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A Buyer's and User's Guide to Astronomical Telescopes and Binoculars


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Buying Astronomical Telescopes and Binoculars

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. James Mullaney
      Pages 3-8
    3. James Mullaney
      Pages 9-16
    4. James Mullaney
      Pages 17-25
    5. James Mullaney
      Pages 27-33
    6. James Mullaney
      Pages 35-46
    7. James Mullaney
      Pages 47-53
    8. James Mullaney
      Pages 55-68
    9. James Mullaney
      Pages 69-74
    10. James Mullaney
      Pages 75-90
  3. Using Astronomical Telescopes and Binoculars

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. James Mullaney
      Pages 93-104
    3. James Mullaney
      Pages 105-124
    4. James Mullaney
      Pages 125-136
    5. James Mullaney
      Pages 137-159
    6. James Mullaney
      Pages 161-166
    7. James Mullaney
      Pages 167-174
    8. James Mullaney
      Pages 175-182
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 183-223

About this book


Amateur astronomers of all skill levels are always contemplating their next telescope, and this book points the way to the most suitable instruments. Similarly, those who are buying their first telescopes – and these days not necessarily a low-cost one – will be able to compare and contrast different types and manufacturers. This revised new guide provides an extensive overview of binoculars and telescopes. It includes detailed up-to-date information on sources, selection and use of virtually every major type, brand, and model on today’s market, a truly invaluable treasure-trove of information and helpful advice for all amateur astronomers.

Originally written in 2006, much of the first edition is inevitably now out of date, as equipment advances and manufacturers come and go. This second edition not only updates all the existing sections but adds two new ones: Astro-imaging and Professional-Amateur collaboration. Thanks to the rapid and amazing developments that have been made in digital cameras it is easily possible to image all sorts of astronomical objects and fields.

Selecting the right device for a variety of purposes can be an overwhelming task in a market crowded with observing options, but this comprehensive guide clarifies the process. Anyone planning to purchase binoculars or telescopes for astronomy – whether as a first instrument or as an upgrade to the next level – will find this book a treasure-trove of information and advice. It also supplies the reader with many useful hints and tips on using astronomical telescopes or binoculars to get the best possible results.


Amateur Astronomer Contributions to Science Astronomical Binoculars Astronomical Instruments Celestial Showpieces Observation Accessories Observing Telescopes Reflecting Telescopes Refracting Telescopes Telescope Basics Telescope Sources Telescopic Techniques

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Rehoboth BeachUSA

About the authors

James Mullaney is an astronomy writer, speaker and consultant who has published nearly a thousand articles and nine books on observing the wonders of the heavens, and logged over 20,000 hours of stargazing time with the unaided eye, binoculars and telescopes.  Formerly Curator of the Buhl Planetarium & Institute of Popular Science in Pittsburgh and more recently Director of the DuPont Planetarium at USCA, he served as staff astronomer at the University of Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Observatory and as an assistant editor for Sky & Telescope magazine.  One of the contributors to Carl Sagan’s award-winning Cosmos PBS-Television series, his work has received endorsement from such notables (and fellow stargazers) over the years as Sir Arthur Clarke, Johnny Carson, Ray Bradbury, Dr. Wernher von Braun, and former student - NASA scientist/astronaut Dr. Jay Apt.  His lifelong mission has been to “Celebrate the Universe!” - to get others to look up at the majesty of the night sky and personally experience the joys of stargazing.  In recognition of his work, he has been elected a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Astronomical Society of London.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title A Buyer's and User's Guide to Astronomical Telescopes and Binoculars
  • Authors James Mullaney
  • Series Title The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Patrick Moore Pract.Astron.Series(formerly:Practical Astronomy)
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4614-8732-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4614-8733-3
  • Series ISSN 1431-9756
  • Series E-ISSN 2197-6562
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages XV, 223
  • Number of Illustrations 22 b/w illustrations, 70 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Astronomy, Observations and Techniques
    Popular Science in Astronomy
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