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1. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of
2. The Sky is Your Laboratory: Advanced
3. Digital SLR Astrophotography (Practical
4. Beyond the Solar System/100 Best
5. How to Use a Computerized Telescope:
6. Teach Yourself VISUALLY Astronomy
7. Advanced Amateur Astronomy
8. Stargazing Basics: Getting Started
9. Beginner's Guide to Amateur Astronomy:
10. The 100 Best Astrophotography
11. My Heavens!: The Adventures of
12. Astrophysics is Easy!: An Introduction
13. The Guide to Amateur Astronomy
14. Viewing the Constellations with
15. Astronomy For Dummies
16. Observational Astronomy for Amateurs
17. The Amateur Astronomer (Patrick
18. Astronomical Equipment for Amateurs
19. Choosing and Using a New CAT:
20. So You Want a Meade LX Telescope!:

1. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Amateur Astronomy
by Michael E. Bakich
Hardcover: 354 Pages (2003-07-14)
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Asin: 0521812984
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This complete reference provides a wealth of practical information covering all aspects of amateur astronomy. Organized thematically for ease of use, it covers observing techniques, telescopes and observatories, internet resources, and the objects that can be studied. Those new to the field will find tips, techniques and plans on how to begin their quest, and more advanced observers will find useful advice on how to get more from their hobby. Michael E. Bakich obtained a bachelors degree in Astronomy from Ohio State University and a masters degree in Planetarium Education from Michigan State University.He has written numerous original planetarium programs, and gives lectures on astronomy to groups of all ages.He is also a tour guide to eclipses and astro-archaeological sites. Bakich has written two previous books: The Cambridge Planetary Handbook (2000) and The Cambridge Guide to the Constellations (1995), both published by Cambridge University Press. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
The purpose of this book is to give someone just starting out in amateur astronomy a foundation from which to work.This book accomplishes that task very well.It covers the basics of a wide range of topics.The Author presents this material in a conversational style which makes it an easy read.While this book is very similar in purpose to Dickinson/Dyers's Backyard Astronomer's Guide, it doesn't go into as great a detail on most topics.If you are just starting out in amateur astronomy you should consider buying this book. Two additions I would have liked to have seen in this book were 1.) A section with starmaps, and 2.)A section on how to starhop with examples.These two items should be in any beginners book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Book on Mediocre Paper
An excellent book that takes a unique approach to explaining the world of amateur astronomy.I use this book more as a reference than a door to beginning to understand the huge world of astronomy (Terence Dickinson in Nightwatch does that best).Has an excellent Equipment section (especially the filters area), great planetary info in the Solar System section, and very handy reference charts in the back of the book.

For the price of this book, you'd expect paper quality to at least be equal to The Backyard Astronomer's Guide (Dickinson, Dyer)-- but it isn't.The paper is cheap and really doesn't stand up well to the heavy page turning I have subjected it to - a minor gripe though.There is stuff in this book that is very hard to find elsewhere.Check it out in your local bookstore -- then buy it here at Amazon for a substantial discount off retail if you like it! ... Read more

2. The Sky is Your Laboratory: Advanced Astronomy Projects for Amateurs (Springer Praxis Books / Popular Astronomy)
by Robert Buchheim
Paperback: 302 Pages (2007-07-31)
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Asin: 0387718222
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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For the experienced amateur astronomer who is wondering if there is something useful, valuable, and permanent that can be done with his or her observational skills, the answer is, "Yes, you can!" This is the book for the experienced amateur astronomer who is ready to take a new step in his or her astronomical journey. Unfortunately, there is no modern text that points curious amateur astronomers to the research possibilities that are open to them. At the 2006 meeting of the Society for Astronomical Sciences, quite a few participants agreed that the lack of such a text was a serious gap in the astronomical book market, and that this gap is impeding their efforts to encourage more amateur astronomers to get involved in research collaborations. This book will fill that gap, and enable more amateur astronomers to add research-type studies to their pursuit of the hobby.

Written by an astronomer who is well known amongst the amateur and professional community for the skill and quality of his work, this book describes a wide range of research areas where amateurs are gathering new scientific data that is utilized by professional astronomers. For each research area, the book provides a concise explanation of the purpose and value of the amateurs’ observations, a description of the equipment that is needed, specific observing procedures, complete data reduction instructions, and an explanation of how, and where, to submit results so that they will be available to the professional users.

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5-0 out of 5 stars From Hobby To Science
Astronomy is one of the very few sciences where amateurs can make significant contributions and where amateur contributions are valued by the professional community. I returned to serious astronomy several years ago. I wanted to do more than just star gaze and taking pretty photos (which I still love). If you have felt the same way, then this book is a must read. Buchheim presents a plethora of different research programs that can be undertaken with modest (or even no) equipment. One of my particular interests is photometry, the measurement of light to study such things as variable stars and asteroid light curves. Buchheim takes the novice through all of the concepts and presents this material in a manner that allows the reader to understand the basic concepts and how to undertake a number of observing programs from differential photometry to all-sky to asteroid light curves The same is true for astrometry and the search for asteroids. And, these are just two of the areas of research discussed. In short, if you want to move from "just observing," and get into astronomical research and make valued contributions to science, this book will guide you through to success.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT, thorough treatment!
I agree with the other reviews I've seen here: this book is excellent!

Are you ready to move beyond visual observing or taking CCD pix for aesthetic appreciation? Do you want to feel like you're doing a bit of science?If you answered yes to these questions, then this is undoubtedly a good book for you.It contains a survey of a wide range of areas where YOU, with relatively inexpensive amateur gear, can do observations that go far beyond the "Oh, isn't that pretty!" (Not, though, that I have anything against "pretty!")

This book is well written, and unlike many other books in our hobby, gets into the nitty-gritty details of how-to-do-it!It's well written and the author speaks with authority.Each chapter has an excellent reference at its end. Using these references allows you to do additional reading.

Although it doesn't go into much depth on the topic, this book has a short and adequate introduction on spectroscopy.The overview is good and it has references on where to find further info. I've found spectroscopy very exciting.Without much work, with a simple webcam & tiny scope, in the city, without a lengthy or complicated observing program, you can be analyzing the composition of distant stars! Now THAT'S science! (The Rainbow Optics or StarAnalyser spectroscopes are a great introduction.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Better Than I Thought
Most of the topics in this book will be somewhat beyond those that a casual amateur astronomer would want to pursue. However, the book is worth buying just for what you will learn about the different topics. Of course, if you want to try some of the scientific work then you are all set with the material given.

Worth a read for the in depth discussion of observation, imaging with CCDs, practical issues with both, and an understanding of observational and imaging science.

I recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must buy
For amateurs who have passed the beginner rites of the Messier and Caldwell lists, Buchheims's _Sky_ contains the measured voice of the elder mentor of your astronomy club.If that expert mentor is lacking in your local club, Buchheim's _Sky_ is a must buy that will save you in time many times its purchase.Each _Sky_ observing project is written like an after star-party club coffee meeting, with Buchheim patiently guiding you through practical field problems commonly encountered when starting photometry, double star astrometry or supernovae searching.He includes references to landmark manuals, amateur organizations and internet resources for each topic.Where appropriate, Buchheim fills in with basic observing skills that are often left unexplained as assumed knowlege in other texts, e.g. timing uncertainty reduction when timing asteriod occultations.For this Amazon review, the 18 observing projects are listed in the Table of Contents, listed above. _Sky_ now sits on my "ready reference" shelf - sandwiched between other amateur classics - like Berry's _HAIP_, Sidgwick's _Amateur Astronomer's Handbook_, North's _Advanced Amateur_ or Meeus's _Algorithms_.If you have been hooked in the hobby for two or three years and want a roadmap to the next 10 years, Buchheim's _Sky_ is what you need.

This is a really neat book! It opens up a whole new kind of amateur astronomy;real research projects where you make observations that are useful to professional astronomers.Amateur astronomers can gather new information or make new dsicoveries,using skills that are common amoung experienced stargazers,and equipment that is widely available. Here is a step-by-step instruction manual for getting started in these projects,from learning why each project area is important, to the equipment and procedures that are needed, and how to analyze your results.The chapters are organized roughly in order of increasing difficulty of the projects, from simple(naked-eye meteor counting) to complex (extra solar planet searches and supernova discovery). I was paticularly pleased that each project includes an explaination of how and where to submit your results, so that they will be useful to "real" astronomers.
I do not think there is any compairable book available. There are plenty of "advanced observing guides", and many "textbooks",but this book fits right in between them. It gives careful description of celestial objects or events,and how and why you should try to see them, so it's sort of an observing guide(although there are not any spectacular photos).It also explains why the observations are important,and gives a meticulous explaination of the data gathering and analysis procedures for each project,so it is sort of a textbook. But it is not stuffy,pedantic tome. The style is friendly,helpful and encouraging. There are some equations,but if you made it through high school algebra they will not give you any trouble(and only some projects require you to use them).There is even a story line! Short tales about challenges,successes,and memorable experiences are scattered throughout the text. They make it easy to read,and highlite the author's enthusiasm for his subject.
Any amateur atronomer who has ever wished he could be a "real scientist" will definitely find this book worth having on his desk. ... Read more

3. Digital SLR Astrophotography (Practical Amateur Astronomy)
by Michael A. Covington
Paperback: 234 Pages (2007-12-10)
list price: US$45.00 -- used & new: US$34.01
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Asin: 0521700817
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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In the last few years, digital SLR cameras have taken the astrophotography world by storm. It is now easier to photograph the stars than ever before! They are compact and portable, flexible to adapt with different lenses and for telescope use, and above all DSLR cameras are easy and enjoyable to use. In this concise guide, experienced astrophotography expert Michael Covington outlines the simple, enduring basics that will enable you to get started, and help you get the most from your equipment. He covers a wide selection of equipment, simple and advanced projects, technical considerations and image processing techniques. Unlike other astrophotography books, this one focuses specifically on DSLR cameras, not astronomical CCDs, non-DSLR digital cameras, or film. This guide is ideal for astrophotographers who wish to develop their skills using DSLR cameras and as a friendly introduction to amateur astronomers or photographers curious about photographing the night sky. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Astrophoto basics plus
Mr Covington is an amayeur astronomer who has taken some wonderful astrophotos and is well qualified to explain the hows of this art.He has written a straight forward, easy to understand book that makes the subject to digital photography easy for the average person.I found his explanations understandable, making sense to even my "photo challenged" mind. Excellent book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for current information on DSLR Astrophotography
Michael Covington's new book contains the latest information, it was published in December of 2007, on recent cameras' and their features that apply to digital astrophotography. The author, after covering the DSLR features, makes informed recommendations regarding their use for astrophotography. I highly recommend this book.

3-0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTING...
In first place, I bought this book because of it was recommended from Sky and Telescope.
But, when having it on my hands and after reading it I found:
1- Author is making constant references to his other two books, with no further explanations (if you want to know more, BUY my other books).
2- Book is soft cover and pictures are black and white.
3- Has many formulas. Amateurs want a "hands-on" style, not making calculations that show the author as "how much I know", that's not practical.
4- Many parts are really useful, and some others don't.
5- Some parts look like a handful of advices that you can find everywhere on the net.
6- He explains methods, that end up with author saying like "despite of this method I prefer..." and then he mentions another one. A waste of time!
7- Add the book cost, and this is not a deal.
Hope my review can be helpful to other people that as me, thought this book was a real good one (before purchase).

5-0 out of 5 stars An informative read
No matter how much you know...there is always much more to learn. Thats the feeling I got after reading this book. I thought I knew a bit about photography and image processing, but it appears my knowledge had as many holes in it as a block of Swiss cheese. If you are new to astrophotography, this book should be your bible. If you already know a bit, there are still topics you may not have even considered. Highly recommended for the serious amatuer. ... Read more

4. Beyond the Solar System/100 Best Deep Sky Objects for Amateur Astronomers (Astronomy Library)
 Paperback: 80 Pages (1992-03)
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Isbn: 0913135100
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5. How to Use a Computerized Telescope: Practical Amateur Astronomy Volume 1
by Michael A. Covington
Paperback: 240 Pages (2002-11-04)
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Asin: 0521007909
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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How to Use a Computerized Telescope describes how to get a computerized telescope up-and-running, and how to embark on a program of observation. Michael Covington explains in detail how the sky moves, how a telescope tracks it, and how to get the most out of any computerized telescope. Packed full of practical advice and tips for troubleshooting, his book gives detailed instructions for three popular telescopes: the Meade® LX200, Celestron^DCC NexStar 5 and 8, and Meade® Autostar^DTM (ETX and LX90). Michael A. Covington is an associate research scientist at the University of Georgia.He is a computational linguist trained in the computer processing of human language and the computer modeling of human logical reasoning, and a widely recognized expert on the Prolog programming language. He is the author of nine books including Dictionary of Computer and Internet Terms, Seventh Edition (Barron's, 2000), Astrophotography for the Amateur (Cambridge, 1999), PROLOG Programming in Depth (Simon & Schuster, 1996), Cambridge Eclipse Photography Guide (1993), and Syntactic Theory in the High Middle Ages (Cambridge, 1985).A senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Covington is a Contributing Editor to, and former "Q&A" columnist of, Poptronics magazine. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Learning about telescopes book
Learning about Telescopes, this is a great first time /review of things you for got and thing you just didn't know how book.very helpful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Useful book for those new to goto scopes
If you have a goto scope it's very useful.I have a Celestron NexStar goto telescope, and have bought a book specific to NexStar scopes, and I still found this one helpful, especially on alighment.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Book your looking for!
If your looking for a clearly written, very informative, get you going in the right direction book, this is the one!

4-0 out of 5 stars How to Use a Computerized Telescope
This is a very clearly-written book and excellent for beginners. It breaks down the various topics of using a computerized telescope into manageable chapters.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful book
I recently purchased a Celestron StarSeeker telescope (basically a NexStar80) so wanted to read more about computerized telescopes. Michael Covington's book is very good. He starts by saying "Welcome to amateur astronomy". The first part of the book then goes on to discuss telescopes in general, such as the different types (ie, refractors, reflectors and catadioptric) and much very helpful general information about observational astronomy. Things like celestial coordinates, how a telescope works, etc. Too much to put in this review but I found the information extremely helpful. The second section is about astrophotography including simple ways to do astrophotography without a lot of expensive equipment. This author also has a book on Astrophotography which I haven't read. He refers to it several times in this section of this book. The last section describes in quite a bit of detail the operation of 3 computerized telescopes, the Meade LX200, Celestron NexStar 5 and 8 and two Meade telescopes with Autostar, the ETX 90 and the LX 90. All of these telescopes are now outdated as both Meade and Celestron have newer models. However, what is said in this section would apply to the newer models to a large extent. Overall I enjoyed reading this book and obtained a lot of useful information and recommendations to start my budding career in amateur photography. One further note; there is another book by Michael Swanson that deals with just the Celestron NexStar telescopes. I have this book also but haven't finished reading it. If you are just interested in computerized telescopes in general, I would recommend the one in this review. If you have or are interested in a Celestron, then I would suggest the Michael Swanson book; actually I would recommend both. ... Read more

6. Teach Yourself VISUALLY Astronomy (Teach Yourself VISUALLY Consumer)
by Richard Talcott
Paperback: 256 Pages (2008-12-03)
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Asin: 0470343826
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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From dramatic lunar eclipses to brilliant comets, the night sky fascinates people. Brimming with beautiful color

photos, this book walks you through everything you need to know to maximize your enjoyment of astronomy, from choosing a telescope to identifying constellations and planets. Whether you're a student, hobbyist, or lifelong stargazer, you can turn to this book for practical guidance on observing stars, planets, moons, and galaxies; tracking meteors, comets, and eclipses; choosing tools for viewing; and photographing the skies. Helpful star maps, charts, and timetables bring the sky to life! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars New to astonomy
I have been interested in astonomy for a long time and what's overhead. This book has given me a new insight. I hope to get good use of this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Absolutely one of the best astronomy books i have come across. Beautiful color pages very high quality print. A superb resource for beginners and other levels of astronomy. ... Read more

7. Advanced Amateur Astronomy
by Gerald North
Paperback: 414 Pages (1997-09-28)
list price: US$57.99 -- used & new: US$29.95
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Asin: 0521574307
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Written by an accomplished amateur astronomer and available for the first time in North America, this advanced guide is designed to take your evening explorations to new heights. Beginning with an explanation of the fundamental principles of practical astronomy, author North provides essential information on telescope optics, the atmosphere, astrophotography, electronic imaging, and telescope hardware (including how to select equipment and diagnose faulty telescopes). This knowledge is then applied to the full range of celestial bodies accessible by telescope: the solar system, stars and galaxies. For those amateur astronomers who are bored with making simple observations, chapters on photometry, spectroscopy and radio astronomy bring observational astronomy to a level where data of real scientific value can be acquired. This book is a must for any amateur astronomer wanting a new way to look at the sky. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Advanced is Right
Most of this book is above me and the people in our club.
I hope to grow into it.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Advanced Overview
North's seem to have a penchant for writing overview books, but this example is superior than his more recent "Observing the Moon" overview of that subject.

Many of the things that North deals with in this book - optics, hardware, seeing, astrophotography, stellar objects (Sun, comets, planets, moon, etc) - have been done in other books, but North is able to take them to the next level rather effectively. Somehow he's able to put just the right amount in each chapter this time.

Furthermore, North has been able to include in this book chapters in spectroscopy and radio astronomy that I've not seen in other books of this type.

The only issue I have with the book is that some of his information now seems a bit dated. There is not much that can be done about that in such a fast moving field as Astronomy. Having said that, I think that "Advanced Amateur Astronomy" manages to raise the bar for books of this type.

Recommended.Heck, its on MY Wish List!8-)

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book
The author covers quite a range of material, in a very easy to read style. He goes into enough depth to make it a very practical book. Cover basic collimation issues, telescope design- a great book for Amateur Telescope Makers.

There's nice number of pointers on astrophotography also. Especially for plaetary/lunar. Some material is perhaps a little dated. Not much on digital image processing, but a good section nonetheless.

Finally he concludes with neat radio telescope projects and how amateurs can do more scientific type work of benefit. ... Read more

8. Stargazing Basics: Getting Started in Recreational Astronomy
by Paul E. Kinzer
Paperback: 160 Pages (2008-10-27)
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Asin: 0521728592
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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How do I get started in Astronomy? Should I buy binoculars or a telescope? What can I expect to see? This wonderful informal guide has all the answers for an absolute beginner to get started observing the night sky. It begins with advice on how to choose appropriate and affordable equipment and accessories, and covers basic stargazing techniques, from observing with the naked eye to binoculars and telescopes. It then takes you on a tour of the night sky, covering the Moon, Sun, stars, planets, and more. Photos taken by the author, himself, will show how objects in the sky actually look through modest amateur equipment. Whether you are a parent thinking of buying a telescope for your children, or a newcomer yourself, this book has all you need to know to take the first steps into the fascinating world of astronomy. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Everything I needed to know to get started with amateur astronomy
As someone who knows almost nothing about astronomy (other than vague references I can remember from Intro to Astronomy in college 20 years ago), after reading this easy to understand guide and the fun tidbits about getting started, I feel confident that I am now prepared to take a stab at the skies with my new little telescope.Thanks to your explanations about the choices available within my price range for a new telescope,I feel good about the decision I've made for what kind of scope I should start with, what kind of mount, a few other accessories, and even where I want to begin looking.The price of this book probably saved me a couple hundred dollars in making a better decision about what to buy and what not to buy to get going.

5-0 out of 5 stars Black-and-white astronomical photographs taken by the writer illustrate this handy reference
Amateur astronomer and educator Paul Kinzer presents Stargazing Basics: Getting Started in Recreational Astronomy, a highly accessible guide to readers of all ages and backgrounds. From where to find affordable binoculars, telescopes, and accessories; to how and why the visible images in the night sky change over time; to getting started in astrophotography, Stargazing Basics is an excellent and easy-to-follow primer. Black-and-white astronomical photographs taken by the writer illustrate this handy reference.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent brief guide for complete beginner
"Stargazing basics" does a good job of introducing the complete beginner to astronomy and the use of telescopes. It is brief, less than 150 pages, and it focuses on how to buy and operate telescopes that cost less than $500. There are other, much longer guides that deal with more costly telescopes and equipment, but this is the only current guide with the goal of introducing the beginner to astronomy on a budget.

Caveat: Friend of author. ... Read more

9. Beginner's Guide to Amateur Astronomy: An Owner's Manual for the Night Sky (Astronomy Library)
by David J. Eicher
 Paperback: 166 Pages (1993-08)
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Asin: 0913135186
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars A light pollution anecdote
This image of the front cover was taken from Timperley, in England in 1990, by Graham T. Sinagola after a visit to Jodrell Bank in Cheshire.
The telescope in the silhouette was pictured then and appeared in a UK astro mag as a "real" telescope at Jodrell Bank, because it had light optics hence "real" and not radio. The image was at the observatory of Altrincham and District Astronomical Society. Light pollution made this site wholly impractical to maintain as an active observatory - it has now gone, because of the light pollution in Timperley. Kids can no longer come and see the stars. Sad really after nearly 40 years - especially as the observatory was originally designed and constructed by teenagers?
The book by the way is an excellent read and frankly should be reprinted, perhaps with a chapter to deal with the light at night of the modern 24 hour day which is the cause of light pollution? It may well one day be the case that the "hidden" effects of LAN, light at night, are far worse than the problem that LP has created for astronomy? Not seeing the stars of the Milky Way may well be the least of our problems. If you can see the stars though this book will help all amateur astronomers, both young and old. ... Read more

10. The 100 Best Astrophotography Targets: A Monthly Guide for CCD Imaging with Amateur Telescopes (Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series)
by Ruben Kier
Paperback: 360 Pages (2009-09-01)
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Asin: 1441906029
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Any amateur astronomer who is interested in astrophotography, particularly if just getting started, needs to know what objects are best for imaging in each month of the year. These are not necessarily the same objects that are the most spectacular or intriguing visually. The camera reveals different things and has different requirements. What objects in the sky tonight are large enough, bright enough, and high enough to be photographed? This book reveals, for each month of the year, the choicest celestial treasures within the reach of a commercial CCD camera. Helpful hints and advice on framing, exposures, and filters are included. Each deep sky object is explained in beautiful detail, so that observers will gain a richer understanding of these astronomical objects.

This is not a book that dwells on the technology of CCD, Webcam, wet, or other types of astrophotography. Neither is it a book about in-depth computer processing of the images (although this topic is included). Detailed discussions of these topics can be found in other publications. This book focuses on what northern latitude objects to image at any given time of the year to get the most spectacular results.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must to have
This is a very good agenda with multiple information that will help on choosing "standard" targets. I really appreciate comments and data on each target, a very good help for the beginner as for the experienced astronomer.

5-0 out of 5 stars A new classic?One of a kind, highly recommended
I bought this book as soon as it came out so I've had it for several months now.It has become a sort of companion and I really don't know of any other book arranged this way, and I have to say it is fantastic!.It is all meat and potatoes, no fluff or filler.And what is that?Extremely useful information stem to stern on a month by month listing of objects hopefully (depending on where you live) above the 2x airmass needed for good imaging.

Gives all the stuff you want to know, scope used, exposure time, imager used, processing techniques - and best of all these are all done at medium exposure times so no 30 minute sub exposures (and the $$ mounts needed to do it) to get similar results.If you are new to imaging and want a fantastic book to get you started, this is a great choice.I think if you get this book, your imaging ability will will be greatly enhanced and you'll see why it's getting these great reviews.

Although calibrating, stacking, SNR, ...'processing images' is a theater all it's own - too often it's time spent on one object only to find on others a very different proceedure required.Here you have a fantastic array of objects with all that needed processing information in one concise and easily referenced volume.After a few months with this book you'll feel much more at home in this imaging arena and whtever you use, will start to appreciate just what a gem this little book is.Highest recommendation, I think this is a sort of instant classic of this literature.

5-0 out of 5 stars An essential book for beginning astrophotographers
Why another book of lists? As the author states in the introduction "These famous lists are excellent for visual astronomy but can be disappointing for the astrophotographer. For example, a sparse open star cluster sparkles at the eyepiece but can be uninspiring as an image.... on the other hand many nebulae that are faint to the eye have striking texture and hue on long exposures."

Amen, brother. That says it in a nutshell.

This book also includes the two most important bits of information you need on each object: it's brightness, and how large it appears. There are lots of sources for location information, but the size is rarely given. The book also includes some discussion of how these numbers relate to your telescope and imaging device. It's pretty technical but the answers you need are here.

Each object gets a full page color photo as well as detailed technical information on how the image was captured.

This book meets a real need. Excellent!

5-0 out of 5 stars CCD Astrophotography "Must Have" book
I am an amateur astrophotographer, and the work for preparation of photos with my setup is a time consuming job (although pleaseant!). This book helps a lot in predicting what you can achieve with a specific setup, proposes targets based on calendar,etc. a big help especially if you are a rookie like me. Highly advise the book for early amateurs wanting for "more" in astrophotography. Thanks Ruben!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best I've Read!
Of all the astronomy books I have read this one is the best. Mr. Kier looks like he's got his own Hubble! It's the pictures that make this paperback super special. The book is chock full of photos and they all looked the same, simply amazing. Plus, the publisher must have thought so too because it looks like they went all out on the paper. Since the book is well over 300 pages, it must have cost them a pretty penny. The scoping spec's seem of a high quality too but still doesn't explain to me why the shots are of such a high quality.As far as the 100 top targets picked out by Mr. Kier, it's hard to argue with any of them. It seemed to cover the greatest hits but there were some unexpected, but very satisfying surprises. I won't spoil them for the rest of you. I am definitely going to look for this author's next publication for this book because, just like the images, the author reached for the stars and got there. I even liked the dedication. ... Read more

11. My Heavens!: The Adventures of a Lonely Stargazer Building an Over-the-Top Observatory (Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series)
by Gordon Rogers
Paperback: 180 Pages (2007-12-06)
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My Heavens! charts the progress of the author’s own substantial observatory (with additional material from amateur constructors of large observatories elsewhere) from conception, through design, planning and construction, to using an observatory of the kind that all amateur astronomers would aspire to own.

This book tells the “warts and all” story of small beginnings in amateur astronomy, leading to the construction of a “top of the range” observatory at a house on the edge of a country village between Oxford and London. The author is a qualified building surveyor, and looks at building the observatory from his own professional perspective. There were of course many errors, problems, technical and organizational difficulties along the way, and the author never shies away from admitting his mistakes – and in doing so he reduces the chances of others falling into the same traps. Comparisons are made with similar large projects in the USA, taking a look at the differences and similarities in planning and building regulations, and in construction methods on both sides of the Atlantic.

Eventually an observatory materialized, set up to facilitate the taking of very high quality images of the deep sky on those special days of best seeing.

The story doesn’t end with the construction of the observatory, but goes on to describe the author’s choice of equipment, setting it up, and his own techniques for obtaining superb astronomical images like the ones he shows in his book.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Amateur Astronomers and Their Observatories
If you are considering going beyond the reasonable, and would like to build your own observatory, this is the book for you.As a matter of fact, it's an entertaining account of the experience of several avid amateurs.The style is in general wryly humorous, as you would expect when you consider what the author is reporting on: an over-the-top pursuit of an absorbing and potentially expensive hobby.

There is a lot of detail, perhaps too much for the reader who cannot hope to duplicate the author's project.But I enjoyed the account very much. ... Read more

12. Astrophysics is Easy!: An Introduction for the Amateur Astronomer (Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series)
by Mike Inglis
Paperback: 206 Pages (2007-08-23)
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Astrophysics is a subject that is often - with some justification - regarded as extremely difficult, requiring at least degree-level mathematics as a prerequisite to its understanding. Consequently, many amateur astronomers just don't bother, and miss out on the fascinating fundamentals of the subject, and often on an understanding of exactly what they are observing.

Mike Inglis' quantitative approach to astrophysics cuts through all the incomprehensible mathematics, and explains all aspects of astrophysics in simple terms.

A unique feature of this book is the way that example objects for practical observation are given at every stage, so that practical astronomers can go and look at the objected or objects under discussion, using only commercial amateur equipment.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good but marred by many errors
The book promises to present a treatment of astrophysics which can be understood at a reasonably deep level while keeping the mathematics in the background. To a large extent, the author succeeds in doing this. The main text has almost no mathematics, while for those who wish to go a little deeper into the subject matter, there are boxed paragraphs which explain the topic in more detail.All in all, this is a good book to read, but unfortunately there are many typographical mistakes, which can in some cases confuse the reader. For instance, in box 1.3 on p8, the word "distance" in the first line of the third paragraph from the end should read "luminosity". In Table 1.2 on p9, the very last entry in the right hand column should be 100,000,000 and not 10,000,000.On p19, the statement that temperature is proportional to temperature is incorrect.It is, as the author states a few lines above, proportional to the fourth power of temperature, which is not the same thing.Clearly the author is trying to simplify matters for the non-mathematical reader, but this is not license to make incorrect statements.Many of the coordinates given for various objects are incorrect.An observer using a goto telescope and the author's coordinates to point to the famous double-double in Lyra would end up with the telescope pointing deep into the southern hemisphere.Same comment about 61 Cygni, NGC 891 etc, etc.
If the author is contemplating a second edition, it should be thoroughly proof-read before publication. I would also suggest that footnotes, rather than end of chapter notes would be less disruptive when reading the book.

It is a pity that a book of such promise looks to have been produced in a rush.I still have no hesitation in recommending it, but the reader should not necessarily accept everything in it as correct.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple, brief and enjoyable.
The Universe is full of Wonders which many of us may never be aware of, comprehend or fully appreciate. For many, the scientific methods and tools used to learn and understand the Universe seem to be out of the grasp. Unfortunately, even dedicated Amateur Astronomers are susceptible to this myth as many may believe that these scientific discoveries and methods belong to a special kind of people in science institutes and collages. This book comes to prove that it's possible to learn how to unravel and understand some of the universe's hidden treasures and mysteries without literally go out on a limb.
You start by understanding the Measurements of Star Magnitudes, Luminosity, and Temperature and even get a grasp on the most important tool used by Astronomers the popular tool HR Diagram. Know how to classify stars and understand their formation and demise. Learn how to appreciate the beauty of Clusters, Nebulas and the power of Supernova's and Black holes. I have to admit, there is a bit of math in there, you can easily follow its logic and apply it to real life examples and get the results that previously looked like Gobbledygook belonging to the realm of Mad Scientists. Its not easy reading, you do need to read it carefully, and reread it again and again to gain the level of understanding required to appreciate its contents. There are many books out there on Astronomy, some are quiet rich in content and literally quiet heavy, but this one is simple, brief and enjoyable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Astrophysics IS easy!
I used to love day-dreaming about space when I was a kid. This book makes me feel that sense of wonder and amazement again - and I can understand most of it! I spent a day at the planetarium in New York, and I felt like I could deliver my own lecture to the audience. And the best thing is - I bought this for my son, and we share our interest in and awe for the universe.

5-0 out of 5 stars Intended to help the amateur astronomer take a step into the physics of astronomy
This is a great little book. Whenever I give a talk on my astrophysics research (in high energy cosmic rays and neutrinos) to the amateur astronomers, I mention this book as a good step for expanding their knowledge of the science underlying their hobby. Professional and amateur astronomy are a long distance apart, though many scientists got interested in science first from looking at the skies. This book helps bridge the gap somewhat.

5-0 out of 5 stars Got your telescope?Your binoculars?Your two eyes?Well, point them UP
Astrophysics (or at least a general introduction to it) really IS easy with this friendly book geared toward amateur astronomers.An introduction to the heavens, cobbled together with science and telescope viewing tips, doesn't sound much like a romantic outing but believe me, halfway through the book you'll begin lusting for a telescope.The author's enthusiasm is infectious. The text proceeds incrementally, and basic concepts are repeated often, so you'll be dropping terms like "Cepheid variable", "Roche lobe" and "type II supernova" at the breakfast table before you know it.

A word, though, about the Kindle addition.ANY text like this comes with pictures, diagrams, etc---and the Kindle (at least the small one) just isn't the right medium for them.I found myself frustrated often as I pressed sys, wormed the cursor over pictures, then sat very still trying to enlarge.It's not the Kindle's fault--I knew it'd be a problem, and now I don't have this great book on paper.Next time I'll remember to confine my Kindle purchaces strictly to novels. ... Read more

13. The Guide to Amateur Astronomy
by Jack Newton, Philip Teece
Hardcover: 347 Pages (1995-02-24)
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Getting started in amateur astronomy can be frustrating. Without a helpful friend to lend advice, choosing a telescope, learning the buzzwords, or viewing the deep sky season by season can seem daunting.Now amateur astronomers can turn to The Guide to Amateur Astronomy to get started or, if they are more advanced, to learn all the techniques of serious telescopic observing.The authors begin by showing readers how to find their way about the night sky with little or no equipment.For the stargazer who becomes addicted they include a complete catalog of the night sky's most intriguing star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.More advanced projects include astrophotography, telescope construction, planetary observing, comet hunting, variable star recording, and nova discovery.The new edition covers the exciting developments in the world of astro-software for the home computer and the techniques of electronic imaging or charged-coupled devices (CCDs). ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Book
I first saw this book at my local library and this book is very good. There are some out dated items in the book such as cold cameras, but the ccd parts we well written. The book is well written and both authors I feelhave done an excellent job. ... Read more

14. Viewing the Constellations with Binoculars: 250+ Wonderful Sky Objects to See and Explore (Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series)
by Bojan Kambic
Paperback: 510 Pages (2009-10-16)
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Viewing the Constellations with Binoculars is a complete guide to practical astronomy, written for beginners, intermediate-level astronomers, and even people who have not yet turned their gaze to the night sky. The required observing equipment to get the full value from this book is no more than a pair of regular 10 x 50 binoculars, but even more can be seen with a small astronomical telescope.

This comprehensive introduction to astronomy and practical observing is far more than a guide to what can be seen in the night sky through binoculars. It introduces the reader to some basic (and some not-so-basic) astronomical concepts, and discusses the stars and their evolution, the planets, nebulae, and distant galaxies. There is a guide to selecting and using binoculars for astronomy, as well, as a ‘getting ready to observe’ section containing invaluable practical hints and tips.

The second part of the book is an extraordinarily complete atlas and guide to the night sky down to 30º N (covering all the USA and Europe). It is illustrated with superb and sometimes beautiful amateur astronomical photographs, detailed maps (down to 5th magnitude), descriptions, and data on all astronomical objects of interest.

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15. Astronomy For Dummies
by Stephen P. Maran
Paperback: 344 Pages (2005-05-06)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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An accessible guide to the wonders of the night sky, now updated
From asteroids to black holes, from quasars to white dwarfs, this new edition of Astronomy For Dummies takes backyard stargazers on a grand tour of the universe. Featuring star maps, charts, gorgeous full-color photographs, and easy-to-follow explanations, this fact-filled guide gives readers a leg up on the basic principles of astronomy and shows how to get the most out of binoculars, telescopes, planetarium visits, and other fun astronomical activities. This updated edition includes an updated color signature and covers the many discoveries made in recent years, as well as new astronomy Web sites. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Liked the book, pleasantly surprised
Used this book to pass a college course on astronomy, was pleasantly surprised with the information. Would recommend it for the not very very serious student. Good for parents: Overcoming ADHD Without Medication: A Parent and Educator's Guidebook World Poetry: Dawn of a New Discovery: Poems of Life, Wonder, Conflict, and Far Away Places

4-0 out of 5 stars Stargazing through Amazon
This is a great book for beginners in the field of Astronomy. Unlike some of the other books I considered purchasing, it is clear cut and easy to understand. Enough content to keep you interested, but not so much it will bog down a beginner.I do wish it had information on astrophotography. If it is there, I have not come across it yet. There are only eight pages of color photos,and more color photos of what you might see would be very helpful. I am planning on using this book in conjunction with a new telescope and the information it provides will certainly get me around the Universe in an informative and fun manner. I am looking forward to getting into this book more as our Missouri sky warms this spring.
I was also fortunate to come across this book in a hard back version which I feel is much more practical due to the use this book will get! Amazon was the only source I found that offered a hard back version.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not just for Dummies !!
Got it to help get back into a hobby I had many years ago.Found it easy to read, follow and at times funny while still learning.Great links included .


4-0 out of 5 stars Introductory Material but no math
I originally read this book for Science Olympiad to learn about the different types of galaxies and the math that went along with it. It was not very helpful in helping me identify the Deep-sky objects but instead only introduced the most general topics (such as black hole, planets, etc.) it also didn't have any math, which was essential for Science Olympiad. I was looking for something beyond this. However, it is an overall a good introductory material.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thought the topics covered were very good!
For someone who is just entering this fascinating field, this is a great beginning place. The price is reasonable and topics are covered in a way that both keeps your attention and adds a little humor. Would advise anyone to start with this book.

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16. Observational Astronomy for Amateurs
by J. B. Sidgwick
 Paperback: 348 Pages (1982-04)
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17. The Amateur Astronomer (Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series)
by Patrick Moore
Hardcover: 293 Pages (2005-10-11)
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This 2000 Edition of Sir Patrick Moore?s classic book has been completely revised in the light of changes in technology. Not only do these changes include commercially available astronomical telescopes and software, but also what we know and understand about the universe. There are many new photographs and illustrations. Writing in the easy-going style that made him famous as a writer and broadcaster, Sir Patrick introduced astronomy and amateur observing together, so that his reader gets an idea of what he is observing at the same time as how to observe. Almost half the book is Appendices. These are hugely comprehensive and provide hints and tips, as well as data (year 2000 onwards) for pretty well every aspect of amateur astronomy. This is probably the only book in which all this information is collected in one place. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Still THE book or the beginning amateur astronomer
Sir Patrick Moore's calm, elegant, and erudite prose is still doing a wonderful job of initiating newbies into amateur astronomy six decades after it was first published. If you are interested in amateur astronomy, or think you might be, _you want this_.

2-0 out of 5 stars Planetary introduction to Astronomy.
Although this book is easy to understand, its lack of color pictures and dry writing style makes it rather dull reading. There are better books on the market. ... Read more

18. Astronomical Equipment for Amateurs (Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series)
by Martin Mobberley
Paperback: 266 Pages (1998-11-06)
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Telescopes - refractors and reflectors - are the main items of equipment used by almost every amateur astronomer. The purpose of astronomical telescopes is to collect and focus more light than the human eye can, forming an image that can be viewed, photographed, or analysed. Astronomical Equipment for Amateurs makes buying and using both telescopes and their ancillary instruments easy for astronomers of all abilities. It begins by looking at the advantages and disadvantages of the basic types of refractors, reflectors, mountings and accessories. Observation techniques are also included, along with the use of filters, (colour, anti-pollution and nebula), types of photography (piggy-back, prime focus and eyepiece projection), and also CCD imaging (including types of CCD camera and their advantages and disadvantages compared to photography). Martin Mobberley provides a fascinating insight into astronomical software. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A perfect complement to Star Ware by Harrington
Mobberley goes into a little more detail concerning mounts, photography and CCD imaging than Harrington. Although the book is biased towards SCT's and it has an english accent, he does an excellent job in his explanationof the practical limits of telescopes and accessories. I found it a perfectcomplement to Harrington's excellent, must have, Star Ware for anyoneconsidering purchasing telescopes and accessories. ... Read more

19. Choosing and Using a New CAT: Getting the Most from Your Schmidt Cassegrain or Any Catadioptric Telescope (Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series)
by Rod Mollise
Paperback: 335 Pages (2008-12-12)
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Choosing and Using the New CAT will supercede the author’s successful Choosing and Using a Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope, which has enjoyed enthusiastic support from the amateur astronomy community for the past seven years.

Since the first book was published, a lot has changed in the technology of amateur astronomy. The sophistication and variety of the telescopes available to amateurs has increased dramatically. Computerized SCTs, Maksutov-Cassegrains, and most recently Meade’s new and acclaimed Ritchey-Chrétiens have come to dominate the market. That means that all amateurs considering the purchase of a new telescope (not only a SCT, and not just beginners) will benefit from this detailed guide. Choosing the right telescope for particular kinds of observation (or even for general work) is far from easy – but Rod Mollise gives invaluable advice and guidance.

Today’s commercially-made astronomical telescopes are more complex than ever, and a new owner will swiftly discover that the manuals shipped with these telescopes leave much to be desired. Further guidance is a must. Choosing and Using the New CAT provides the missing information in a friendly but authoritative fashion, including imaging the solar system and deep space with the CCD cameras, video, and webcams that have almost completely supplanted ‘film’ cameras.

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5-0 out of 5 stars the comprehensive CAT guide
this is one of those books that no only expresses but achieves the aspiration to be a classic. for the reader who is relatively new to amateur astronomy generally, or new to the catadioptric (CAT) telescopes specifically, this book is as essential and useful as "norton's star atlas", "sky atlas 2000" and several deep sky observing guides besides.

although every chapter title is a play on the acronym cat ("Care and feeding of a CAT", "Inside a CAT," "Hacking a CAT", etc.) in a way that suggests a limited topic coverage, i found some amusement in trying to find a topic that *is not* discussed in this 335 page guide. collimation? a 5 page discussion. mandatory items, like flashlights or dew heaters? check. the use of a hartman mask for precise focusing? pages 294-95. how to deal with telescope dealers? yep. how to use a dark hood, and the importance of warm feet? it's in there. a review of telescope brands and models, astronomy software and a long list of astronomical dealer and web sites? oh yeah. i did finally stump him: there's no formula to compute an eyepiece true field of view using the star drift method (mollise gives the optical formula instead).

elsewhere i gave a negative review of another CAT volume in the patrick moore series because it nohow lived up to its title. with mollise the circumstances are just the reverse: until you pick up this apparently humble book, you'll have no idea how much useful stuff is in here.

essential reading before you buy a CAT telescope, and very helpful reading for every night that you use a telescope, no matter what kind it is.

4-0 out of 5 stars Useful guidance on telescope buuying.
If you are new to astronmy, this book makes a good introduction to the interesting problem of telescope selection.The author's strong opinion in favor of catadioptric telescopes in obvious, but if you want one, this book will give you a lot to think about.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Source of Information for the amateur astronomer
If you are in the market for, or already own a catadioptric telescope, this is a must have. The author clearly explains the designs and ins and outs of a multitude of types of CATs (telescopes...not the cute fury ones). The book is written in clear and concise terms with a twist of down home southern wisdom and humor that would appeal to stargazers at any level of the hobby. "Uncle Rod", as Mr. Mollise is known to the online astronomy community is a wealth of knowledge on the subject of CATs and astronomy in general.He is respected and revered for his opinions.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!
I had become familiar with "Uncle Rod's" wealth of experience from his entries on Cloudy Nights forums. Then I discovered his online "Used CAT" guide. Wow, what a lot of information for an equipment junkie or anyone interested in astronomy. Then the coup-de-gras, this updated guide on Cat scopes and almost every other topic of interest to an amateur astronomer! I have read every word several times over. If I had only read it BEFORE I whipped out the old credit card and bought that last scope trying to reach observing nirvana I would have saved a lot of money and frustration. I am a CEO of a popular educational publishing company and I know how much work and love goes into such a tome. It is extremely up to date and that is not easy in such a fast moving hobby.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good guide
This is a very good guide for the persons that are thinking about buying a cat telescope since it covers most of the cats on the market todey.
It is also interesting for those that already owns a cat but wants to know more about cats in general, it also gives you lot of tips you can use to fully utilize the time when you are "out in the dark"
That the writer is higly knowlegebly about Cats and has lots of experience whit this telescope type shines throu and he writes in a way that everyone understands what he is talking about.
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20. So You Want a Meade LX Telescope!: How to Select and Use the LX200 and Other High-End Models (Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series)
by Lawrence Harris
Paperback: 191 Pages (2010-05-04)
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The Meade LX200 series of telescopes was introduced in 1992 and represented a giant step forward in technology for amateur astronomers - computer control. The LX200 series telescopes were an instant success and have outsold all other astronomical telescopes put together. Steady development has continued to the present day, and LX200s are available in a range of apertures from 8-inch through the giant 16-inch, which is widely installed in university astronomy departments and the smaller public observatories. For anyone considering buying a high-end Meade telescope, the book offers an experienced user's guide to what can actually be achieved with it.

So You Want a Meade LX Telescope also provides detailed discussions about some of the many software packages available to aid optimizing and actually using the scope. The typical results are discussed so readers can know what to expect. Also reviewed are essential accessories such as CCD cameras and the latest Active Optics units.

These extraordinary telescopes are capable of amazing results, but using them and setting them up can be a chore. That's why this book is essential reading for anyone who has bought or upgraded to an LX200 or its top-of-the-range companion, the RCS400 (later re-designated the LX400ACF).

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3-0 out of 5 stars so you want to use your computer to run your telescope!
this is certainly a useful and well written text, but it does not live up to its title, does not fill an important need within a brand category such as meade telescopes, and does not recognize the specific categories of amateur and semipro astronomers or the way they approach a telescope. my comments emphasize the disparity between the book's title and contents, and the fact that the contents are in fact highly specialized: they certainly don't tell you how to select a telescope!

the first heading on the first page is "computers and astronomy," and roughly 150 of the book's 230 pages consists of chapters such as "essential software for basic operations," "software adjustment of polar alignment," "autoguiding," "using advanced software" and so forth. another 40 pages is devoted to balancing and polar alignment, the different types of telescopes, generic telescope accessories, updating firmware, telescope retailers and online user groups. i judge only about 30 pages or less than 15% of the book is actually concerned with meade specific products or guidelines for their use.

it's a shame, because the meade user manual appears to have been written by a retired engineer, full of facts but meager with guidance. what is the best way to position the tripod on unpaved soil, or use the gps system, or update location or time information, or autoalign the scope? when autoalignment fails, why does that happen? how should one transport the scope, or store it (batteries left in, or taken out?), care for the optics, or clean dirty optics? how does one ventilate or cool down the scope prior to viewing? what specifically does "advanced coma free" (ACF) optics mean, and how specifically do ACF optics differ from newtonian, cassegrainian or ritchey-chretien optics? what are the best eyepieces to use for different circumstances, and which are the recommended manufacturers? on all these practical and highly important issues, both harris and the manufacturer user guide have nothing at all to offer.

the other drawback is that astronomers come in flavors: the big divide is between the visual observers (with their lifetime checklists of the messier 110 or herschel 400) and the astrophotographers (with their CCD cameras); the visual observers divide further into variable star, near earth object or deep sky observers, to name only three. each group prefers different strategies for organizing their night time viewing, right down to the ways they use star atlases and sky software to plan out the sequence of galactic locations and viewing times for objects they intend to observe and the eyepieces or filters they will use. these activities are all software related: harris says nothing about them. worse, in the 30 pages where he does talk about meade products, he rather annoyingly speaks of the meade LX400 (which he owns) as the "top of the line" scope, and the LX200 as "also very good", omitting the more obvious and important facts that meade no longer makes the LX400 scope, the LX400 actually *must be* computer controlled and, because of its shorter focal length and larger secondary mirror, is better suited for astrophotography than visual observing.

again, this book has quite a lot of useful and well presented information on aligning, collimating and controlling a telescope with computer software and the primarily photographic application of a telescope operated by computer. for any information outside that narrow bailiwick ... you're still stuck with the meade user guide.

5-0 out of 5 stars Needed this book years ago.
Patrick Moore's book is a great find and I could have used it years ago but even today I find the information and presentation perfect for me as an owner of a Meade 10" LX200GPS.Great book very informative and packed with useful information. ... Read more

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