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The backyard astronomer's guide

Author: Terence Dickinson; Alan Dyer
Publisher: Willowdale, Ont. ; Buffalo, N.Y. : Firefly Books, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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What type of telescope is best for beginners? Can I use my camera to take photographs through a telescope? How good are the new computerized telescope mounts? What charts, books, software and other references do I need? These questions are asked time and again by enthusiastic new amateurs as they take up recreational astronomy. But accurate, objective and up-to-date information can be hard to find. Here, authors  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Handbooks and manuals
Amateurs' manuals
Manuels d'amateurs
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Dickinson, Terence.
Backyard astronomer's guide.
Willowdale, Ont. ; Buffalo, N.Y. : Firefly Books, 2002
(OCoLC)666138773
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Terence Dickinson; Alan Dyer
ISBN: 155209507X 9781552095072
OCLC Number: 49795073
Description: 336 pages : illustrations (some color), color portraits) ; 29 cm
Contents: Introduction: A new stargazer's guidebook --
Chapter 1. Amateur astronomy comes of age --
Part I. Equipment for backyard astronomy --
Chapter 2. Binoculars for the beginner and the serious observer --
Chapter 3. Telescopes for recreational astronomy --
Chapter 4. Eyepieces and filters --
Chapter 5. Accessories and observing aids --
Chapter 6. Ten myths about telescopes and observing --
Part II. Observing the celestial panorama --
Chapter 7. The sky without a telescope --
Chapter 8. Observing conditions: your site and light pollution --
Chapter 9. Observing the Moon, Sun and comets --
Chapter 10. Observing the planets --
Chapter 11. How to find your way around the sky --
Chapter 12. Exploring the deep sky --
Part III. Astrophotography --
Chapter 13. Capturing the sky on film --
Chapter 14. The essential techniques --
Chapter 15. Eclipses, gremlins and advanced techniques --
Epilogue: The universe awaits --
Part IV. Appendixes --
Recommended books and magazines --
North American organizations --
Astronomy product sources --
Polar alignment --
Maintaining telescope performance --
A glossary of optical jargon / Peter Ceravolo --
How to test your telescope's optics --
Charts of selected sky regions.
Responsibility: Terence Dickinson & Alan Dyer.
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Two full-time astronomy writers bring decades of experience to this expanded edition. With more than 500 color photos and illustrations, this book sets the standard for reliable information on one of  Read more...

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One of the best books to guide amateurs.--Tracey Pitch"Anchorage Daily News" (12/10/2010)

 
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