2013, XVIII, 442 p. 268 illus., 51 illus. in color.
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Describes everything you need to know about eyepieces for your telescope in one title
Contains a list of sources for discontinued eyepieces that will help the reader find the very best available on the market
Includes 150 black and white drawings and 30 color photographs of eyepieces
This valuable reference fills a number of needs in the field of astronomical eyepieces, including that of a buyer's guide, observer's field guide and technical desk reference. It documents the past market for eyepieces and its evolution right up to the present day. In addition to appealing to practical astronomers - and potentially saving them money - it is useful both as a historical reference and as a detailed review of the current market place for this bustling astronomical consumer product.
What distinguishes this book from other publications on astronomy is the involvement of observers from all aspects of the astronomical community, and also the major manufacturers of equipment. It not only catalogs the technical aspects of the many modern eyepieces but also documents amateur observer reactions and impressions of their utility over the years, using many different eyepieces.
Eyepieces are the most talked-about accessories and collectible items available to the amateur astronomer. No other item of equipment commands such vigorous debate, or has evolved into such a remarkable array of forms and functions. But because of such riches, it is easy to get lost when trying to decide on what eyepieces to buy. This book will help readers choose the best eyepiece for them now and continue to serve as a treasure trove of information for years to come!
Content Level »Popular/general
Keywords »Astronomical equipment - Astronomical eyepieces - Buying best eyepieces - Buying telescope oculars - Cleaning astronomical eyepieces - Current production eyepieces - History of astronomical eyepieces - Optical astronomy - Optical designs - Optical features - Out of production eyepieces - Selecting optimal eyepieces - Selecting telescope oculairs - Telescope optics