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Binocular Astronomy

Tonkin, Stephen

2nd ed. 2014, XXV, 435 p. 316 illus., 115 illus. in color.

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  • Describes the many advantages of using binoculars for astronomy. This 2nd Edition extends its coverage to large and giant binoculars and binoviewers
  • Explains how to choose and evaluate binoculars for both novices and advanced astronomers
  • Covers the functionality and physiology of binocular observation and the varying optical characteristics of binoculars
Binoculars have, for many, long been regarded as an “entry level” observational tool, and relatively few have used them as a serious observing instrument. This is changing! Many people appreciate the relative comfort of two-eyed observing, but those who use binoculars come to realize that they offer more than comfort. The view of the stars is more aesthetically pleasing and therefore binocular observers tend to observe more frequently and for longer periods.

Binocular Astronomy, 2nd Edition, extends its coverage of small and medium binoculars to large and giant (i.e., up to 300mm aperture) binoculars and also binoviewers, which brings the work into the realm of serious observing instruments. Additionally, it goes far deeper into the varying optical characteristics of binoculars, giving newcomers and advanced astronomers the information needed to make informed choices on purchasing a pair. It also covers relevant aspects of the physiology of binocular (as in “both eyes”) observation.

The first edition of this title was praised for its suggested objects for observation and especially for the finder charts for each object. In this second edition, this section is expanded in three ways. There are new objects, more information on each object, and a re-organization of the objects for binoculars for easier selection. 

Binocular Astronomy 2nd Edition puts an emphasis on understanding binoculars and their use. The additional content reflects the latest developments in technology, new testing techniques, and practical ideas for binocular use. It also responds to the substantially positive reviews of the first edition, and is now even better suited to its target readership.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Binocular Accessories - Binocular Maintenance - Binocular Mechanics - Binocular Observing Techniques - Binocular Optics - Choosing Binoculars - Hand-held Binoculars - Objects for Binocular Observation - Observing with Binoculars - Using Binoculars with Constellation Charts

Related subjects » Astronomy, Observations and Techniques - Popular Astronomy

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