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Provides practical observing techniques for those without a lot of time to spend on astronomy
Presents many quickly performed projects with novel, time-saving approaches for almost any activity within astronomy
Outlines the secrets of making fast, simply made astronomical images that require little processing
Gives equipment selection tips, especially for what to avoid
Provides a guide to virtually all readily observable deep-space objects for the time-pressed observer
Make Time for the Stars: Fitting Astronomy into Your Busy Life
Hungry for an opportunity to study the stars but have little or no time to do it? Then this book is for you!
Perhaps you have a telescope from years ago, which you used a few times, then put it away in a closet, where it has been gathering dust ever since. Could you still use that telescope, or do you have to buy a new one? And what about all the gadgets on the market now? Which ones do you really need? About how much will it all cost you, and what should you look for when you finally have a night out to look?
Antony Cooke will give you those answers, and outline a program for star (and Solar System) gazing that you will be able to fit into your busy life. He tells why it is imperative to get yourself the right equipment from the start (without breaking the bank!) and why he thinks it is important to focus on live viewing rather than fancy gadgetry and imaging techniques. Full of sound advice and lots of encouragement, you will come away from this book prepared to take up your old hobby with new vigor and finally get the pleasure you knew was possible from studying our neighbors in space.
Content Level »Popular/general
Keywords »Amateur Astronomy - Astronomical Imaging - Astronomical Observing - Astronomy on the Go - Astrophotography advice - Observational Astronomy - Speed Astronomy - Time Management and Astronomy - Tony Cooke - Visual Astronomy - astronomy
The Busy Astronomer.- Making the Right Equipment Choices.- How to Expand Your Potential.- Maximizing Your Time at the Telescope.- The Moon.- The First Port of Call.- The Moon: Close Up and Personal.- Instant Imaging of the Moon.- The Lunar Terminator.- The Greater Solar System.- A Quick Guide to the Solar System.- Planetary Imaging on a Time Budget.- Spectacles in Our Neighborhood.- The Far In and Far Out.- Daytime Astronomy.- Deep Space.- Viewing Deep Space Objects.- Deep Space Imaging.- Astronomy via the Internet.- A Guide for Viewing Sessions.