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  See It with a Small Telescope
101 Cosmic Wonders including Planets, Moons, Comets, Galaxies, Nebulae, Star Clusters and More

by Will Kalif
256 pages, December 2017
Level: Beginner

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Description: It doesn't take an astronomy degree to feel like an astronaut and explore space with a small telescope. See It with a Small Telescope takes the mystery and struggle out of exploring the unknown and discovering new worlds! With hands-on tips and tricks, this book offers a complete guide to unleashing the full power of a small telescope and going beyond the basics.

Without technical jargon and complicated star charts, this book offers step-by-step instructions and easy-to-use illustrations for finding over 100 celestial objects in the night's sky, including:

  • Saturn's Rings
  • Jupiter's Moons
  • The Orion Nebula
  • The Andromeda Galaxy
  • Polaris Double Star
  • Pegasus Globular Cluster
  • Apollo 11 Site
  • and more...
  • Author's Comments: This book was a work of joy for me. I have loved telescopes and astronomy for my whole life since I received my very first small telescope as a teenager. With this book I hope to share that passion and enthusiasm with you. There are lots of wonderful things to see in the night sky and in this book I show you 101 of them!

    Amazon.com Customer Comment: This should be advertised as a package deal with any smaller telescope, because this book completely changed how I experience my small telescope! more»

      Choosing and Using a New CAT
    Getting the Most from Your Schmidt Cassegrain or Any Catadioptric Telescope

    by Rod Mollise
    335 pages, December 2008
    Level: All

    Description: Choosing and Using the New CAT will supercede the author's successful Choosing and Using a Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope, which has enjoyed enthusiastic support from the amateur astronomy community for the past seven years.

    Since the first book was published, a lot has changed in the technology of amateur astronomy. The sophistication and variety of the telescopes available to amateurs has increased dramatically. Computerized SCTs, Maksutov-Cassegrains, and most recently Meade's new and acclaimed Ritchey-Chrétiens have come to dominate the market. That means that all amateurs considering the purchase of a new telescope (not only a SCT, and not just beginners) will benefit from this detailed guide. Choosing the right telescope for particular kinds of observation (or even for general work) is far from easy -- but Rod Mollise gives invaluable advice and guidance.

    Today's commercially-made astronomical telescopes are more complex than ever, and a new owner will swiftly discover that the manuals shipped with these telescopes leave much to be desired. Further guidance is a must. Choosing and Using the New CAT provides the missing information in a friendly but authoritative fashion, including imaging the solar system and deep space with the CCD cameras, video, and webcams that have almost completely supplanted film cameras.

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      Star Ware
    The Amateur Astronomer's Guide to Choosing, Buying, and Using Telescopes and Accessories

    by Philip S. Harrington
    432 pages, 4th Edition, April 2007
    Level: All Levels

    Highly Recommended

    Thinking of buying a telescope? Don't be fooled by marketing hype. This book is the ultimate source of unbiased information about buying a telescope and other astronomical equipment.

    This is the fourth edition of Phil Harrington's popular and comprehensive guide to astronomical equipment. Written for both new astronomers as well as experienced amateurs it includes numerous tips and tricks from other experienced astronomers.

    Book Synopsis: Just as our knowledge of the cosmos has changed, so has astronomy technology. So how does the amateur astronomer make informed choices about buying telescopes. In this latest edition of Star Ware, award-winning astronomy writer Philip Harrington helps eliminate the guesswork and guides us through the process with fully updated and expanded chapters on telescopes and accessories.

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      The Dobsonian Telescope
    A Practical Manual for Building Large Aperture Telescopes

    by David Kriege and Richard Berry
    475 pages, 1st Edition, June 1997
    Level: All Levels

    Highly Recommended

    Book Description: This book tells how you can build a state-of-the-art Dobsonian telescope using readily available materials and supplies. Every step of construction is detailed in photographs and diagrams, and the underlying ideas are carefully explained. As a result of this three-year collaboration between authors David Kriege and Richard Berry, experienced and well-known telescope makers, you now have the opportunity to build a high-performance telescope from 14 inches to 40 inches aperture based on the thoroughly tested designs described in this book.

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      Astronomy Hacks
    by Robert Thompson and Barbara Thompson
    416 pages, June 2005
    Level: All

    Description: Do you relish viewing and identifying celestial objects? Whether you're a first timer or an advanced hobbyist, you will find Astronomy Hacks makes a brilliant cosmic companion. Why use the traditional approach in admiring and studying the stars when you can turn computers, handheld devices, and telescopes into star gazing tools for an out-of-this-world experience.

    This handy field guide covers the basics of observing, and what you need to know about tweaking, tuning, adjusting, and tricking out a 'scope. Expect priceless tips and tools for using a Dobsonian telescope, the large-aperture telescope you can inexpensively build in your garage.

    Astronomy Hacks begins the space exploration by getting you set up with the right equipment for observing and admiring the stars in an urban setting. Along for the trip are first rate tips for making most of observations. The hacks show you how to:

    • Dark-Adapt Your Notebook Computer
    • Choose the Best Binocular
    • Clean Your Eyepieces and Lenses Safely
    • Upgrade Your Optical Finder
    • Photograph the Stars with Basic Equipment
    The O'Reilly Hacks series has reclaimed the term "hacking" to mean innovating, unearthing, and creating shortcuts, gizmos, and gears. With these hacks, you don't dream it -- you do it. The book is essential for anyone who wants to get the most out of an evening under the stars and have memorable celestial adventures.

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      Making Your Own Telescope
    by Allyn J. Thompson
    223 pages, June 2003
    Level: All

    Book Description: Complete, detailed instructions and numerous diagrams for constructing a do-it-yourself telescope. No complicated mathematics are involved, and no prior knowledge of optics or astronomy is needed to follow the text's step-by-step directions. Contents cover, among other topics, materials and equipment; tube parts and alignment; eyepieces, and related problems; setting circles; and optical principles. 1973 ed. Appendixes. Index. 6 plates. 100 figures.

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      Build Your Own Telescope
    Complete Plans for Five Telescopes You Can Build with Simple Hand Tools

    by Richard Berry
    240 pages, 3rd Edition, April 2001
    Level: Intermediate to Advanced

    Highly Recommended

    Have you ever dreamed of exploring the heavens with a telescope? This book contains specific "nut-and-bolt" instructions on how to build a powerful astronomical telescope inexpensively using ordinary household tools and materials. It includes complete plans, step-by step instructions, and 275 illustrations that show you how to build these 5 telescopes:

    • 4-inch f/10 Reflector -- A sturdy easy to use telescope that is perfect for beginners or as a parent/child project.
    • 6-inch f/8 Dobsonian Reflector -- A light, compact telescope that is simple to build, but powerful enough to satisy a backyard observer for many years.
    • 6-inch f/8 Equatorial Reflector -- A classic design for the amateur astronomer or craftsman who wants an elegant telescope and great performance.
    • 10-inch f/6 Dobsonian Reflector -- A powerful and versatile telescope suitable for casual stargazing or for a serious amateur's long-term observing programs.
    • 6-inch f/15 Refractor -- A large refractor that outperforms commercial telescope of considerably larger aperture.
    Note, the book assumes you will buy commercial optics, but there is a section on homemade optics as well.

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    A Manual for Optical Evaluation and Adjustment
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