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Choosing and Using a New Cat: Getting the Most from Your Schmidt Cassegrain or Any Catadioptric Telescope (Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy)

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Catadioptric telescopes (CATs), such as the Schmidt Cassegrains, are increasingly popular with today's amateur astronomers and are capable of showing even the novice observer thousands of beautiful deep space wonders. Modern CATs, though, have become increasingly reliant on computers. This allows them to automatically point to and track celestial objects, making astronomy more accessible to more people than ever before. Unfortunately, because of the high-tech nature of these telescopes, selecting one and learning how to use it is often a difficult experience for stargazers both old and new. That's where Choosing and Using the New CAT comes in. This book guides even the most greenhorn astronomer past the pitfalls encountered on the path to enjoying the beauties and mysteries of the universe. Here you will learn not just which telescope is right for you but how to set up, operate, and maintain the most complex and electronics-laden CAT. There are plenty of tips for keeping the new CAT happy and working correctly, and there is even guidance on advanced applications, such as hooking computers to CATs and using these telescopes to take gorgeous pictures of planets and deep space objects. This book gives readers the benefit of the author's thirty-five years experience using and enjoying catadioptric telescopes and solving the problems that inevitably crop up. If you dream of owning a telescope or are frustrated by the telescope you already own, this is the book for you!

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Commercial astronomical telescopes are increasingly complex, with sophisticated computers now the norm. This guide is designed to help astronomers understand these complex new instruments. The author has a proven track record in helping people enjoy astronomy.

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Choosing and Using the New CAT will supersede the author's successful Choosing and Using a Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope, which has enjoyed enthusiastic support from the amateur astronomy community for the past seven years.

Since the first book was published, a lot has changed in the technology of amateur astronomy. The sophistication and variety of the telescopes available to amateurs has increased dramatically. Computerized SCTs, Maksutov-Cassegrains, and most recently Meade's new and acclaimed Ritchey-Chrétiens have come to dominate the market. That means that all amateurs considering the purchase of a new telescope (not only a SCT, and not just beginners) will benefit from this detailed guide. Choosing the right telescope for particular kinds of observation (or even for general work) is far from easy - but Rod Mollise gives invaluable advice and guidance.

Synopsis:

Choosing and Using the New CAT will supersede the author's successful Choosing and Using a Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope, which has enjoyed enthusiastic support from the amateur astronomy community for the past seven years. Since the first book was published, a lot has changed in the technology of amateur astronomy. The sophistication and variety of the telescopes available to amateurs has increased dramatically. Computerized SCTs, Maksutov-Cassegrains, and most recently Meade's new and acclaimed Ritchey-Chrétiens have come to dominate the market. That means that all amateurs considering the purchase of a new telescope (not only a SCT, and not just beginners) will benefit from this detailed guide. Choosing the right telescope for particular kinds of observation (or even for general work) is far from easy - but Rod Mollise gives invaluable advice and guidance.

About the Author

Rod Mollise is a test engineer for Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, and is affiliated to the University of South Alabama (Part Time Faculty (Physics Department)). He is the author of Choosing and Using a Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope (Springer), The Urban Astronomer's Guide (Springer), Introduction to Astronomy: Activities (University of South Alabama Physics Department (co-author), and a contributor to Night Sky, Sky and Telescope and Amateur Astronomy.

Table of Contents

Introduction.- What's a CAT?- Why a CAT [Catadioptric Telescope]?- Inside a CAT: the different designs.- Which CAT? The Buyer's Guide.- The Out-of-Box Experience.-Accessories for Your CAT.- From That Very First Night: Setup and Checkout.- Computer-assistance: mastering "go-to", GPS, and other complications.- The Care and Feeding of a CAT: Maintenance and set-up.- Observing with a CAT: from the Moon to the Quasars.- The Digital CAT: Deep Sky and Planetary Imaging.- Index.- Appendices.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780387097718
Author:
Mollise, Rod
Publisher:
Springer
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Subject:
Star Observation
Subject:
Reflecting telescopes
Subject:
Catadioptric systems
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
Astronomy books
Subject:
Maksutov
Subject:
RCT
Subject:
SCT
Subject:
Telescopes
Subject:
Amateur astronomy
Subject:
Practical Astronomy
Subject:
sky and telescope
Subject:
Astronomy, Observations and Techniques
Subject:
Popular Science in Astronomy
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
B
Subject:
Physics and Astronomy
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Edition Description:
Book
Series:
The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
Publication Date:
20081212
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
235 x 155 mm

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"Synopsis" by , Commercial astronomical telescopes are increasingly complex, with sophisticated computers now the norm. This guide is designed to help astronomers understand these complex new instruments. The author has a proven track record in helping people enjoy astronomy.
"Synopsis" by , Choosing and Using the New CAT will supersede the author's successful Choosing and Using a Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope, which has enjoyed enthusiastic support from the amateur astronomy community for the past seven years.

Since the first book was published, a lot has changed in the technology of amateur astronomy. The sophistication and variety of the telescopes available to amateurs has increased dramatically. Computerized SCTs, Maksutov-Cassegrains, and most recently Meade's new and acclaimed Ritchey-Chrétiens have come to dominate the market. That means that all amateurs considering the purchase of a new telescope (not only a SCT, and not just beginners) will benefit from this detailed guide. Choosing the right telescope for particular kinds of observation (or even for general work) is far from easy - but Rod Mollise gives invaluable advice and guidance.

"Synopsis" by , Choosing and Using the New CAT will supersede the author's successful Choosing and Using a Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope, which has enjoyed enthusiastic support from the amateur astronomy community for the past seven years. Since the first book was published, a lot has changed in the technology of amateur astronomy. The sophistication and variety of the telescopes available to amateurs has increased dramatically. Computerized SCTs, Maksutov-Cassegrains, and most recently Meade's new and acclaimed Ritchey-Chrétiens have come to dominate the market. That means that all amateurs considering the purchase of a new telescope (not only a SCT, and not just beginners) will benefit from this detailed guide. Choosing the right telescope for particular kinds of observation (or even for general work) is far from easy - but Rod Mollise gives invaluable advice and guidance.
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