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Astronomy - Astronomy, Observations and Techniques | Building and Using Binoscopes

Building and Using Binoscopes

Butler, Norman

2015, XIII, 342 p. 330 illus., 260 illus. in color.

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  • Provides easy-to-understand information and guidelines about the design and construction of binoscopes
  • Compares the optical and mechanical aspects of viewing the sky through binoscopes vs. a telescope, as well as the differences one can expect
  • Contains many colorful photos of unique binoscopes, built by amateur telescope makers from all over the United States
Focusing on both homemade and commercial products, this book provides the reader with simple and straightforward information about the modelling and building of binoscopes. Binoscopes can be thought of as binoculars enlarged to the size of telescopes: essentially, a combination of the two. Constructing a binoscope is easier than most people think, but it still demands attention to detail and proper background knowledge. The author goes on to provide additional information about how to understand the products currently on the market, should the reader choose to purchase a binoscope instead of building one. Lastly, the book also compares binoscopes with telescopes in great detail, outlining the differences the reader can expect to see in the night sky from using both. The celestial views obtained with a binoscope, compared to a single telescope of the same aperture, are a very different experience and well worth the effort.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Amateur Telescope Building - Binocular Telescopes - Binoscopes - Dobsonian Binocular Telescopes - HPW to use Binoscope - Homemade Binoculars - Newtonian Binocular Telescopes - Reflector Binoculars - Refractor Binoscopes

Related subjects » Astronomy, Observations and Techniques - Optics & Lasers - Popular Astronomy

Table of contents 

Preface.- Why Binoscopes?- Optical Designs.- Binoculars Are Binoscopes.- RTMC Riverside Telescope Makers Conference.- Homemade Binoscopes.- One-Of-A-Kind.- Odds and Ends.- Equatorial Drive Platforms.- Equatorial vs. Altazimuth.- Binoculars Of-The-Third-Kind.- Astronomical Formulae.- Glossary.- Index.

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