The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series

Choosing and Using a New CAT

Getting the Most from Your Schmidt Cassegrain or Any Catadioptric Telescope

Authors: Mollise, Rod

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  • From the authoritative bestselling author on Schmidt Cassegrain telescopes
  • Includes fully revised information on technology and software systems developed in the last 10 years
  • Covers how to understand, purchase, and use CATs
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About this book

Catadioptric telescopes (CATs) such as the Schmidt Cassegrains remain popular among amateur astronomers for their ability to reveal thousands of beautiful deep-space wonders. Additionally, their computer-assisted capabilities allow them to automatically point to and track celestial objects, making astronomy accessible to more people than ever before. However, selecting the right one and learning how to use it can be difficult for stargazers both old and new. 

That’s where this book comes in. The first edition, published in 2009, has remained the standard reference for mastering these popular instruments. This revised edition brings the material completely up to date, with several extensively rewritten chapters covering the most recent developments in telescope and camera equipment as well as computer software.

Through the author’s 45 years of experience with catadioptric telescopes, readers will learn to decide which catadioptric telescope is right for them, to choose a specific make and model, and finally, to use the telescope in the field. Covered in other chapters are: Solar System and deep-sky observations; astrophotography and computer control of CATs; and troubleshooting and maintaining your equipment.

If you dream of owning a telescope or are frustrated by the telescope you already own, this is the book for you!

 


About the authors

Rod Mollise, a Contributing Editor at Sky and Telescope magazine, is familiar to amateur astronomers as the author of numerous books and magazine articles on every aspect of astronomy, amateur and professional. He is most well known for his books on Schmidt Cassegrain Telescopes, SCTs, and especially his authoritative first edition of Choosing and Using a New CAT (Springer), which has become the standard reference for these instruments.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Why a CAT?

    Pages 1-12

    Mollise, Rod

  • What’s a CAT?

    Pages 13-20

    Mollise, Rod

  • Inside a CAT

    Pages 21-44

    Mollise, Rod

  • Which CAT?

    Pages 45-121

    Mollise, Rod

  • Making Friends with a CAT

    Pages 123-136

    Mollise, Rod

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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
Softcover $34.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Choosing and Using a New CAT
Book Subtitle
Getting the Most from Your Schmidt Cassegrain or Any Catadioptric Telescope
Authors
Series Title
The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-39777-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-39777-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-39776-0
Series ISSN
1431-9756
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
X, 345
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations, 78 illustrations in colour
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