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Astronomy with Small Telescopes: Up to 5-Inch, 125 MM (Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series,)by S. F. Tonkin
Synopses & Reviews
Small telescopes have a lot to recommend them.Cost is of course a consideration, but their most positive feature is sheer portability. Some manufacturers have tried to make large telescopes more portable (with mixed success), but the opposite approach, that of making small telescopes more effective, is what this book is all about.Good 2-inch (60mm) telescopes are now available for beginners, and major American manufacturers now offer small, affordable computer-controlled instruments that are capable of superb results.Stephen Tonkin has gathered the experience of users of small telescopes to provide an insight into just what is possible - for newcomers to astronomy or experienced observers who simply want to use a small, really portable telescope.
The purpose of this volume is to serve as a guide to give the astronomer some idea of what is attainable when using small telescopes. A range of relatively inexpensive designs are discussed and their capabilities noted.
Small telescopes, whether simple beginners' telescopes or refined computer-controlled instruments, are gaining popularity fast as technology improves and public interest increases. In this book the author has brought together the experience of small telescope users to provide an insightful look into just what is possible. It is written for newcomers to astronomy and experts. Topics covered include: refractors, reflectors, advanced catadioptric telescopes, and a simple radio telescope. Almost everyone with an interest in practical astronomy will want this book.
Table of Contents
Introduction.- Refractors: 1. Upgrading a 60mm Refractor - Stephen Tonkin. 2. Experiences with a 60mm Telescope - Robert Hatch. 3. Observing with a 60mm Refractor - Stephen Tonkin. 4. The Orion ShortTube 80mm Rich-Field Refractor - Dave Mitsky. 5. Visual Observation of Deep-Sky Objects with Small Telescopes - Jay Reynolds Freeman.- Reflectors: 6. A 4"Reflector in the Hands of a Youngster - Tim Tonkin. 7. The Orion ShortTube Reflector - Dwight Elvey. 8. The Celestron Firstscope 114 Deluxe - Kevin P Daly.- Catadioptics: 9. The Mighty ETX - Michael L Weasner. 10. The "C5++" - Stephen Tonkin.- Radio: 11. Meteor Observations with a Small Radio Telescope - Stephen Tonkin.- Contributors.
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