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The Backyard Astronomer's Guide
The Backyard Astronomer's Guide
by Terence Dickinson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.40

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Can't LIve Without This, 24 May 2013
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I exaggerate for effect, of course but this publication is the DBs. It's written by Americans and the products mentioned and recommended are primarily aimed at the American market but most are available in the UK and those that aren't have equivalents (I think SkyWatcher products go by the name of 'Synta' in the 'States, for example).

If you're thinking of taking up astronomy, your first purchase should be this book. You should then read the chapters on telescopes and eyepieces before spending a penny more - I kid you not; it'll save you from making expensive mistakes and buying something which is too cumbersome or complicated to see regular use. If you've already bought your 'scope and are thinking of adding more eyepieces or other accessories, again, buy this first and you'll discover that a larger finder scope or red-dot finder will enhance you viewing pleasure more than any fancy optics.

If you're concerned that it might be out of date, fret ye not as it's been updated. It is, without question, the best amateur astronomy book I've ever encountered.


3.5" 4 Slot All in 1 Internal Card Reader + 1 Port USB 2.0 + 1 Spare Face Front
3.5" 4 Slot All in 1 Internal Card Reader + 1 Port USB 2.0 + 1 Spare Face Front
Offered by Accessories Arena
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Bargain, 24 May 2013
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An absolute bargain, all slots work like a dream and the cable was plenty long enough for my mini-tower case. However, mine didn't come with any fixing screws which wasn't a problem for me, being an ex-PC engineer with a large stash of spares but would be quite frustrating for those who don't.
When you install it, ensure that the USB socket is properly mated to the connector on the motherboard but don't press too hard or you'll damage the board. Gentle but firm little wiggles from side to side is the way to go.
Also be aware that once installed and the PC is rebooted, the more recent versions of Windows will autodetect your new hardware and will install drivers. This will work but not optimally - it'll read any card you insert but when you safely remove it, the OS doesn't properly let go and doesn't detect that the card has been physically removed. This means that you won't be able to read it or any other you insert. The solution is simple: run the 'IconUtility_Generic_AllInOne_Setup' program in the \AU6371 AU6366\IconUtility_Generic_AllInOne_Setup folder and follow the onscreen prompts. Shimples!

So far, the unit appears reliable and works exactly what you'd expect. Wny spend more?


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