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Building and Using Binoscopes (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series) Paperback – 3 Nov 2014

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2015 edition (3 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3319076884
  • ISBN-13: 978-3319076881
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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“The book is a valuable addition to Springer’s Practical Astronomy series authorized by the late Sir Patrick Moore, and makes a genuine contribution to the ‘how-to’ literature of amateur astronomy. In its ten chapters, Binoscopes rambles cheerfully through the whys and wherefores of binocular telescopes … . I would certainly recommend this book to any amateur astronomer keen to explore the possibilities offered by doubling up their telescopes, and I hope it does well.” (Fred Watson, The Observatory, Vol. 136 (1253), August, 2016)

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Focusing on both homemade and commercial products, this book provides the reader with simple and straightforward information about the modelling and building of binoscopes. Binoscopes can be thought of as binoculars enlarged to the size of telescopes: essentially, a combination of the two. Constructing a binoscope is easier than most people think, but it still demands attention to detail and proper background knowledge. The author goes on to provide additional information about how to understand the products currently on the market, should the reader choose to purchase a binoscope instead of building one. Lastly, the book also compares binoscopes with telescopes in great detail, outlining the differences the reader can expect to see in the night sky from using both. The celestial views obtained with a binoscope, compared to a single telescope of the same aperture, are a very different experience and well worth the effort.

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A mixture of different information on binoculars and binoscopes. It has more of a webpage than book feel about the whole thing. Sadly not enough detailed information on making binoscope as far as I'm concerned, though the examples given are useful to start with.
The wrong aspect ratio of a lot the photos should have been picked up before printing....scaling portrait or landscape photos into squares is never going to look pretty !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring a New Generation of Binoscope Enthusiasts! 2 July 2016
By Gene Cross, aka: "optixwiz" - Published on
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Inspiring a new generation of binoscope enthusiasts will likely be the outcome of this great read-! Norm Butler's enthusiasm for his subject is quite contagious in a very good way. Norm's compilation of his own designs and builds, and those of others, puts together, for the first time in one grand resource, virtually all proven binoscope concepts. This is quite a valuable endeavor-! It is also a pleasant read.

Now for some caveats. This is not a "how-to-book" for the neophyte who has never built a telescope. Notwithstanding that, the neophyte can learn a lot from this book. Also, quite a few technical terms are assumed to be known to the reader, which is very likely the case for a practiced telescope maker or user. One critic complained about the improper aspect ratio of some illustrations; this is quite true, and does detract, but, considering the major technical contents, is a nit.

This book is recommended-!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Its a good book on the subject - I think amatuer binoscopes ... 7 Aug. 2015
By Gary L. - Published on
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Its a good book on the subject - I think amatuer binoscopes is an idea whose time has come.

I had to give it 4 stars, though because of the poor page layout done by the publisher. This has nothing to do with Norman Butler or his writing, although he must be even more disappointed than I. Many of the photos in the book are distorted due to whoever did the page layout clearly didn't understand what they were doing. They changed the size of many of the pictures to fit the page space they wanted (a common technique in publishing) but they didn't crop or keep the aspect ratio the same! I used to think more highly of Springer as a publisher. I can completely understand if a new-hire did the page layout and needed some experience, but the editor who allowed this to go out the door needs a talking to.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It is not a “How-To” book 17 Jun. 2016
By Eugene - Published on
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I had really big hopes for this book, as the whole subject of binoscope designing and building is not that well covered anywhere in literature or articles. It is not a “How-To” book; I totally agree with another reviewer that it is just a random collection of the information from the Internet.
4.0 out of 5 stars Photos need to be of better quality and the aspect ratio maintained 21 Jan. 2015
By Keith Wilson, NZ - Published on
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Reasonably helpful for me in building my bino. The formatting of the book needs a lot more work, especially of the photos. Photos need to be of better quality and the aspect ratio maintained.
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd recommend it to anyone who is planning on building one 2 Nov. 2015
By Chris C - Published on
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Very informative. There is a lot of material here. We've been using this book to aid us on our own binoscope project. I'd recommend it to anyone who is planning on building one.
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