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Choosing and Using a Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope: A Guide to Commercial SCTs and Maksutovs (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series)

Choosing and Using a Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope: A Guide to Commercial SCTs and Maksutovs (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series) [Kindle Edition]

Rod Mollise
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From the reviews of the first edition:

"This new addition to the growing collection of practical astronomy books in the Springer-Verlag Patrick Moore collection is devoted to the ubiquitous Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope (SCT). American author Rod Mollise has been using these telescopes for over 25 years and has provided an excellent primer for those intending to purchase an SCT or Maksutov telescope. Much useful information and advice is included … . I’d certainly recommend this book to all current and prospective STC owners." (The Deep Sky Observer Magazine, Issue 128, 2002)

"I think it’s fair to say the Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope … is one of the most popular in the world. It is immediately clear that the author does indeed have 25 years experience of SCTs; this book is very well written and one of the best of its kind that I have read. … I wish this book had been available when I bought my first SCT and even though I now consider myself an experienced SCT user, I still found much useful advice." (Mark Armstrong, Astronomy Now, August, 2002)

"Rod’s book is extremely comprehensive; covering everything you need to know about what must be the most popular telescope configuration on this planet, the Catadioptric or CAT. … I really enjoyed this book. I highly recommend it to any aspiring or experienced observer … . The vast majority of the information on the book is applicable to any observer regardless of the scope she owns. … the freshness of approach and the incredible sense of enthusiasm will energise the most jaded telescope user." (Kevin Berwick, Cloudy Nights Telescope Reviews, July, 2002)

"For Internet astronomy newsgroup readers, Rod Mollise needs little introduction. He is one of the most knowledgeable guys around on anything to do with Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes … . It is not surprising that he has now put pen to paper and written this guide to commercial SCTs and Maksutovs. … In my opinion, Choosing and Using a Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope is the most informative and authoritative guide to SCTs and Maksutovs available and is an absolute ‘must have’ for both prospective purchasers and existing owners." (Gordon Nason, Astronomy & Space, December, 2001)

"Astronomy magazines are full of advertisements for Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes. … this book provides an excellent guide to all its various components, and the different accessories which can be added. … There’s a sensible guide to the objects that can be observed, and a realistic assessment of what is likely to be seen. … New owners, of a Schmidt-Cassegrain will learn almost everything they need to know; and old ones (like this reviewer) will be inspired to get out there again, with new techniques and goals." (Fiona Vincent, The Observatory, Vol.121 (1165), 2001)

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Amateur astronomy is becoming increasingly popular, mostly because of the availability of relatively low-cost astronomical telescopes such as the Schmidt-Cassegrain and Maksutovs. The author describes what these instruments will do, how to use them, and which are the best - he draws on 25-years of experience with telescopes. There are sections on accessories, observing techniques, and hints and tips on: cleaning, collimating, maintaining the telescope, mounting, using the telescope in various conditions, computer control, and imaging (wet, digital and CCD). This is the perfect book for amateur astronomers who are about to invest in a new Schmidt-Cassegrain or Maksutov telescope, or for those who already have one and want to get the most out of it.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4886 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 1 edition (20 April 2001)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best 2 Oct 2001
As a experienced telescope user, committed astronomer and Astro Student, I would suggest that every serious user get a copy of this book. You might not own a "light-bucket" ... and have a simple 70mm ... but the tips and tricks are so very useful. I would not hesitate to recommend this publication to all who "know it all". My only hope that Mr Mollise write more like this. It sits proudly on my shelf .. and very well thumbed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a well written book, with a sensible structure. 19 Oct 2010
Rod Mollise is well known in the Astronomy community, for his frequent field trips, which he publishes weekly on his own blogspot.
His writings are educational, and often humorous. Most amature astronomers will be able to relate to his tribulations easily.

His book, ""Choosing and using a Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope", is clear, and covers all aspects of the title very adequately.
There are very few books which seek to enlighten and educate on this subject to any depth, and Rod's book helps fill the literal vacuum on this subject.
Completely recommended to all Amature Astronomers of all capabilities.
Because I was so impressed with it, I also purchased his other book "The Urban Astronomers Guide", which I also recommend without reservation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Old Edition - Caveat Emptor 10 Mar 2014
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Absolutely do not buy this book! Rod Mollise is a fabulously engaging writer and his books are always worth reading, but this is the first edition of this book and it is now so hopelessly out of date as to render it of no other than historical value. I note the following details listed under Amazon's product details for the publisher: "Springer 2001 edition (4 October 2013)" - whatever its meaning, what purpose does the "4 October 2013" date serve, except to mislead the buyer? The edition dated 29 December 2008 is now somewhat out of date but is still useful, and less than half the price listed for this edition. As regards this edition, what is the justification for charging nearly £35 for a book that ought to be pulped? I've spent thousands of pounds via Amazon over the last ten years and have never once felt the urge to write a negative review, but this is the first time that I have felt misled by them, indeed, so thoroughly cheated. One star is one too many.
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4.0 out of 5 stars choosing a smith cassegrain telescope 21 July 2011
By Allan
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Great book if you want to know all about the smith-cass type of optical system and how to take care of it. Easy to understand and well written in plain speak. I bought it to get more knowledge on the subject and thanks to this book I went away and bought a different optical system. So in a way it saved me a lot of grief by buying the wrong optical system for my needs. Out of interest I bought a Newtonian system instead. Great book, expensive to buy, but saved me lots of money in the end.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely helpful suggestions 24 Dec 2001
By Torrey Pines - Published on
The book has great information, including, how to set up your scope, tips on filters, how to collimate the scope, how to transport and care for your telescope, choosing a telescope, and much more. The book is targeted toward owners of Meade and Celestron telescopes with fork mounts, but this should not dissuade you. Much of the information in the book is useful for owners of equatorially mounted scopes, as well. Examples of tips are-- to reduce tripod vibration, hang a gallon jug of water from the bottom of the mount or the tray. Or, to safely transport your scope to a dark site, use a foam-lined cooler. Very comprehensive, well-written, and far reaching in its coverage of all aspects of telescope ownership and use. Highly recommended!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Choosing and Using as Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope 26 Aug 2001
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The author provides a complete review of SCT and Makstovs covering all the basics of operation. The chapters on setup, testing and observing are much clearer then the manuals that come with a new scope. If you are considering spending a $1000+ on a new scope you should get this book first. The section on "keeping Your Cat Happy" shows ways to improve your scope's operation without spending a lot. This is stuff that works from dew shields to warning lights. The only limit I have seen in the book is that the goto technology described is changing yet again with new scopes. Celestron has just introduced units with a built in GPS & electronic compasses that find their own location and time. I am sure that Meade can not far behind in introducing their own version. Exploring the stars with SCTs has never been easier, but don't start the trip without this book.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I could find 28 Oct 2002
By T. Vervaeke - Published on
This is an awesome book. It answered about a million questions that I had about equipment, accessories, a bit of telescope
history, etc.. It held my hand step-by-step during the search for a new telescope and then again once I had my new telescope in my hands. I found the author's writing style to very very good for the person brand new to Astronomy. I've already recommended this book to 5-6 other folks. It contains enough information that it will be useful for quite a while as there are many aspects of my new telescope that I'm not ready to try yet.
This book is pretty darn expensive but worth every penny. With good telescopes costing from [X], the price of this book isn't much.
The tips alone on new telescope assembly, setup, checkout,
etc.. are invaluable.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Valuable Reference 1 July 2002
By William E. Arthur III - Published on
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This is the book I wish I had read before I purchased my SCT (to understand what I was getting into) and that I wish had come as its user's guide. While it provides great explanations and many useful tips on setting up and using an SCT, it also honestly describes potential drawbacks (e.g., weight, transportability). Mr. Mollise also understands -- and wryly comments on -- "reality" for many amateur astronomers: At one point he descibes the many amateurs who talk about astrophotography but never quite get to the point of taking a picture -- which is true of many amateurs.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lot's of Good Info 14 Mar 2006
By Daniel Parker - Published on
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I am in the market for a new SCT and this book came in handy in helping me make my choice. Having direct access to the author through a user group helped also, which leads me to the only negative remark I have to make...time for a second edition! My the times are changin and there are new scopes which need reviewing and explaining. So please Mr. Mollise, come out with a revised edition! Thanks!!
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