The science and art of using telescopes by Philip Pugh and Anthony Glover

First of all, this isn't just "my" book.  Many thanks to Anthony for the comprehensive Imaging chapter and many others for contributing images.

It is neither a "beginner" book nor an "expert" book. Although beginners and experts would probably enjoy reading it, it is most suitable for those who have completed the beginner stage and are looking to move to the next step, if only they knew what the next step is! There's nothing wrong with being a beginner but there comes a time when repeated observations of a few familiar objects in beginner equipment start to get mundane. Does this necessarily mean the purchase of new, expensive equipment? No, maybe the answer is to get more out of what you already have or even buying (cheap) accessories. Most of the equipment described has a purchase price under $500/£400. Various types of equipment are discussed.

With objects to view, we start with the Moon. Not only is it a night-time object that can be viewed under the most appalling conditions, it can even be viewed in daylight. It also makes an ideal target for simple digital photography, as described later.

Next we come to the Sun, a personal favorite. Narrowband  solar viewing may not be for everyone but even "white light" viewing can be exciting.

Then come the planets, from the easier Jupiter and Saturn to the elusive Mercury and Mars. This is followed by other solar system objects, such as asteroids, meteors and comets.

Outside the solar system, we start with some of the easier deep sky objects that can be seen in small binoculars. It then gets tougher with descriptions of ever increasingly distant objects until we reach the limits of what can be seen in small to medium instruments.

The book then swings into "photography and imaging", starting with simple "point and click" (for which there's a follow up book on its way) to advanced imaging, where Anthony steps in to showcase his expertise. Both Anthony and I discuss the subject of processing images, as well as capturing them, although it would be fair to say that not all tools and techniques can be covered in a single book.

Finally, you may be primarily a solar system observer or deep sky one. Whilst it's nice to specialize in certain types of objects, why not take the opportunity to try something a bit different? This book will help you do that, too.

A few links to buy it

Ebook 30
Amazon UK
 Smithsonian and NASA
  Amazon USA

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