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Go-To Telescopes Under Suburban Skies (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series) 2010th Edition

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“It is an excellent guide. … gives useful and sometimes detailed information about the objects … . As such it is an excellent, handy and easy-to-use guide, and I’m happy to recommend it.” (Robin Scagell, The Observatory, Vol. 131 (1225), December, 2011)

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For the last four centuries stargazers have turned their telescopes to the night skies to look at its wonders, but only in this age of computers has it become possible to let the telescope find for you the object you are looking for! So-called “go-to” telescopes are programmed with the locations of thousands of objects, including dazzling distant Suns, stunning neighboring galaxies, globular and open star clusters, the remnants of past supernovae, and many other breathtaking sights. This book does not tell you how to use your Go-to telescope. Your manual will help you do that. It tells you what to look for in the deep sky and why, and what equipment to best see it with. Organized broadly by what is best for viewing in the northern hemisphere in different seasons, Monks further divides the sights of each season into groupings such as “Showpiece Objects,” “Interesting Deep Sky Objects,” and “Obscure and Challenging Deep Sky Objects.” He also tells what objects are visible even in light-polluted skies. So armed with your go-to telescope, find an ideal viewing site or set up your telescope in your own backyard. Either way, you’re in for some fun!
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Product Details

  • Series: The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2010 edition (September 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441968504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441968500
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,575,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really like this book.

One has to pay attention at the title to place this book - the other reviewer criticized this book because it did not have much, if any, content on how to operate a telescope. The back cover clearly addresses this.

This is an observation book, or better said, an observation planning book. So no, it is not going to tell you how to operate your telescope. Your manual will tell you that. There are many books, and forums on the Internet that can help you with setting up, aligning, collimating, and operating your new telescope.

The problem is that these go-to telescopes come with controllers whose databases are loaded with thousands of objects that users (especially new users) under typical conditions (most users probably live in urban/suburban environments) will not be able to find/see. For example, The Celestron SkyProdigy 6 has a database of 10,000 objects. The Meade LS-6 and LS-8, and the Celestron Evolution series (6, 8, and 9.25 inch apertures), come with controllers sporting 100,000 object databases! Under today’s light polluted skies, there is no way those telescopes will be able to show too many of those objects, which leads to user frustration, which leads to the telescope being relegated to the back of the closet.

This is where this book comes in - it guides the novice amateur astronomer toward those deep space objects that actually can be seen, and enjoyed, in their telescopes.

The book starts out with a no nonsense opening chapter discussing the minimum amount of accessories you should buy, the few things that could go wrong, and then launches into four chapters that are the meat of the book, one for each season of the year.
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This book is written for novice amateur astronomers who have a GoTo telescope, live in urban or suburban areas, and don't know what they want to observe. It doesn't tell you how to use your smartscope; it only suggests what you could use it to look at.

I bought it hoping it had some advice on programming a Celestron Prodigy. It has nothing to say on that topic. I would not buy it again.

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