The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series

The NexStar User’s Guide

Authors: Swanson, Michael

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  • The first book dedicated exclusively to the NexStar range of telescopes Everything you need to know about using and maintaining NexStar telescopes. Includes a guide to buying the most suitable model The alignment process, critical to accurate "go to” work, is described in full detail Explains how to use lap-top computers or PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) to enhance the NexStar’s features.

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About this book

Celestron’s NexStar telescopes were introduced in 1999, beginning with their first computer controlled "go to” model, a 5-inch. More models appeared in quick succession, and Celestron’s new range made it one of the two dominant manufacturers of affordable "go to” telescopes. Michael Swanson’s online discussions with literally thousands of NexStar owners made it clear that there was a desperate need for a book such as this - one that provides a complete, detailed guide to buying, using and maintaining NexStar telescopes. Although this book is highly comprehensive, it is suitable for beginners - there is a chapter on "Astronomy Basics” - and experts alike.

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SKY & TELESCOPE (DECEMBER 2004)

"I knew all I needed to know about my scope, didn’t I? … The NexStar User’s Guide by Michael Swanson answers that question with a resounding No." … Swanson includes thorough, model-specific descriptions of the all the telescope functions, care and maintenance, accessories, and numerous advanced topics. You’ll find advice on how to fine-tune your alignment so that a new target will fall within the eyepiece’s field of view every time you slew. I used to be pleased if that happened two or three times in a night. And are you tormented by backlash? Do you hit the hand paddle’s arrow keys to nudge the aim and have to count to four before the scope actually moves? I was vaguely aware that my 8-inch had backlash compensation settings, but I had never bothered trying to adjust them. And now? Oh, the joy of (almost) backlash-free observing! I was surprised by the difference these small improvements made in the pleasure of my observing experience. Besides owning two NexStars, Swanson’s major credential for writing this book is his NexStar Resource Site (www.nexstarsite.com), which is the precursor to the Guide … The author suggests, and I concur, that the book and the Web site be used in tandem. … [The book’s] true advantage comes from its friendly approach and sound advice based on the personal experiences of the author and other avid NexStar users."


Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-8

    Swanson, Michael W.

  • Astronomy Basics

    Pages 9-45

    Swanson, Michael W.

  • Overview of the NexStar Line

    Pages 47-68

    Swanson, Michael W.

  • Alignment

    Pages 69-86

    Swanson, Michael W.

  • Basic Operation

    Pages 87-102

    Swanson, Michael W.

Buy this book

eBook $24.99
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  • ISBN 978-0-85729-418-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The NexStar User’s Guide
Authors
Series Title
The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London
eBook ISBN
978-0-85729-418-0
DOI
10.1007/978-0-85729-418-0
Series ISSN
1431-9756
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 296
Number of Illustrations
565 b/w illustrations
Topics