Backyard Astronomer's Guide

ISBN-10: 0921820119

ISBN-13: 9780921820116

Edition: Revised 

Authors: Terence Dickinson, Alan Dyer, Barry Estabrook, Alan Dyers

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List price: $39.95
Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date: 1/1/1994
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 298
Size: 9.50" wide x 11.00" long x 0.92" tall
Weight: 2.860
Language: English

Terence Dickinson is the best-selling author of 13 other astronomy books, including Backyard Astronomer's Guide and The Universe and Beyond. He has received many national and international science awards, including the New York Academy of Science Book of the Year Award.

James Beard Award-winning journalist Barry Estabrook was a contributing editor atGourmetmagazine for eight years, writing investigative articles about where food comes from. He was the founding editor ofEating Wellmagazine and has written for theNew York Times Magazine, Reader's Digest, Men's Health, Audubon, and theWashington Post, and contributes regularly toThe Atlantic Monthly's website. His work has been anthologized in the Best American Food Writing series, and he has been interviewed on numerous television and radio shows. He lives and grows tomatoes in his garden in Vermont.

More than one million of Terence Dickinson's previous books are in print in three languages. His many science awards include the New York Academy of Sciences Book of the Year Award and the Royal Canadian Institute's Sandford Fleming Medal.Alan Dyer is a magazine associate editor for "Astronomy".

Amateur Astronomy Comes of Age
Naturalists of the Night
Amateur Astronomy Today
Getting in Deeper
Are You Ready?
Binoculars for the Beginner and the Serious Observer
Selecting Binoculars
Exit Pupil
Field of View
Eyeglasses and Binoculars
Binocular Tests
Giant Binoculars
Telescopes for Recreational Astronomy
A Brief History of Telescopes
Choosing a Telescope
The Magnification Scam
Photographic Fever
Types of Optics
Decoding Telescope Specs
Surveying the Telescope Market
Signs of a Good Starter Scope
Do You Need an Equatorial Mount?
Pros and Cons of Telescope Types
Do You Need a "Got To" Telescope?
Picking a Schmidt-Cassegrain
Recommended Telescopes
The Used-Scope Lot
Essential Accessories: Eyepieces and Filters
Focal Length
Field of View
Calculating Power
Eye Relief
Wide-Field Eyepieces
Long-Eye-Relief Eyepieces
Nagler-Class Eyepieces
Barlow Lenses
Eyepiece and Barlow Performance
Coma Correctors
Planetary Filters
Lunar Filters
Deep Sky or Nebula Filters
The Backyard Guide 'Accessory Catalog'
Upgraded Finderscope
Reflex Sighting Devices
Cleaning and Tool Kit
Dew-Remover Coils
Polar-Alignment Scopes
Heavy Duty Tripods and Wedges
Wheeley Bars and Scope Covers
Collimation Tools
Digital Setting Circles
Binocular Viewers
Focus Motors
Erect-Image Finders
Astro-Travel and Touring
Using Your New Telescope
Decoding Directions
The Mount
The Optical Tube
The Tripod
How a Telescope Moves
Telescope Assembly, a 10-Step Program
Daytime Adjustments
Getting Lined Up
Sharpening the Finder
Nightime Use
Doing the Equatorial Tango
A Change of Latitude
First-Light Do's and Don'ts
Top 10 Newbie Questions
The Naked-Eye Sky
Phenomena of the Day Sky
Phenomena of the Sunset Sky
Phenomena of the Darkening Sky
Superb Conjuctions 2002-2015
Phenomena of the Dark Sky
Fireballs and Meteorites
Our Home in the Galaxy
Recording Your Observations
Observing Conditions: Your Site and Light Pollution
The Eroding Sky
Your Observing Site
Observing From the City
Evaluating the Observing Site
Rating Your Observing Site
Removing Observing Site
Conventions at Dark-Sky Sites
Limiting-Magnitude Factors
Averted Vision
The Magnitude Scale
Observing the Moon, Sun and Comets
Lunar Observing
Is There Anything Left to Discover?
Equipment for Lunar Observing
Solar Observing
Solar Viewing by Projection
Solar Filters for Telescopes
Bright Comets: 1950s to 2002
Observing the Planets
Observing Mercury by Day
Telescopic Appearance
Life on Mars and Percival Lowell
More on Planetary Filters
Jupitor's Four Major Satellites
Saturn's Satellite Family
Uranus, Neptune and Pluto
Exploring the Deep Sky
The Deep-Sky Zoo
Messier's Catalog
Running the Messier Marathon
The NGC and IC
Herschel's Catalog
Beyond NGC
Deep-Sky Tour One: The Stars
It's All Greek to Me
Deep Sky Tour Two: Star Clusters
Deep Sky Tour Three: Where Stars Are Born
Asterisms, the Un-Clusters
Glowing Gas Clouds
Dark Nebulas: Silhouettes on the Sky
Deep-Sky Tour Four: Where Stars Die
Deep-Sky Tour Five: Beyond the Milky Way
The Local Group
Galaxy Groups
Virgo Galaxy Cluster
Distant Clusters
Sketching at the Eyepiece
Southern-Sky Splendors
Shooting the Sky I: The Stand-Alone Camera
Twilight Scenes
Exposure Guidelines: Fixed-Camera Subjects
Auroras and Sky Glows
Maximum Exposures to Avoid Trailing
Buying a Digital Camera
Star Trails
What Can Go Wrong?
Lunar Eclipses
Buying a Film Camera
Solar Eclipses
Solar Eclipse Exposures
Shooting the Sky II: Using a Telescope
Shooting the Solar System: Digital
Digital Adaptors
Astrophoto Accessories
Digital Techniques
Shooting the Planets
Video Astronomy
Astrovid Camera
Shooting the Moon and Sun: Film
The Best Films and Exposures
Exposure Guide for Lunar Photography
Shooting Eclipses With a Telescope
Deep-Sky Piggyback Photography
Film's Last Domain
Piggyback Gear
Barn-Door Tracker
Prime-Focus Deep-Sky Photography
CCDs or Film?
Selecting an Astrophoto Telescope
Auto-Guiders: Guiding Salvation
What Can Go Wrong: Deep-Sky Guiding
Shooting the Sky III: The Digital Frontier
CCD Advantages
How CCDs Work
What CCD Cameras Can Do
What CCD Cameras Can't Do
Choosing a Camera
Pixel Count vs. Pixel Size
Picking Pixels
A Night With a CCD Camera
Processing Images
Is Astrophotography for You?
Computer Software for Backyard Astronomers
Using "Go To" Telescopes
Further Reading
The Authors
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