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The Science and Art of Using Astronomical Telescopes



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You're not a beginner anymore. Yet you're not sure how to take the next steps.

Author Biography

Philip Pugh is a mathematician, a member of the Institute of Technical and Scientific Communicators, and travels the world as a freelance trainer in science and business. He has had his articles published in Sky & Telescope, Astronomy, and Astronomy Now, and is the author/editor of Springer's forthcoming book, Observing the Sun with CoronadoTM Telescopes.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Getting Past the "Beginner" Stagep. 2
Specializing in Subbranchesp. 4
Choosing a Telescopep. 6
Choosing Binocularsp. 9
Beginner Telescopesp. 12
Wide Field Reflectorsp. 14
Small Aperture Achromatic Refractorsp. 15
Small Aperture Newtonian Reflectorsp. 17
Short Tube Refractorsp. 19
Larger Aperture Newtonian Reflectorsp. 21
Larger Aperture Achromatic Refractorsp. 23
Clear Aperture Reflectorsp. 24
Compact Reflectorsp. 25
Apochromatic Refractorsp. 28
Specialist Telescopesp. 30
Accessoriesp. 31
Rules Are Meant to Be Brokenp. 37
Too Cloudy to Go Out?p. 40
Daytime Viewingp. 42
Digital Photographyp. 46
Lunar Viewingp. 51
Choice of Equipmentp. 55
What to Seep. 63
How to Get the Best from Lunar Viewingp. 75
For Further Readingp. 77
Solar Viewingp. 79
Choice of Equipmentp. 87
What to Seep. 97
Getting the Best from Solar Viewingp. 99
For Further Readingp. 105
Planetary Viewingp. 107
The Inferior Planetsp. Ill
Superior Planetsp. 113
Choice of Equipmentp. 116
What to Seep. 121
How to Get the Most from Planetary Viewingp. 137
For Further Readingp. 138
Viewing Other Solar System Objectsp. 139
Meteorsp. 140
Meteor Showersp. 142
Cometsp. 145
Dwarf Planetsp. 152
Simple Deep Sky Viewingp. 157
Catalogsp. 162
Choice of Equipmentp. 164
What to Seep. 165
How to Get the Best from Simple Deep Sky Viewingp. 184
For Further Readingp. 185
Beyond the Local Groupp. 187
Choice of Equipmentp. 188
What to Seep. 190
Tips and Tricksp. 195
For Further Readingp. 197
Simple Digital Photographyp. 199
Choice of Equipmentp. 202
Lunar Photographyp. 204
Solar Photographyp. 211
Planetary Photographyp. 216
Constellation Photographyp. 217
Double Star Photographyp. 219
The Final Word (Or Is It?)p. 220
Deep Sky Astro-Imagingp. 223
Getting Startedp. 225
The Camerap. 232
The Mountp. 240
Auto-Guidingp. 251
Mount Calibrationp. 256
Taking Your Imagep. 257
Focusingp. 258
Software-Assisted Focusingp. 263
Filtersp. 265
Color Imagingp. 267
Narrowband Filtersp. 269
Image Acquisition and Processingp. 270
Image Acquisitionp. 271
Image Processingp. 272
Image Reduction/Calibrationp. 275
Dark Framep. 276
Flat Framep. 278
Flat Darksp. 280
Orderp. 282
Image Processingp. 283
Other Basic Processing Functionsp. 298
Colorp. 299
Digital SLR Camerasp. 300
Webcam Imagingp. 302
Processing Your Planetary Imagesp. 305
Basic Planetary Processing with Registax3p. 309
Conclusionp. 315
Usual Suspects Listp. 333
Glossaryp. 357
Indexp. 389
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