Thompson, Barbara Fritchman; Thompson, Robert Bruce
Date finished: 2008-07-18
65 tips and tricks for amateur astronomers. It starts off simple -- join an astronomy club, how to preserve your night vision, observing site etiquette, the basic ideas of coordinate systems and magnitudes -- and later gets into more complicated equipment maintenance tasks: collimate your scope, clean your lens, calculate and enhance the optical characteristics of your scope. There's useful advice on how to buy a binocular and a telescope, the latter including a lengthy rundown of the various types of telescopes. I hope we someday move away from the heavily light-polluted DC area to somewhere with darker night skies. When that happens, we'll certainly take up amateur astronomy; item #1 will be to buy a copy of this book, re-read it, and take notes.
%T Astronomy Hacks %A Thompson, Robert Bruce %A Thompson, Barbara Fritchman %K astronomy %I O'Reilly %@ 2008-07-18 %P 378pp %D 2005