Hacking a CAT

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

Hints, Tips, and Projects

Some of the most useful “hacks” for CAT users—tips and projects that make good telescopes better—aren’t found in manufacturers manuals. They are passed around at astronomy club meetings or, increasingly, on the Internet in spots where CAT fanciers gather. Following is a sample of CAT hacks, tips, and projects contributed by members of my Internet SCT User and Meade Uncensored groups. These folks, noted in the Acknowledgments at the beginning of this book, were kind enough to share their expert knowledge in the interest of making your SCT better, easier to operate, and more user friendly. Keep in mind that none of the hacks that follow are in the form of detailed step-by-step projects. They are little blurbs and bullets that are only detailed enough to get you going on your own variations—to get the amateur astronomy creative juices flowing.


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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rod Mollise
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  1. 1. AL

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