Stargazing With A Telescope

Stargazing With A Telescope

Book - 2009 | 3rd ed
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The complete guide to buying and using telescopes for stargazers of any age and experience level.

Buying a telescope is crucial for budding astronomers. With so many choices, how does the beginner choose? Robin Scagell supplies expert, objective advice.

Stargazing with a Telescope is a practical guide that demystifies the process of buying and using a telescope. Scagell provides brand names and model numbers and general advice that applies to all brands, not just those covered. Clear color diagrams and non-scientific text explain lens size, focal lengths, focal ratios and much more.

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.

Scagell also covers suitable accessories, such as eyepieces, filters, mounts and supports, and photography through a telescope. He provides useful tips on setting up and using any telescope and reviews objects to observe with different sizes of telescopes.

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

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

Publisher: Buffalo, N.Y. : Firefly Books, c2009
Edition: 3rd ed
ISBN: 9781554075775
Branch Call Number: 522.2 SCA 2009
Characteristics: 192 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 20 cm


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CMLibrary_gjd_0 May 21, 2018

I really wish there were such a thing as an easy to use "how to telescope book". Although this book is chalk full of information, not much to help to a beginner such as myself. It's just a little too wordy, and talks about things out of my control. (I received a telescope as a work anniversary gift--didn't get to pick what kind of 'scope, etc)

Luckily, there is CAAC (Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club) to help a little, if you "like" them on Facebook you will be able to track happenings locally. I hear they conduct classes periodically, and I did attend an event at Matthews Library this year.

I suppose my next stop will be YouTube. I'm looking for something very, very basic on using a telescope.

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