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- DescriptionAstromy with a Budget Telescope, 2nd Edition is a complete introduction to buying and using a low-cost amateur astromical telescope. It provides essential hints and tips about what to look for when buying on a budget - the best are w excellent value, but they all lack an astromer's advice about setting them up and using them. Astromy with a Budget Telescope was first published in 2003, since then techlogy has moved on substantially. The main factors are first the availability of fairly inexpensive computer-controlled go-to telescopes which after setting up can automatically locate any celestial objects with reasonable accuracy. Second, digital cameras have w almost completely displaced wet film cameras, and some of them are particularly well-suited to astromical use. Third, prices are down and quality is up! This new edition is revised and extended to include using a low-cost go-to telescope - there are various pitfalls to be avoided - and how this class of instrument can make amateur astromy more accessible to those with limited time at their disposal. It also discusses the new breed of mid-range digital cameras that include powerful on-board processing and image enhancement software that used to be available only to people with advanced astromical CCD cameras. Finally, there are detailed reviews and test reports on some of the budget telescopes that are available on Main Street and by mail order.
- Author BiographySir Patrick Moore, CBE, FRS is one of the world's leading popularizers of astronomy and space. He has presented his BBC TV program, The Sky at Night continuously since 1957, which has been broadcast every four weeks since, making it the world's longest running television program of any kind. Patrick has written more than 100 astronomy book. In recognition of Patrick's contribution to the popularization of science over the past 50 years, he was knighted in November 2000. He has also been made a Fellow of the Royal Society, an honor he values particularly highly. As the presenter of the record-breaking The Sky at Night, Patrick was awarded a BAFTA in 2000. John Watson, FRAS, has been an active amateur astronomer for forty years. He retired in 2004 from Springer London, where he had been Managing Director for fifteen years, prior to which he was Editorial Director at McGraw-Hill, and before that, Senior Publisher at Macmillan. During his time at Springer he was responsible for the creation and development of Springer's amateur astronomy publishing program, the first book have been published in 1995. The author of several textbooks on electronics and electrical engineering - and one on car maintenance - he has recently contributed to various astronomy books, including those by Philip Pugh and Michael Munder, both published by Springer.
- PublisherSpringer-Verlag New York Inc.
- Date of Publication01/03/2012
- SubjectPopular Science
- Series TitleThe Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
- Place of PublicationNew York, NY
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSpringer-Verlag New York Inc.
- Content Note63 black & white illustrations, 48 colour illustrations, biography
- Weight278 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Edition Statement2nd Revised edition
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