Philip's Stargazing with a Telescope

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Buying a telescope is crucial for enhancing interest in astronomy. With so many choices, how does the beginner choose? Robin Scagell supplies the expert objective advice to making a smart purchase.

Stargazing With a Telescope is a practical guide that demystifies the process of buying a telescope. The features and benefits of the different types of viewing instruments are evaluated in straightforward terms. The color illustrations help to clarify the choices.

Equipment covered includes:
  • Binoculars: a range of choices for astronomers at any level
  • Refractors: classic telescopes that are easy to use and maintain
  • Reflectors: sophisticated instruments that allow night sky photography
  • Catadioptrics: compact telescopes that are gaining popularity.

The book provides brand names and model numbers and the general advice applies to all brands, not just those covered. Lens size, focal lengths, focal ratios and much more is explained with clear diagrams and non-scientific text. Also covered are suitable accessories such as eyepieces, filters, mounts and supports, and suggestions for photography through the telescope, and choice of camera and film types. Useful tips are provided on setting up and using any telescope as well as a review of objects to look at with different sizes of telescope.

There is also valuable advice on how to instantly spot misleading labels on low-end telescopes. These are often bought for young, aspiring astronomers who quickly become discouraged with the telescope's poor performance.

Stargazing With a Telescope is a must for newcomers to astronomy whatever their age.

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Because it stays focused, it succeeds. When you read Stargazing, you feel as though you have a friend who's helping you think about the world of telescopes.--Tony Flanders"Sky and Telescope" (10/01/2005)

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A practical guide to telescopes and how to achieve the best results. Fully updated to include all the latest equipment on the market. Features 'What if...' boxes suggesting simple solutions to difficulties. Includes glossary of technical terms. Easy-to-use star maps covering the whole sky.

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