- Paperback: 282 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (November 11, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521524199
- ISBN-13: 978-0521524193
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,007,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Celestial Objects for Modern Telescopes: Practical Amateur Astronomy Volume 2 1st Edition
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This unique guide covers both traditional and novel aspects of studying the night sky. In addition to the more standard techniques, it discusses the latest modern resources available to today's astronomer, including personal computers, the Internet, and computerized telescopes. It offers practical advi ce and detailed instructions for observing the Sun, Moon, planets, and deep-sky objects; and it introduces newer specialities such as satellite observing and the use of astronomical databases. The book concludes with detailed information about 200 celestial objects, suitable for viewing with modest-sized telescopes under suburban conditions.
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PART I - Amatuer astronomy
1. Using this book effectively
2. Observing sites and conditions
3. The Moon, the Sun, and eclipses
4. The planets
5. Comets, asteroids (minor planets), and artificial satellites
7. Stars - identification, nomenclature, and maps
8. Stars - physical properties
9. Double and multiple stars
10. Variable stars
11. Clusters, nebulae, and galaxies
PART II - 200 interesting stars and deep-sky objects
12. How these objects were chosen
13. The January-February sky (R.A. 6h-10h)
14. The March-April sky (R.A. 10h-14h)
15. The May-June sky (R.A. 14h-18h)
16. The July-August sky (R.A. 18h-22h)
17. The September-October sky (R.A. 22h-2h)
18. The November-December sky (R.A. 2h-6h)
A. Converting decimal minutes to seconds
B. Precession from 1950 to 2000
C. Julian date, 2001-2015
The logical follow up for "How to Use a Computerized Telescope", this volume shows one how to use the various sources available to find the objects one is interested in studying. If I had this book when I first bought my LX200, I would have developed better habits in planning my observing sessions by being able to identify objects in the manner that the telescope has them identified in its database to find them quicker to allow more time for study and or imaging.
My only criticism is the assumption that all users will be using computerized telescopes , and completely ignores those of us who "star hop" by choice , and not necessity. The lack of star hopping descriptions downgrades my rating to a strong 4 stars.