My Heavens!: The Adventures of a Lonely Stargazer Building an Over-the-Top Observatory

Overview

Perhaps you are already a stargazer using a small telescope you bring out to your back yard on clear nights. Perhaps you have a larger telescope that is mounted outside and protected from inclement weather. Perhaps you just dream of someday owning a fancy telescope set-up and turning it skyward to view the neighboring planets and moons of the Solar System or the stars that wink at you from millions of miles away.

Whether you might want to undertake building an over-the-top dome ...

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Overview

Perhaps you are already a stargazer using a small telescope you bring out to your back yard on clear nights. Perhaps you have a larger telescope that is mounted outside and protected from inclement weather. Perhaps you just dream of someday owning a fancy telescope set-up and turning it skyward to view the neighboring planets and moons of the Solar System or the stars that wink at you from millions of miles away.

Whether you might want to undertake building an over-the-top dome observatory yourself or not, you are sure to enjoy this informative tale by Gordon Rogers, told with humor and humility, of his torturous but ultimately rewarding experience with building for himself, attached to his own home, a fancy and sophisticated dome observatory, just for the pleasure of sky watching on beautiful nights (of which there are far too few in England!). Read about all the thinking and planning that went into this venture, and the options considered and rejected. Read about the choices and mistakes made along the way. Finally, read and discover the joys of sky watching using state-of-the-art equipment, and share in the author’s frustrations and triumphs as he completed this project of a lifetime.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387737812
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Series: Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
  • Edition description: 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon Rogers lives in England. He is a qualified building surveyor, a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors as well as a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. His beautiful deep-sky images regularly appear in the astronomical magazines. He contributed a chapter to More Small Observatories, by Sir Patrick Moore (Springer, 2002). He lives in what is probably the only traditional English part-thatched cottage to feature an observatory dome!

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Table of Contents

Why Astronomy?.- Aperture Fever.- What Type of Observatory?.- Town and County Planning.- Construction.- Telescopic Equipment Update.- The Opening Ceremony and “Sky at Night”.- Cameras, Computers, and Software.- Wrinkles Galore.- Photographic Results.- Stargate 4173 at Grimaldi Tower.- The Spring Gulch Observatory, Jackson Hole, Wyoming.- Public Reaction.- A Few Last Thoughts.- Resources.

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