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Choosing and Using a New CAT: Getting the Most from Your Schmidt Cassegrain or Any Catadioptric Telescope (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series)

Choosing and Using a New CAT: Getting the Most from Your Schmidt Cassegrain or Any Catadioptric Telescope (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series) [Kindle Edition]

Rod Mollise
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"This book covers a huge subject: catadioptric telescopes. … It’s an invaluable resource describing what equipment is available, including Schmidt-and Maksutov-Cassegrains and their Newtonian variants. … Mollise includes details of brands such as Sky-Watcher and Orion Optics, increasing the book’s value to a wider audience. … overall this is an enjoyable and very informative book … ." (Steve Richards, Sky at Night Magazine, September, 2009)

“If you frequent online discussion areas for astronomical assistance or amusement, you’ve no doubt seen a message or 20 from ‘Uncle Rod’ Mollise. … His latest book tackles one of his favorite subjects: the compact … powerful catadioptric telescope (a ‘CAT’), which comes in Schmidt-Cassegrain, Maksutov, and Ritchey-Chrétien configurations. … Mollise walks you through everything you need to know about these scopes … you can make an informed decision to buy one and operate it effectively.” (Sky & Telescope, April, 2009)

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7342 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B003RCKUXA
  • Publisher: Springer New York; 1 edition (28 Feb 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book but some serious flaws too 15 Nov 2010
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This book is written in an easy to read style and contains a lot of useful information. I would recommend it to anyone considering buying a CAT as it really explains the peculiarities of these scopes and how to choose, set up and use one. However, this book is not for people who already have a CAT as most of it is dedicated to choosing your scope and the initial set up. The Hacks chapter has a few ideas that may be of use to someone who already owns a CAT but it's probably not enough to justify the price.

The biggest problem with this book though is that it is riddled with typos. It clearly has not been proofread prior to distribution. For the most part these are minor annoyances (eg talking about a telescope with a 15mm diameter) but there are times when they are critical. For example, in several places numbers are replaced with a question mark and this renders the information useless.

However, on balance this is a decent enough book and a worthwhile investment if you are thinking about getting your first CAT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 8 Sep 2013
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Rod knows his stuff. I have all of his books and he is informative and clear in his advice. Another winner for Rod
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for SCT beginners 30 Jan 2009
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I am familiar with "Uncle" Rod Mollise's writing from several astronomy websites he owns or is a member of. Most deal with the type telescope known as the "SCT", short for Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope.
He is an acknowledged guru of this scope type, and I have found his advice to be very good.
If you are just thinking of getting your first SCT, or have already bought one, but are swimming in deep water, this is the book for you. It covers most of the subject matter you would be asking about, and even includes a profile of certain scope makes and models, plus a section on eyepieces and accessories to use in them. I highly recommend this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read! 15 Jan 2010
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I had become familiar with "Uncle Rod's" wealth of experience from his entries on Cloudy Nights forums. Then I discovered his online "Used CAT" guide. Wow, what a lot of information for an equipment junkie or anyone interested in astronomy. Then the coup-de-gras, this updated guide on Cat scopes and almost every other topic of interest to an amateur astronomer! I have read every word several times over. If I had only read it BEFORE I whipped out the old credit card and bought that last scope trying to reach observing nirvana I would have saved a lot of money and frustration. I am a CEO of a popular educational publishing company and I know how much work and love goes into such a tome. It is extremely up to date and that is not easy in such a fast moving hobby.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the comprehensive CAT guide 1 Sep 2010
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this is one of those books that no only expresses but achieves the aspiration to be a classic. for the reader who is relatively new to amateur astronomy generally, or new to the catadioptric (CAT) telescopes specifically, this book is as essential and useful as "norton's star atlas", "sky atlas 2000" and several deep sky observing guides besides.

although every chapter title is a play on the acronym cat ("Care and feeding of a CAT", "Inside a CAT," "Hacking a CAT", etc.) in a way that suggests a limited topic coverage, i found some amusement in trying to find a topic that *is not* discussed in this 335 page guide. collimation? a 5 page discussion. mandatory items, like flashlights or dew heaters? check. the use of a hartman mask for precise focusing? pages 294-95. how to deal with telescope dealers? yep. how to use a dark hood, and the importance of warm feet? it's in there. a review of telescope brands and models, astronomy software and a long list of astronomical dealer and web sites? oh yeah. i did finally stump him: there's no formula to compute an eyepiece true field of view using the star drift method (mollise gives the optical formula instead).

elsewhere i gave a negative review of another CAT volume in the patrick moore series because it nohow lived up to its title. with mollise the circumstances are just the reverse: until you pick up this apparently humble book, you'll have no idea how much useful stuff is in here.

essential reading before you buy a CAT telescope, and very helpful reading for every night that you use a telescope, no matter what kind it is.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know before jumping in. 10 Sep 2011
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This is a no-nonsense book that tells all. Telescope brands by name are compared, giving strengths and weaknesses. Techniques for success are described in detail. The author leaves nothing to guesswork. He evens covers the psychology of making the commitment to become an amateur astronomer. If it is not for you, do not make the financial investment. It is rare to fined as balanced a guide, especially considering the scope (so to speak) of the topic. Very highly recommended. (And the basis for MY financial commitment for a hobby to last me the rest of my life.)
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Choosing and Using a New CAT: Gettig the Most from Your Schmidt Cassegrain 11 Jun 2009
By Trevor R. Klaproth - Published on
If you want to buy a CAT or already own one this book is fantastic. It is up to date and has a great amount of useful data for the future or current owners of these telescopes.

A must have book for possible buyers or owners of CATs.
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