- Series: Practical Amateur Astronomy
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (November 4, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1107614473
- ISBN-13: 978-0521007900
- ASIN: 0521007909
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,449,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Use a Computerized Telescope: Practical Amateur Astronomy Volume 1 1st Edition
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'[Covington] writes clearly and the text is presented in an orderly manner, so that the reader is unlikely to become confused.' The Times Higher Education Supplement
How to Use a Computerized Telescope is the first handbook that describes how to get your computerized telescope up-and-running, and how to embark on a program of observation. It explains in detail how the sky moves, how your telescope tracks it, and how to get the most out of any computerized telescope. Packed full of practical advice and tips for troubleshooting, it translates the manufacturers' technical jargon into easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, and includes many of the author's tried and tested observing techniques.
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PART I - Telescopes in general
1. Welcome to amatuer astronomy
2. How the sky moves
3. How telescopes track the stars
4. Using equatorial mounts and wedges
5. Telescope optics
6. Eyepieces and optical accessories
PART II - Three classic telescopes
9. Three that led the revolution
10. Meade LX200
11. Celestron NexStar 5 and 8
12. Meade Autostar (ETX and LX90)
Though the models described in detail in the book are no longer the latest models, the foundations will allow one to get a better understanding of how computerized telescopes work, and how to get more out of their use.