- Series: The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Springer; 2004 edition (January 23, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1852337141
- ISBN-13: 978-1852337148
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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SKY & TELESCOPE (DECEMBER 2004)
"I knew all I needed to know about my scope, didn’t I? … The NexStar User’s Guide by Michael Swanson answers that question with a resounding No." … Swanson includes thorough, model-specific descriptions of the all the telescope functions, care and maintenance, accessories, and numerous advanced topics. You’ll find advice on how to fine-tune your alignment so that a new target will fall within the eyepiece’s field of view every time you slew. I used to be pleased if that happened two or three times in a night. And are you tormented by backlash? Do you hit the hand paddle’s arrow keys to nudge the aim and have to count to four before the scope actually moves? I was vaguely aware that my 8-inch had backlash compensation settings, but I had never bothered trying to adjust them. And now? Oh, the joy of (almost) backlash-free observing! I was surprised by the difference these small improvements made in the pleasure of my observing experience. Besides owning two NexStars, Swanson’s major credential for writing this book is his NexStar Resource Site (www.nexstarsite.com), which is the precursor to the Guide … The author suggests, and I concur, that the book and the Web site be used in tandem. … [The book’s] true advantage comes from its friendly approach and sound advice based on the personal experiences of the author and other avid NexStar users."
About the Author
Michael Swanson's day job is Technical Manager of Information Systems at the U.S. Navy hospital in Okinawa, Japan. His night jobs have included teaching computer science at the local community college and raising two sons.A chance association via an Internet discussion group lead to an introduction to members of the management team at Celestron, providing a valuable technical resource that made this book possible.
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The fact is, The author does his best to provide proper guidance. One can almost feel the his effort. And, that is my primary objection.....he tries to do too much.
Indeed, there are many, many Celestron scope/mount combos that bare the label, “NexStar”. And the author makes a valid attempt to provide instructions for each and every one. In doing so, it is only natural that the info would be spread thin, with many lists concerning the proper way to use the mount to achieve a desired result.
Because of the large volume of equipment that bare the NexStar name, I had to comb page after page to follow the instructions concerning my particular NexStar scope/mount combo. As far as I could discern, the instructions were correct and informative. But after a while, it becomes a laborious chore to follow along.
The author does his best, to keep the reader interested. He tries to convey his enthusiasm for the product line. And that is what a reader would expect. However, there are only so many step by step processes one can endure.
I believe this is a good referance book. One you keep on the shelf, only opened when needed. It’s use is similar that of your car manual. So, don’t buy this book expecting to enjoy the read...that’s unlikely to happen.
If u buy it, be prepared to put it on the shelf, only to be opened in specific incidents.
Very well written, but like everything that is computer operated by software or firmware, its guide books quickly become out dated.
I just purchased a Celestron 6" refractor with an Advance VX GOTO mount. Save for a few tips and some operational myths dispelled, I was always reading about someone else's instrument. The Nexstar resource pages the author still operates online is perhaps more relevant and up-to-date.
I'd pass on the book though unless you have purchased a used GOTO from 2000 - 2005.
even if you're not a complete noob to astronomy, this book is absolutely fantastic. lots of very useful information, hints, and lots of information you would not know unless you have many years of experience working with nexstar equipment. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone before spending any money on a telescope or accessories, it'll save you a lot of money by keeping you from buying stuff you don't really need
I was, frankly, a little disappointed with this book. I was looking for something that was chock full of "secret tips" on how to use my NexStar telescope, but found that there were few tips available. Much of the information was general information about astronomical topics that an experienced amateur astronomer might already know. It did, however, contain some information specific to the NexStar scopes. And, I did learn some general things that I had not known before. So, if you are a NexStar owner, you spent a good deal of money on your telescope and this is an excellent first accessory, especially if you are a beginner in stargazing.
So, why do I give such a lukewarm review to a book that I awarded five stars?? Well, if you are a NexStar owner, you should know about the web site that author Swanson runs, The NexStar Resource Site, [...]. If you are a NexStar owner and this is the first that you have heard of this site, then you owe it to yourself to check it out!! It has a wealth of current information that you will want to refer to from time to time. So, buy Mr. Swanson's book, if for no other reason than to support his site. And, you may learn some valuable things from the book to boot!