing and even photographing celestial objects. The book is in full colour throughout and is suitable for anyone who is just taking up amateur astronomy.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 127-129) and index.
Unlike in the past, many of today's inexpensive mail-order catalog telescopes provide excellent value and are proving to be useful instruments. Astronomy with a Mail-Order Telescope provides useful information on some of the available models, along with detailed and essential hints and tips about what to look for when buying. The second part of the book describes how best to use the telescope, which celestial objects to observe (with full-page star charts to help find them), what you can expect to see, and how to take (and even computer enhance) astronomical photographs.
Table of Contents
Foreword.- Introduction.- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.- How to Buy a Mail-order (or Main Street store) Telescope.- Specifications.- Accessories.- Using a Mail-order Telescope.- Care & Maintenance.- Travelling with Your Telescope.- Setting up an Equatorial Mounting.- Observing the Solar System.- The Moon.- The Sun.- The Planets.- The Asteroids.- Comets.- Observing the Stars and Galaxies.- Locating Stars.- Star Colours.- Spectral Classes.- Double Stars.- Multiple Stars.- Variable Stars.- Star Clusters.- Nebulae.- Galaxies.- Photography and Imaging.- Photographing the Moon.- Photographing the Sun.- Photographing the Deep Sky.- Image Processing Software.- Sharpness.- Contrast and Brightness.- Unsharp Masking.- Colour Saturation and Hue.- Trying Out Some Typical Mail-order Telescopes.- Goldline Optical T70.- Tasco Luminova 675x Reflector Telescope.- Helios 60mm Altazimuth.- Helios 60mm equatorial.- The Next Steps.
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