Telescopes and Techniques : An Introduction to Practical Astronomy

The modern aspiring astronomer is faced with a bewil­ dering choice of commercially produced telescopes, including all the designs considered in the preceding chapter. Yet only four decades ago the choice for a small telescope would have been between just a refrac­ tor and a Newtonian reflector. Tha...

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Main Author: Kitchin, C. R.
Corporate Author: SpringerLink (Online service)
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: London Springer London 2003, 2003
Edition:2nd ed. 2003
Series:The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
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Collection: Springer Book Archives -2004 - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Summary:The modern aspiring astronomer is faced with a bewil­ dering choice of commercially produced telescopes, including all the designs considered in the preceding chapter. Yet only four decades ago the choice for a small telescope would have been between just a refrac­ tor and a Newtonian reflector. That change has come about because of the enormous interest that has grown in astronomy since the start of the space age and with the mind-boggling discoveries of the past 30 or 40 years. Except for some of the very small instruments which are unfortunately often heavily promoted in general mail order catalogues, camera shops and the like, the optical quality of these commercially pro­ duced telescopes is almost uniformly excellent. Although one product may be slightly better for some types of observation, or more suited to the personal cir­ cumstances of the observer, than another, most of them will provide excellent observing opportunities. The same general praise cannot be applied, however, to the mountings with which many of these telescopes are provided, and those problems are covered in Chapter 6
Physical Description:XIV, 258 p. 471 illus online resource
ISBN:9781447100232