Provides handy and up to date contact information on new products and manufacturers of astronomical-quality binoculars and telescopes that will save readers countless hours
Second updated edition also features two new chapters on Astroimaging and Pro-Am collaboration as well as new product updates and reviews
Contains evaluations of hundreds of binoculars and telescopes to help readers makes an appropriate selection based on such factors as intended use, portability requirements and budgets
Part of the book series: The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series (PATRICKMOORE)
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Table of contents (16 chapters)
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 exciting and 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Originally written in 2006, much of the first edition is inevitably now out of date, as equipment advances and manufacturers come and go.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 of “A Buyer’s and User’s Guide to Astronomical Telescopes and Binoculars” 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 – not those specialist cool-chip astronomical cameras, not even DSLRs, but regular general-purpose vacation cameras – it is easily possible to image all sorts of astronomical objects and fields. Technical developments, including the Internet, have also made it possible for amateur astronomers to make a real contribution to science by working with professionals.
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 from your purchase.
- 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
Rehoboth Beach, USA
About the author
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.
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
Publisher: Springer New York, NY
Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4614-8732-6Published: 11 October 2013
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4614-8733-3Published: 10 October 2013
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