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How to use an astronomical telescope
on 12 June 2009
This book is clearly written by someone who knows his stuff and is passionate about sharing with people his interest.
Putting a telescope together tends to be a very maker-specific so a book like this one is never going to be a substitute for the instruction manual.
To get past this, contact your local astronomy club, who will be of great help.
Once you've got your scope up and running, the rest of the process will be a joy with this book. James's observational priorities are fantastic and you will be master of all you survey in no time!
Well, master of some..... knowing it all would be no fun at all, would it?
James's advice on where you point your scope is the most important part of this book. The "Choosing your telescope" section is a little out of date. Prices have dropped significantly, and the later Maksutov type telescope isn't dealt with, but is useful. Care and precautions are dealt with well.
However, any gaps in this book can be easily sorted with information and help from your local club and perhaps excellent magazines like Astronomy Now, Sky & Telepscope and the latest BBC Sky at Night magazine.
So, a bargain, after all! Buy it!