© 2007

A Buyer’s and User’s Guide to Astronomical Telescopes & Binoculars


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

Table of contents

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

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pages 3-8
    3. Pages 9-16
    4. Pages 17-25
    5. Pages 27-33
    6. Pages 35-45
    7. Pages 55-70
    8. Pages 71-75
    9. Pages 77-90
  3. Using Astronomical Telescopes and Binoculars

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Pages 93-104
    3. Pages 105-123
    4. Pages 125-136
    5. Pages 137-158
    6. Pages 159-166
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 167-203

About this book


This new guide provides an extensive overview of astronomical binoculars and telescopes. It includes detailed up-to-date information on sources, selection and use of virtually every major type, brand, and model of such instruments on today’s market.

A Buyer’s & User’s Guide to Astronomical Telescopes and Binoculars is written for amateur astronomers and would-be amateur astronomers. 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.

But that is just the first part of the book. The second part is crammed with hints and tips on using astronomical telescopes or binoculars – in effect, how to get the best possible results from your purchase.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Rehoboth BeachUSA

About the authors

Jim Mullaney is an astronomy writer, lecturer and consultant who has published more than 500 articles and five books: he has also been an editor for Sky & Telescope, Astronomy, and Star & Sky magazines. One of the contributors to Carl Sagan’s award-winning Cosmos PBS-Television series, his work has received recognition from such notables as Sir Arthur Clarke, Johnny Carson, Ray Bradbury, Dr. Wernher von Braun, and one of his former students – NASA scientist/astronaut Dr. Jay Apt.

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

"Purchasing your first pair of binoculars or first telescope can be an intimidating task. … James Mullaney’s book is an invaluable guide to aid in your purchase. … He has compiled comprehensive, up-to-date product and contact information for manufacturers and suppliers of binoculars and telescopes. … While it’s certainly a great book for the novice observer, advanced amateurs will probably find that the book covers too much familiar ground to warrant purchasing." (Jennifer Birriel, Sky & Telescope, November, 2007)