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The Science and Art of Using Telescopes (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series)

The Science and Art of Using Telescopes (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series) [Kindle Edition]

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Amateur astronomers have to start somewhere. Most begin by buying a modest astronomical telescope and getting to know the night sky. After a while, many want to move on to the next stage, but this can be problematic. The magazines advertise a mass of commercially-made equipment – some of it very expensive – which can represent a major financial outlay. The trick is to choose the right equipment, and then use it to its fullest extent. Observing Skills: The Science and Art of using Astronomical Telescopes provides the required information. First, it explains how to get the best from entry-level equipment (that upgrade may not even be needed for a year or two!). Second, it explains how to select equipment that is at the ‘next level’, and describes how use more advanced telescopes and accessories. The book is organized according to observational targets, and although it concentrates mainly on visual observing, it concludes with a section on imaging and the equipment currently available – from regular digital cameras, through webcams, to specialized chilled-chip CCD cameras. Observing Skills: The Science and Art of using Astronomical Telescopes is the perfect follow-up to Moore and Watson: Astronomy with a Budget Telescope and Tonkin: AstroFAQs . It neatly fills the gap between these introductory books and the more advanced books in Springer’s Practical Astronomy list.

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You’re not a beginner anymore. Yet you’re not sure how to take the next steps.

Perhaps you are thinking of specializing in a certain kind of viewing. Perhaps you have some extra money to spend and are wondering what would be the best way to spend it. Or maybe you are looking for new challenges or how to make the most of the equipment you have.

There are lots of ways you can proceed. This book will help you move in whatever direction you want to move. It will take you to the next level, and show you all the possibilities. Lots of invaluable advice and tips from an experienced and knowledgeable sky gazer will set you on the right path and turn an interesting hobby into a lifelong passion.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4468 KB
  • Print Length: 411 pages
  • Publisher: Springer New York; 1 edition (3 Oct 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smashing Book! 26 Jan 2012
Really pleased with this book....very infomative...full of lots of useful information on astronomy....I shant hesitate to buy more! Very good value for money and the seller was very prompt at the delivery too. Weel done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Book 4 Aug 2014
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Excellent introductory book for a beginner
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good solid book on about how to do things with your telescope 31 Mar 2010
By William D. Steen - Published on
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Really enjoyed this book. It is very readable, with enough humorous twists to keep me reading almost straight through. This is a quality book throughout with lots of "how-to's" in it. I am glad that I made the purchase.

This is an intermediate book that assumes you know at least a little about telescopes and astronomy. Many good pictures. Made with quality materials.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for those moving beyond beginner 22 Jan 2011
By Margaret M. Sullivan - Published on
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Whether you are star gazing or into imaging, this book is a good reference. I especially liked the imaging section because it's very current and user friendly.
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