Astronomy with Small Telescopes

Author: Stephen Tonkin
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1447102290
Format: PDF
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Small telescopes, whether simple beginners' telescopes or refined computer-controlled instruments, are gaining popularity fast as technology improves and public interest increases. In this book the author has brought together the experience of small telescope users to provide an insightful look into just what is possible. It is written for newcomers to astronomy and experts. Topics covered include: refractors, reflectors, advanced catadioptric telescopes, and a simple radio telescope. Almost everyone with an interest in practical astronomy will want this book.

Real Astronomy with Small Telescopes

Author: Michael Gainer
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1846285089
Format: PDF
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This book demonstrates the use of an 80mm refractor and shows how it can be used as a real scientific instrument. The author is an experienced small telescope user and an astronomy educator, and he provides step-by-step instructions for numerous scientific activities. Users will find many activities and projects suitable for an 80mm refractor or 90mm reflector or Maksutov that have not been published elsewhere. Emphasis is on measurement and discovery activities rather than on casual observing. This book will provide amateur observers with the knowledge and skill that will help them make genuine contributions to the field of astronomy.

Video Astronomy on the Go

Author: Joseph Ashley
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319469371
Format: PDF, Docs
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Author Joseph Ashley explains video astronomy's many benefits in this comprehensive reference guide for amateurs. Video astronomy offers a wonderful way to see objects in far greater detail than is possible through an eyepiece, and the ability to use the modern, entry-level video camera to image deep space objects is a wonderful development for urban astronomers in particular, as it helps sidestep the issue of light pollution. The author addresses both the positive attributes of these cameras for deep space imaging as well as the limitations, such as amp glow. The equipment needed for imaging as well as how it is configured is identified with hook-up diagrams and photographs. Imaging techniques are discussed together with image processing (stacking and image enhancement). Video astronomy has evolved to offer great results and great ease of use, and both novices and more experienced amateurs can use this book to find the set-up that works best for them. Flexible and portable, they open up a whole new way of seeing space.

Basic Astronomy and the Small Telescope

Author: Matthew DeSipio
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781546620532
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Learn how to find and photograph 50+ objects in the night sky using a small telescope and affordable equipment! Includes the moon, the planets, the sun, nebulae, galaxies, clusters, and multiple star systems! A small telescope is a powerful tool... if you know how to use one. This book walks the reader through the basics of astronomy (the sun, the Earth, the moon, the planets, Kepler's laws, and more), the basic concepts behind how telescopes work (resolution, magnification, parts & accessories, limitations, and more), and how to observe various astronomical targets through a small telescope (the moon, planets, stars, clusters, galaxies, and nebulae). A brief introduction to smartphone and budget-friendly DSLR astrophotography is also included. This book will show the reader affordable ways to pursue astronomy and astrophotography. For example, the book discusses "purchasing used equipment," "what you really need to buy," "how to take astrophotographs without tracking," "how to build your own solar filter," "how to build a simple barn door mount," "how to simply build your own telescopes," and other similar topics. This book also contains a complete messier object table (object, type, season, magnitude, and size), several star/constellation maps, a few moon maps, and other similar tables and data. A great resource for any astronomer! This book is 280 pages long (6"x9") and includes author-generated images to keep the price of the book to a minimum.

The Casual Sky Observer s Guide

Author: Rony De Laet
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781461405955
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The Casual Sky Observer's Pocket Guide offers an observing program for occasional amateur observers looking for some quick, fun astronomy adventures under the stars. In the real world, where time for observing is limited, the weather is seldom perfect, and expensive equipment is not an option, amateur astronomy may not be seen as a worthwhile activity. However, portable and quick-to-set-up instruments are available. A pair of binoculars or a small telescope fills the bill. And the way to make the most of these instruments is described in the Casual Sky Observer's Pocket Guide. Not only does the book feature the best and brightest showpieces of the heavens; it also provides a great deal of physical and environmental data as well as lots of fascinating information and beautiful illustrations that provide a unique perspective on the many treasures within and beyond our home galaxy, the Milky Way--stars, star clusters, other galaxies, and nebulae, all within reach of binoculars or a small telescope.

Telescopes and Techniques

Author: C. R. Kitchin
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1447100239
Format: PDF, ePub
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The modern aspiring astronomer is faced with a bewil dering choice of commercially produced telescopes, including all the designs considered in the preceding chapter. Yet only four decades ago the choice for a small telescope would have been between just a refrac tor and a Newtonian reflector. That change has come about because of the enormous interest that has grown in astronomy since the start of the space age and with the mind-boggling discoveries of the past 30 or 40 years. Except for some of the very small instruments which are unfortunately often heavily promoted in general mail order catalogues, camera shops and the like, the optical quality of these commercially pro duced telescopes is almost uniformly excellent. Although one product may be slightly better for some types of observation, or more suited to the personal cir cumstances of the observer, than another, most of them will provide excellent observing opportunities. The same general praise cannot be applied, however, to the mountings with which many of these telescopes are provided, and those problems are covered in Chapter 6.

Seeing Stars

Author: C. R. Kitchin
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1447106210
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This essential and highly-illustrated guide is for anyone taking their first steps in observational astronomy. It shows what you can expect to see, helping you get the most from your equipment. This unique book gives amateurs the guidance and assurance they need to become more proficient observers.