The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series

Astronomy for Older Eyes

A Guide for Aging Backyard Astronomers

Authors: Chen, James L.

  • Addresses the concerns of aging amateur observers needing to adjust the hobby to suit their altered circumstances
  • Introduces newly retired seniors to the amazing hobby of amateur astronomy, with advice specifically geared toward their situation
  • Includes practical advice on the best telescopes and eyepieces for aging observers as well as suggestions for how to modify viewing sessions
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About this book

This book is for the aging amateur astronomy population, including newcomers to astronomy in their retirement and hobbyists who loved peering through a telescope as a child. Whether a novice or an experienced observer, the practice of astronomy differs over the years. This guide will extend the enjoyment of astronomy well into the Golden Years by addressing topics such as eye and overall health issues, recommendations on telescope equipment, and astronomy-related social activities especially suited for seniors.

Many Baby-Boomers reaching retirement age are seeking new activities, and amateur astronomy is a perfect fit as a leisure time activity. Established backyard astronomers who began their love of astronomy in their youth, meanwhile, may face many physical and mental challenges in continuing their lifelong hobby as they age beyond their 55th birthdays. That perfect telescope purchased when they were thirty years old now suddenly at sixty years old feels like an immovable object in the living room. The 20/20 eyesight has given way to reading glasses or bifocals. Treasured eyepieces feel all wrong.  

Growing old is a natural process of life, but astronomy is timeless. With a little knowledge and some lifestyle adjustments, older astronomers can still enjoy backyard observing well into their seventies, eighties and even into their nineties.

About the authors

Author – James Chen: Retired Department of the Navy and Federal Aviation Administration Radar and Surveillance Systems Engineer.  Guest lecturer at local Washington DC/Northern Virginia/Maryland astronomy clubs on amateur astronomy topics of eyepiece design and optical filters.  Author of a short Astronomy Magazine article on Dobsonian telescope design November 1989. Served as a sales consultant to two Washington DC area telescope stores for over 30 years.

Graphics Designer - Adam Chen: Former Program Manager of media support for NASA Headquarters in Washington DC. Creator and executive producer of major NASA publications, including the book and web-book application documenting the history of the Space Shuttle Program “Celebrating 30 Years of the Space Shuttle Program”.  Currently works in marketing for Brown Advisory, an investment firm in Baltimore, MD.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Amateur Astronomy and Its Aging Practitioners

    Chen, James L. (et al.)

    Pages 1-6

  • Why Astronomy?

    Chen, James L. (et al.)

    Pages 7-20

  • Keeping Healthy, Active, and Backyard Astronomy

    Chen, James L. (et al.)

    Pages 21-35

  • Older Eyes, Cataracts, Lasik and Laser Eye Surgery

    Chen, James L. (et al.)

    Pages 37-54

  • Telescope Equipment and Growing Older

    Chen, James L. (et al.)

    Pages 55-87

Buy this book

eBook n/a
  • ISBN 978-3-319-52413-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Softcover n/a
  • ISBN 978-3-319-52412-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Astronomy for Older Eyes
Book Subtitle
A Guide for Aging Backyard Astronomers
Authors
Series Title
The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-52413-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-52413-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-52412-2
Series ISSN
1431-9756
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 236
Number of Illustrations and Tables
30 b/w illustrations, 106 illustrations in colour
Topics