The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series

Grab 'n' Go Astronomy

Authors: English, Neil

  • Written for any amateur astronomer who wants to "grab and go" with a small portable telescope
  • Includes plenty of activities for both urban and rural observers
  • Provides descriptive and realistic observing information
  • Contains tips on the must useful accessories for observing
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About this book

Like everyone else, most amateur astronomers live busy lives. After a long day or work or looking after young children, the last thing you want as an observer is to have to lug out a large telescope and spend an hour getting it ready before it can be used. Maybe you are going on vacation somewhere in the countryside where there are sure to be dark skies, but you don’t necessarily want astronomy to dominate the trip. Or suppose you are not quite committed to owning a large telescope, but curious enough to see what a smaller, portable setup can accomplish. These are times when a small “grab ’n’ go” telescope, or even a pair of binoculars, is the ideal instrument. And this book can guide you in choosing and best utilizing that equipment.

What makes a telescope fall into the “grab ’n’ go” category? That’s easy – speed of setting up, ease of use, and above all, portability.

In Part I of this book, we survey the various types of equipment, including accessories and mounts, that are available, and what it is best for what kind of viewing.

Part II is about using your grab ’n’ go telescope to visit a wealth and wide variety of objects. There are chapters on solar, lunar and planetary observing, as well as descriptions of many deep sky objects, including double and variable stars, planetary, emission and reflection nebulae, open and globular clusters and distant galaxies.

This ambitious text is dedicated to those who love to or – because of their limited time – must observe the sky at a moment’s notice, whether from the comfort of a backyard or while on business or vacation far from home. Everything you need to know is here. So get started!.

About the authors

Dr. Neil English has a BSc in Physics and Astronomy, and also a PhD in Biochemistry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a regular contributor to Astronomy Now (the UK’s major astronomy magazine), as well as to Ireland's Astronomy & Space. Neil’s astronomical images have been published in various magazines and journals, including a full page in the June 2006 issue of Astronomy. Neil has, and continues to, make contributions to Cloudy Nights in the form of several detailed telescope reviews. He is the author of Guide to Mars (Pole Star Publications, 2003) and he has a number of books published by Springer, including Classic Telescopes, Choosing and Using a Refracting Telescope and Choosing and Using a Dobsonian Telescope. Neil currently has (among other instruments) a large 12-inch Dobsonian, which he uses on the darkest, steadiest nights at his home in rural Scotland.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $29.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4939-0826-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $39.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4939-0825-7
  • 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
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Grab 'n' Go Astronomy
Authors
Series Title
The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4939-0826-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4939-0826-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-0825-7
Series ISSN
1431-9756
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 245
Number of Illustrations and Tables
17 b/w illustrations, 127 illustrations in colour
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