The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series

Building and Using Binoscopes

Authors: Butler, Norman P.

  • 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
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About this book

Provides easy to understand information and guidelines about the design and construction of binoscopes 

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.

About the authors

Norman P. Butler is an award winning telescope creator and published writer of telescope-building articles, some of which have appeared in popular astronomy magazines and books. A graduate of San Diego City College, Norman holds a Master’s degree in physics and astronomy. After serving in the US Navy for many years as an Opticalman, he worked for AVCO Everett Research Laboratory at Haleakala Observatory, Maui, building electro-optical equipment for use on a 1.6M and dual 1.2M telescopes. While there he also performed core measurement studies on the supermassive galaxy M-87, as well as additional galactic studies and stellar scintillation measurements. Later on Butler went on to teach at the university level in Shenzhen, China, before retiring in 2011 to the island of Saipan in the Northern Marianas. Butler has received the Engineering Merit Award and Warren Estes Memorial Award, both for homemade binoscopes that he designed and built.

Reviews

“The book is a valuable addition to Springer’s Practical Astronomy series authorized by the late Sir Patrick Moore, and makes a genuine contribution to the ‘how-to’ literature of amateur astronomy. In its ten chapters, Binoscopes rambles cheerfully through the whys and wherefores of binocular telescopes … . I would certainly recommend this book to any amateur astronomer keen to explore the possibilities offered by doubling up their telescopes, and I hope it does well.” (Fred Watson, The Observatory, Vol. 136 (1253), August, 2016)


Table of contents (11 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $24.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-07689-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $34.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-07688-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Building and Using Binoscopes
Authors
Series Title
The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-07689-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-07689-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-07688-1
Series ISSN
1431-9756
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 342
Number of Illustrations and Tables
70 b/w illustrations, 260 illustrations in colour
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