If you had purchased an inexpensive astronomical telescope a few years ago, disappointment would have been almost guaranteed. In current Internet age, times have changed and most (but not quite all) telescopes have been used to favorable results. Sir Patrick Moore, working with John Watson, has surveyed and tested the best and the worst of today's budget-priced astronomical telescopes. This new edition of "Astronomy with a Budget Telescope" is the result of their efforts.
This book will show you how to recognize the good from the bad in observational ware with essential hints and tips on what to look for when buying both new and used telescopes. Updated and expanded, this latest edition includes budgeting tips for the new generation of digital cameras and 'go-to' telescopes. It provides a step-by-step guide to setting up your telescope, and how to observe the Moon, Sun, planets, stars, nebulae, and galaxies. Inside you'll find full-page finder charts and full-color images showing you what each object should look like. "Astronomy with a Budget Telescope", 2nd Edition, is the complete introduction to buying and using a low-cost amateur astronomical telescope!
- How to Buy a Budget Telescope
- How to Use a Budget Telescope
- Observing the Solar System
- Observing the Stars and Galaxies
- Photography and Imaging
- Image Processing Software
- Trying Out Two Typical Budget Telescopes
- The Next Steps
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Sir 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.