Choosing and Using Astronomical Eyepieces

  • William Paolini

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. William Paolini
      Pages 3-32
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      Pages 33-72
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      Pages 109-148
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  3. Desk Reference of Astronomical Eyepieces

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. William Paolini
      Pages 187-189
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  4. Back Matter
    Pages 413-442

About this book


This valuable reference fills a number of needs in the field of astronomical eyepieces, including that of a buyer's guide, observer's field guide and technical desk reference. It documents the past market for eyepieces and its evolution right up to the present day. In addition to appealing to practical astronomers - and potentially saving them money - it is useful both as a historical reference and as a detailed review of the current market place for this bustling astronomical consumer product.

What distinguishes this book from other publications on astronomy is the involvement of observers from all aspects of the astronomical community, and also the major manufacturers of equipment. It not only catalogs the technical aspects of the many modern eyepieces but also documents amateur observer reactions and impressions of their utility over the years, using many different eyepieces.

Eyepieces are the most talked-about accessories and collectible items available to the amateur astronomer. No other item of equipment commands such vigorous debate, or has evolved into such a remarkable array of forms and functions. But because of such riches, it is easy to get lost when trying to decide on what eyepieces to buy. This book will help readers choose the best eyepiece for them now and continue to serve as a treasure trove of information for years to come!


Astronomical equipment Astronomical eyepieces Buying best eyepieces Buying telescope oculars Cleaning astronomical eyepieces Current production eyepieces History of astronomical eyepieces Optical astronomy Optical designs Optical features Out of production eyepieces Selecting optimal eyepieces Selecting telescope oculairs Telescope optics

Authors and affiliations

  • William Paolini
    • 1
  1. 1.ViennaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-7722-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-7723-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-9756
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