- 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: 47 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,626 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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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
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.