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Backyard Astronomer's Guide

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ISBN-10: 155209507X

ISBN-13: 9781552095072

Edition: 2nd 2002 (Revised)

Authors: Terence Dickinson, Alan Dyer

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The standard reference for amateur astronomers has been fully revised and updated to provide all the information on the best kind of telescopes, how to take photographs through telescopes, and what charts, books and software are useful.
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Book details

List price: $49.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date: 11/2/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 9.50" wide x 11.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 4.092
Language: English

Terence Dickinson

Introduction
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
Recommendations
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
Coatings
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
Meteors
Fireballs and Meteorites
Auroras
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
Comets
Bright Comets: 1950s to 2002
Observing the Planets
Mercury
Observing Mercury by Day
Venus
Telescopic Appearance
Mars
Life on Mars and Percival Lowell
More on Planetary Filters
Jupiter
Jupitor's Four Major Satellites
Saturn
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
Constellations
Maximum Exposures to Avoid Trailing
Buying a Digital Camera
Star Trails
What Can Go Wrong?
Eclipses
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?
Epilogue
Appendix
Computer Software for Backyard Astronomers
Using "Go To" Telescopes
Further Reading
Index
The Authors