The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series

Choosing and Using Astronomical Eyepieces

Authors: Paolini, William

  • 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
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About this book

A valuable reference that fills a number of niches including that of a buyer's guide, technical desk reference and observer's field guide. It documents the past market 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 In addition to appealing to practical astronomers - and potentially saving them money - it is useful both as a historical reference and as a detailed review of the current market place for this bustling astronomical consumer product.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 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. 'Choosing and Using Astronomical Eyepieces' provides a vast amount of reference material to point readers towards the best buys and the right eyepieces for different kinds of observing.

About the authors

William Paolini has been actively involved in optics and amateur astronomy for 45 years, has published numerous product reviews on major online amateur astronomy boards, and volunteers with public tours at a famous vintage Clark refractor site. 

 

Paolini's professional background is as an officer in the U. S. Air Force and as a computer scientist, holding a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Master of Science in Education. He has worked for the U. S. Department of Defense, the U. S. Department of Commerce, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Reserve, the World Bank, and a variety of commercial corporations in the information technology, information technology security, and telecommunications industries.

 

Paolini has been observing as an amateur astronomer since the mid-1960's, grinding mirrors for homemade Newtonian telescopes during the 1970's and eventually owning, using, and testing several hundreds of eyepieces in a wide variety of telescopes from achromatic and apochromat refractors to Newtonian, Maksutov-Cassegrain, and Schmidt-Cassegarian designs. Today he enjoys observing from his suburban home west of Washington, D. C., where his primary amateur astronomy pursuits are lunar, planetary, bright nebula, open cluster, and globular cluster observing.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introducing the Astronomical Eyepiece

    Paolini, William

    Pages 3-32

  • Choosing Eyepieces and Observing Strategies

    Paolini, William

    Pages 33-72

  • Eyepieces and Accessories for Celestial Targets

    Paolini, William

    Pages 73-107

  • Popular Eyepieces by AFOV Class

    Paolini, William

    Pages 109-148

  • Advice from the Amateur Astronomer Community

    Paolini, William

    Pages 149-184

Buy this book

eBook $34.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-7723-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $44.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-7722-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Rent the ebook  
  • Rental duration: 1 or 6 month
  • low-cost access
  • online reader with highlighting and note-making option
  • can be used across all devices
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Choosing and Using Astronomical Eyepieces
Authors
Series Title
The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-7723-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-7723-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-7722-8
Series ISSN
1431-9756
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 442
Number of Illustrations and Tables
217 b/w illustrations, 51 illustrations in colour
Topics