Hands-On Astronomy: A Cambridge Guide to Equipment and Accessories / Edition 1

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There is a vast range of astronomical equipment available to the amateur astronomer and this pocket-sized handbook will help the amateur make an informed choice about which instruments are best suited to his or her needs covering binoculars, telescopes, eyepieces, filters, and motors. All selection criteria are taken into account, such as level of experience, budget, and observation site. This handbook will help complete beginners make their first purchases, and provide advice for more experienced amateurs wishing to upgrade their equipment. Hervé Burillier runs his own specialist astronomy bookshop in Vannes, France, stocking over five hundred titles. He is a member of the French Astronomical Society (SAF) and of the French Association of Variable Star Observers, and has written the column Observing the Sky in L'Astronomie (the monthly publication of the French Astronomical Society) since 1990. Christophe Lehenaff is an experienced amateur astronomer and specialist on astronomical equipment. He is the author of several French astronomy books.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521005982
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 4.88 (w) x 7.48 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: a brief history of astronomical instruments; Part I. Basic Notions: 1. Characteristics of binoculars; 2. Characteristics of refractors; 3. Characteristics of Newtonian reflectors; 4. Characteristics of the Schmidt, Cassegrain and Maksutov systems; 5. The Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope; 6. Optical characteristics of various instruments; 7. Telescope mounts; Part II. Main Instruments: 8. Binoculars; 9. Refractors for the beginner; 10. Small reflecting telescopes; 11. Mid-sized refractors; 12. Telescopes to grow with; 13. The 8 inch telescope; 14. Large aperture telescopes; 15. Apochromatic refractors; 16. Compact instruments; Part III. Telescope Accessories: 17. Eyepieces; 18. Diverse accessories; 19. Filters; 20. Motors and controls; 21. Accessories for astrophotography; 22. CCD cameras; 23. Publications and star charts; Appendix; Bibliography.

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