This valuable reference fills a number of needs in the field of astronomical eyepieces, including that of a buyer's guide, observer's field guide and technical desk reference. It documents the past market for eyepieces and its evolution right up to the present day. In addition to appealing to practical astronomers – and potentially saving them money – it is useful both as a historical reference and as a detailed review of the current market place for this bustling astronomical consumer product.
What distinguishes Choosing and Using Astronomical Eyepieces from other publications on astronomy is the involvement of observers from all aspects of the astronomical community, and also the major manufacturers of equipment. It not only catalogs the technical aspects of the many modern eyepieces but also documents amateur observer reactions and impressions of their utility over the years, using many different eyepieces.
Eyepieces are the most talked-about accessories and collectible items available to the amateur astronomer. No other item of equipment commands such vigorous debate, or has evolved into such a remarkable array of forms and functions. But because of such riches, it is easy to get lost when trying to decide on what eyepieces to buy. Choosing and Using Astronomical Eyepieces will help readers choose the best eyepiece for them now and continue to serve as a treasure trove of information for years to come!
Part I: Background
Chapter 1: Introducing the Astronomical Eyepiece
Chapter 2: Choosing Eyepieces and Observing Strategies
Chapter 3: Eyepieces for Celestial Targets and Accessories
Chapter 4: Popular Eyepieces by AFOV Class
Chapter 5: Advice from the Amateur Astronomer Community
Part II: Desk Reference of Astronomical Eyepieces
Chapter 6: How to Use This Guide
Chapter 7: Agena to Docter
Chapter 8: Edmund Scientific to Nikon
Chapter 9: Olivon to Surplus Shed
Chapter 10: Takahashi to Zooming Eyepieces
Appendix A: Formulas and Optical Design Data
Appendix B: Eyepiece Performance Classes
Appendix C: Glossary of Terms