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The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series

The NexStar Evolution and SkyPortal User's Guide

Authors: Chen, James L., Chen, Adam

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  • Focuses on one of the latest computerized Go-To mounts and provides context for this advancement
  • Enables the backyard astronomer to align and operate a Celestron Evolution mount comfortably and locate the planets and deep sky objects with confidence  
  • Covers one of the only WiFi capable telescope systems
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About this book

This book serves as a comprehensive guide for using a Nexstar Evolution mount with WiFi SkyPortal control, walking the reader through the process for aligning and operating the system from a tablet or smartphone. The next generation Go-To mount from Celestron, this is compatible not only with the Nextstar Evolution but also with older mounts. It is the ideal resource for anyone who owns, or is thinking of owning, a Nexstar Evolution telescope, or adapting their existing Celestron mount. Pros and cons of the system are thoroughly covered with a critical depth that addresses any possible question by users.
Beginning with a brief history of Go-To telescopes and the genesis of this still new technology, the author covers every aspect of the newly expanding capability in observing. This includes the associated Sky Portal smartphone and tablet application, the transition from the original Nexstar GoTo system to the new SkyPortal system, the use of the Sky Portal application with its Sky Safari 4 basic software and Celestron WiFi adaptations, and discussions on the use of SkyPortal application using the Celestron adapter on older Celestron mounts. Comments and recommendations for equipment enable the reader to successfully use and appreciate the new WiFi capability without becoming overwhelmed. Extensively illustrated using actual screenshots from the program interface, this is the only guide to the Nextstar SkyPortal an observer will need.

About the authors

             Author – James Chen: Retired Department of the Navy and Federal Aviation Administration Radar and Surveillance Systems Engineer.  Former Program Manager for Advanced Navigation and Positioning Corporation.  Guest lecturer at local Washington DC/Northern Virginia/Maryland astronomy clubs on amateur astronomy topics of eyepiece design, optical filters, urban and suburban  astronomy, and lunar observing.  Author of an Astronomy Magazine article on Dobsonian telescope design in November 1989 issue, and contributor to Astronomy Technology Today magazine.  First book, published in June 2014 by Springer, entitled How to Find the Apollo Landings Sites.  Second book entitled A Guide to the Hubble Space Telescope Objects, is also available from Springer.  Third book entitled The Vixen Star Book User Guide, is also available from Springer.  Served as a part-time technical and sales consultant for 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”.  Served as graphics designer for all three James L. Chen books.  Currently works in marketing for Brown Advisory, an investment firm in Baltimore, MD.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • A Brief History of Computerized Telescope Mounts for Amateurs

    Pages 1-5

    Chen, James L. (et al.)

  • A Review of Celestron GoTo Computerized Telescopes

    Pages 7-25

    Chen, James L. (et al.)

  • Introduction to the Celestron NexStar Evolution and SkyPortal App

    Pages 27-34

    Chen, James L. (et al.)

  • Basic Operation of the Celestron NexStar Evolution and SkyPortal App

    Pages 35-73

    Chen, James L. (et al.)

  • Basic Operation of the Celestron NexStar Evolution and NexStar+ Hand Control

    Pages 75-112

    Chen, James L. (et al.)

Buy this book

eBook $29.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-32539-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $37.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-32538-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Immediate ebook access, if available*, with your print order
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The NexStar Evolution and SkyPortal User's Guide
Authors
Series Title
The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-32539-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-32539-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-32538-5
Series ISSN
1431-9756
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 219
Number of Illustrations
14 b/w illustrations, 153 illustrations in colour
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