Choosing and Using a New CAT

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-11-06
  • Publisher: Springer Verlag
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Choosing and Using the New CAT will supercede the author's successful Choosing and Using a Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope, which has enjoyed enthusiastic support from the amateur astronomy community for the past seven years.Since the first book was published, a lot has changed in the technology of amateur astronomy. The sophistication and variety of the telescopes available to amateurs has increased dramatically. Computerized SCTs, Maksutov-Cassegrains, and most recently Meade's new and acclaimed Ritchey-Chrétiens have come to dominate the market. That means that all amateurs considering the purchase of a new telescope (not only a SCT, and not just beginners) will benefit from this detailed guide. Choosing the right telescope for particular kinds of observation (or even for general work) is far from easy ' but Rod Mollise gives invaluable advice and guidance.Today's commercially-made astronomical telescopes are more complex than ever, and a new owner will swiftly discover that the manuals shipped with these telescopes leave much to be desired. Further guidance is a must. Choosing and Using the New CAT provides the missing information in a friendly but authoritative fashion, including imaging the solar system and deep space with the CCD cameras, video, and webcams that have almost completely supplanted 'film' cameras.

Author Biography

Rod Mollise is a test engineer for Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, and is affiliated to the University of South Alabama (Part Time Faculty (Physics Department)). He is the author of Choosing and Using a Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope (Springer), The Urban Astronomer's Guide (Springer), Introduction to Astronomy: Activities (University of South Alabama Physics Department (co-author), and a contributor to Night Sky, Sky and Telescope and Amateur Astronomy.

Table of Contents

Why a CAT?p. 1
What's a CAT?p. 11
Inside a CATp. 19
Which CAT?p. 41
Making Friends with a CATp. 113
Accessorizing a CATp. 129
First Light With a CATp. 165
Enjoying a CATp. 195
Care and Feeding of a CATp. 223
Computerizing a CATp. 237
Taking Pictures with a CATp. 259
Hacking a CATp. 291
Keeping the Passion Alivep. 313
Telescope and Accessory Dealers and Manufacturersp. 319
Internet Resources, Software, and Books for CAT Usersp. 323
Indexp. 329
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