Choosing and Using a Refracting Telescope

  • Neil English

Part of the Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. The Achromatic Refractor

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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      Pages 21-37
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      Pages 39-56
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      Pages 57-75
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      Pages 77-84
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      Pages 85-95
  3. The Apochromatic Refractor

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Neil English
      Pages 99-107
    3. Neil English
      Pages 109-124
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      Pages 125-141
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      Pages 143-165
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      Pages 167-182
  4. Using Your Refractor

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Neil English
      Pages 185-207
    3. Neil English
      Pages 209-220
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      Pages 221-232
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      Pages 233-243
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      Pages 245-266

About this book

Introduction

The refracting telescope has a long and illustrious past. Here’s what the author says about early telescopes and today’s refractors: “Four centuries ago, a hitherto obscure Italian scientist turned a home-made spyglass towards the heavens. The lenses he used were awful by modern standards, inaccurately figured and filled with the scars of their perilous journey from the furnace to the finishing workshop. Yet, despite these imperfections, they allowed him to see what no one had ever seen before – a universe far more complex and dynamic than anyone had dared imagine. But they also proved endlessly useful in the humdrum of human affairs. For the first time ever, you could spy on your neighbor from a distance, or monitor the approach of a war-mongering army, thus deciding the fate of nations. “The refractor is without doubt the prince of telescopes. Compared with all other telescopic designs, the unobstructed view of the refractor enables it to capture the sharpest, highest contrast images and the widest usable field. No other telescope design can beat it on equal terms. From a practical point of view, refractors are the most comfortable and least troublesome telescope to observe with. They require little maintenance and cool down rapidly to allow you to observe in minutes rather than hours. Because a refractor has more back focus than almost any other form of telescope, it can accept the widest range of accessories, including filters, cameras, and binoviewers.” Explore in this book what makes refractors such a good choice for amateur astronomers and how to choose the right one for you. Also get some great tips on how to use your new refractor. Get started now, seeing for yourself the dazzling and complex universe first opened to human sight more just 400 years ago.

Keywords

Amateur astronomical observing Apochromatic refractors Astronomical imaging Astronomical webcams Astrophotography refracting telescope Telescopes bird watching lens telescopes guide telescopes nature photography using CCD cameras

Authors and affiliations

  • Neil English
    • 1
  1. 1.GlasgowUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6403-8
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-6402-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-6403-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-9756
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