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Astrofaqs: Questions Amateur Astronomers Frequently Ask (Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series,)by Stephen Tonkin
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This clear easy-to-understand book helps "new" amateur astronomers by answering the most frequently asked questions. The idea is to quickly take the reader to a level of expertise significantly higher than that provided by general books. Each chapter is on a different subject, from what to buy through to how to use it and what to look at. The tips and techniques are applicable to all telescope users.
This work aims to help "new" amateur astronomers by answering the most frequently asked questions. Each chapter is on a different subject, from what to buy through to how to use it and what to look at. The tips and techniques are applicable to all telescope users.
Table of Contents
Introduction.- Choosing Equipment: Choosing Binoculars. Choosing a Telescope. Choosing Eyepieces. Choosing Accessories, Filters, Finders, Lighting, Guiding. Astrophotography.- Setting Up: Polar Alignment. Using Setting Circles.- Getting the Best out of Your Optics: How Does a Telescope Work? Understanding Aberrations. Star Testing. Collimating. Cleaning the Optics. Observing Criteria.- Understanding the Celestial Sphere: Positional Astronomy. Time. Interpolating Ephemerides.- Miscellaneous: Counteracting Dew. Dressing for the cold. Magnitudes.- Handy Formulae: Magnification. Exit Pupil Size. Secondary Offset. Limiting Magnitude. Telescope Resolution. Co-ordinate Conversion.- Glossary.- Bibliography.
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