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The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
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My Heavens!

The Adventures of a Lonely Stargazer Building an Over-the-Top Observatory

Authors: Rogers, Gordon

  • Describes how to set up a high class amateur observatory
  • Written by a qualified building surveyor, it looks at the planning, building and construction from a professional viewpoint
  • For those with more modest ambitions, the book offers many hints, tips and design features for smaller observatories
  • Points out the pitfalls to beware of!
  • Gives an overview of deep sky imaging – not an expert tutorial, but a first-hand guide from novice to experienced observer
  • Adds some entertaining vignettes of members of the world amateur astronomical fraternity
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About this book

Perhaps you are already a stargazer using a small telescope you bring out to your back yard on clear nights. Perhaps you have a larger telescope that is mounted outside and protected from inclement weather. Perhaps you just dream of someday owning a fancy telescope set-up and turning it skyward to view the neighboring planets and moons of the Solar System or the stars that wink at you from millions of miles away.

Whether you might want to undertake building an over-the-top dome observatory yourself or not, you are sure to enjoy this informative tale by Gordon Rogers, told with humor and humility, of his torturous but ultimately rewarding experience with building for himself, attached to his own home, a fancy and sophisticated dome observatory, just for the pleasure of sky watching on beautiful nights (of which there are far too few in England!). Read about all the thinking and planning that went into this venture, and the options considered and rejected. Read about the choices and mistakes made along the way. Finally, read and discover the joys of sky watching using state-of-the-art equipment, and share in the author’s frustrations and triumphs as he completed this project of a lifetime.

About the authors

Gordon Rogers lives in England. He is a qualified building surveyor, a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors as well as a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. His beautiful deep-sky images regularly appear in the astronomical magazines. He contributed a chapter to More Small Observatories, by Sir Patrick Moore (Springer, 2002). He lives in what is probably the only traditional English part-thatched cottage to feature an observatory dome!

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Why Astronomy?

    Pages 1-6

  • Aperture Fever

    Pages 7-14

  • What Type of Observatory?

    Pages 15-18

  • Town and County Planning

    Pages 19-21

  • Construction

    Pages 23-50

Buy this book

eBook $24.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-0-387-73783-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $34.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-0-387-73781-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
My Heavens!
Book Subtitle
The Adventures of a Lonely Stargazer Building an Over-the-Top Observatory
Authors
Series Title
The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-73783-6
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-73783-6
Softcover ISBN
978-0-387-73781-2
Series ISSN
1431-9756
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 180
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