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Astronomy Hacks Język: 2


Cena Brutto: 135.66

Cena netto: 129.20

Wersja: Drukowana
Autor Barbara Fritchman Thompson
Liczba_stron 416
Wydawnictwo OReilly Media
Data_Wydania 2005-06-17
Poziom All Levels

Informacje podstawowe:

  • Wydawnictwo: O'Reilly Media
  • Data wydania: 17 czerwca 2005
  • Liczba stron: 416
  • Autor/autorzy:
    • Robert Bruce Thompson
    • Barbara Fritchman Thompson


Why use the traditional approach to study the stars when you can turn computers, handheld devices, and telescopes into out-of-this-world stargazing tools? Whether you're a first timer or an advanced hobbyist, you'll find Astronomy Hacks both useful and fun. From upgrading your optical finder to photographing stars, this book is the perfect cosmic companion.

This handy field guide covers the basics of observing, and what you need to know about tweaking, tuning, adjusting, and tricking out a 'scope. Expect priceless tips and tools for using a Dobsonian Telescope, the large-aperture telescope you can inexpensively build in your garage. Get advice on protocols involved with using electronics including in dark places without ruining the party.

Astronomy Hacks begins the space exploration by getting you set up with the right equipment for observing and admiring the stars in an urban setting. Along for the trip are first rate tips for making most of observations. The hacks show you how to:

  • Dark-Adapt Your Notebook Computer
  • Choose the Best Binocular
  • Clean Your Eyepieces and Lenses Safely
  • Upgrade Your Optical Finder
  • Photograph the Stars with Basic Equipment
The O'Reilly Hacks series has reclaimed the term "hacking" to mean innovating, unearthing, and creating shortcuts, gizmos, and gears. With these hacks, you don't dream it-you do it-and Astronomy Hacks brings space dreams to life. The book is essential for anyone who wants to get the most out of an evening under the stars and have memorable celestial adventures.

O autorze/autorach:

Robert Bruce Thompson

Robert Bruce Thompson is a coauthor of O'Reilly's Building the Perfect PC and PC Hardware in a Nutshell. A born geek, he built his first computer in 1976 with 256 bytes of memory, toggle switches, and no operating system. Since then, he has bought, built, upgraded, and repaired hundreds of PCs for himself, employers, customers, friends, and clients. Robert spends most clear, moonless nights outdoors with his 10-inch Dobsonian reflector telescope, hunting down faint fuzzies, and is currently designing a larger truss-tube Dobsonian (computerized, of course) that he plans to build.

View Robert Bruce Thompson's full profile page.

Barbara Fritchman Thompson

Barbara Fritchman Thompson, the coauthor of Building the Perfect PC and PC Hardware in a Nutshell, worked for 20 years as a librarian before starting her own home-based consulting practice, Research Solutions. She's also a researcher for the law firm Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge, & Rice, PLLC. During her leisure hours, Barbara reads, works out, plays golf, and, like Robert, is an avid amateur astronomer.

View Barbara Fritchman Thompson's full profile page.

Zawartość (spis treści):

  1. Chapter 1 Getting Started

    1. Hacks 1–10
    2. Don't Give Up
    3. Join an Astronomy Club
    4. Safety First
    5. Stay Warm
    6. Don't Violate Observing Site Etiquette
    7. Be Prepared
    8. Measure Your Entrance Pupil Size
    9. Choose the Best Binocular
    10. Choose the Best General-Purpose Telescope
    11. Equip Yourself for Urban Observing
  2. Chapter 2 Observing Hacks

    1. Hacks 11–32
    2. See in the Dark
    3. Protect Your Night Vision from Local Lights
    4. Describe the Brightness of an Object
    5. Identify Stars by Name
    6. Identify Stars by Catalog Designations
    7. Know Your Constellations
    8. Understand Celestial Coordinate Systems
    9. Print Custom Charts
    10. Keep Your Charts at the Eyepiece
    11. Locate Objects Geometrically
    12. Learn to Star Hop
    13. Learn to See DSOs
    14. Observe Shallow-Space Objects
    15. Slow Down, You Move Too Fast, You've Got to Make the Evening Last
    16. Learn Urban Observing Skills
    17. Sweep Constellations
    18. Maintain an Observing Notebook
    19. Develop an Organized Logging System
    20. Plan and Prepare for a Messier Marathon
    21. Run a Messier Marathon
    22. Photograph the Stars with Basic Equipment
    23. Discover and Name a New Planet
  3. Chapter 3 Scope Hacks

    1. Hacks 33–43
    2. Center-Spot Your Mirror
    3. Clean Your Primary Mirror
    4. Eliminate Astigmatism
    5. Eliminate Diffraction Spikes and Increase Contrast
    6. Build a Film Can Collimating Tool
    7. Tune Your Newtonian Reflector for Maximum Performance
    8. Collimate Your Primary Mirror Quickly and Accurately
    9. Star-Collimate Your Scope
    10. Counterweight a Dobsonian Scope
    11. Improve Dobsonian Motions with Milk Jug Washers
    12. Upgrade Your Dobsonian Bearings
  4. Chapter 4 Accessory Hacks

    1. Hacks 44–65
    2. Dark Adapt Your Notebook Computer
    3. Dark Adapt Your Vehicle
    4. Use a Barlow
    5. Determine Actual Barlow Magnification
    6. See More of the Sky
    7. Optimize Your Eyepiece Collection
    8. Chart Your Eyepiece Characteristics
    9. View Dim Objects in the Same Field as a Very Bright Object
    10. Clean Your Eyepieces and Lenses Safely
    11. Install a Unit-Power Finder
    12. Upgrade Your Optical Finder
    13. Align Your Finder
    14. Determine Your Optical Finder's Field of View
    15. Determine Your True Field of View
    16. Enhance Lunar and Planetary Contrast and Detail
    17. Enhance Nebular Contrast and Detail
    18. Please Be Seated
    19. Stash Your Gear in a Photographer's Vest or Fanny Pack
    20. Use a Voice Recorder for Logging
    21. Build or Buy an Equatorial Platform
    22. Make Your Computer Work for You
    23. Astronomy Software in the Palm of Your Hand
  1. Colophon

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