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- DescriptionAmateur astromers 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 t 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 biculars 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 astromers. Originally written in 2006, much of the first edition is inevitably w out of date, as equipment advances and manufacturers come and go. This second edition t only updates all the existing sections of A Buyer's and User's Guide to Astromical Telescopes and Biculars 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 - t those specialist cool-chip astromical cameras, t even DSLRs, but regular general-purpose vacation cameras - it is easily possible to image all sorts of astromical objects and fields. Technical developments, including the Internet, have also made it possible for amateur astromers 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 biculars or telescopes for astromy - 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 astromical telescopes or biculars to get the best possible results from your purchase.
- Author BiographyJames 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.
- Author(s)James Mullaney
- PublisherSpringer-Verlag New York Inc.
- Date of Publication11/10/2013
- SubjectPopular Science
- Series TitleThe Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
- Place of PublicationNew York, NY
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSpringer-Verlag New York Inc.
- Content Note22 black & white illustrations, 70 colour illustrations, biography
- Weight440 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine13 mm
- Edition Statement2nd ed. 2014
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