Star Ware: The Amateur Astronomer's Guide to Choosing, Buying, and Using Telescopes and Accessories

By Philip S. Harrington

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""Star Ware continues to be a travel de strength that any skilled beginner will locate useful, and which hardware-minded newbies will completely enjoy.""

- Robert Burnham, Sky & Telescope magazine

""Star Ware condenses among covers what would typically take a telescope purchaser many months to accumulate.""

- John Shibley, Astronomy magazine

Whether you are buying your first telescope or your 5th, do not be shocked when you consider crushed by way of the wonderful array of product offerings, bells and whistles, and the literature that describes all of them. that is why you would like superstar Ware.

In this revised and up-to-date Fourth variation of the fundamental advisor to evaluating and choosing sky-watching gear, award-winning astronomy author Philip Harrington takes you telescope purchasing the straightforward manner. He analyzes and explains trendy astronomy industry and compares manufacturers and types aspect by means of aspect. famous person Ware delivers the arrogance you must purchase the telescope and add-ons which are best for you and the information to get the main from your new buy, with:
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Extensive, multiplied studies of major versions and accessories-including dozens of latest products
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A transparent, step by step consultant to each point of choosing telescopes, binoculars, filters, mounts, lenses, cameras, movie, megastar charts, publications and references, and masses more
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Ten new homemade tasks for construction your individual astronomical equipment
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Easy pointers on developing, utilizing, and taking care of telescopes and different astronomical equipment
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Lists of the place to discover every little thing astronomical, together with sites and assets; vendors, purchasers, and conventions; and company listings for items and services

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To See the Unseen: A History of Planetary Radar Astronomy - A Comprehensive History of Radar Observations of Venus, Mars, Comets, Asteroids, the Magellan Mission, Arecibo Observatory (NASA SP-4218)

This legitimate NASA historical past rfile - switched over for actual flowing-text publication layout replica - presents a entire medical and administration background of planetary radar astronomy, with the tale of radar observations from Earth of Mars, Venus, comets, and asteroids, in addition to the profitable project of Magellan to map Venus.

The earlier 50 years have introduced ahead a special potential to behavior study and extend clinical wisdom of the sunlight process by utilizing radar to behavior planetary astronomy. This expertise comprises the aiming of a gently managed radio sign at a planet (or another sunlight procedure goal, resembling a planetary satellite tv for pc, asteroid, or a hoop system), detecting its echo, and examining the knowledge that the echo carries.

This potential has contributed to the clinical wisdom of the sun method in basic methods. so much without delay, planetary radars can produce photographs of goal surfaces in a different way hidden from sight and will provide other forms of knowledge approximately goal floor positive aspects. Radar can even offer hugely exact measurements of a target's rotational and orbital motions. Such measurements are patently helpful for the navigation of sunlight procedure exploratory spacecraft, a important job of NASA considering that its inception in 1958.

Andrew J. Butrica has written a accomplished and illuminating background of this little-understood yet unusually major clinical self-discipline. particularly rigorous and systematic in its method, to determine the Unseen explores the improvement of the radar astronomy area of expertise within the higher neighborhood of scientists.

More than simply a dialogue of the advance of this box, besides the fact that, Butrica makes use of planetary radar astronomy as a automobile for knowing higher matters relative to the making plans and execution of "big technological know-how" by means of the government. His software of the "social development of technological know-how" and Kuhnian paradigms to planetary radar astronomy is a such a lot welcome and complex technique of making experience of the field's ancient improvement.

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Red Rover: Inside the Story of Robotic Space Exploration, from Genesis to the Mars Rover Curiosity

By Roger Wiens

In its eerie likeness to Earth, Mars has lengthy captured our imaginations—both as a vacation spot for humankind and as a potential domestic to extraterrestrial lifestyles. it's our twenty-first century New global; its explorers robots, shipped 350 million miles from Earth to discover the far-off planet’s secrets.

Its most up-to-date scout is Curiosity—a one-ton, Jeep-sized nuclear-powered house laboratory—which is now roving the Martian floor to figure out even if the purple planet has ever been bodily able to helping existence. In Red Rover, geochemist Roger Wiens, the crucial investigator for the ChemCam laser device at the rover and veteran of diverse robot NASA missions, tells the not going tale of his involvement in sending refined into house, culminating within the interest rover's striking trip to Mars.

In so doing, Wiens paints the portrait of 1 of the main interesting medical tales of our time: the hot period of robot house exploration. beginning with NASA’s creation of the invention application in 1992, scrappier, extra nimble missions grew to become the order of the day, as manned missions have been constrained to Earth orbit, and behemoth initiatives went extinct. This strategic shift awarded large medical possibilities, yet tight budgets intended that good fortune depended greater than ever on inventive engineering and human ingenuity. starting with the Genesis venture that introduced his occupation, Wiens describes the aggressive, DIY spirit of those robot companies, from perception to building, from release to heart-stopping crashes and tender landings.

An inspiring account of the real-life demanding situations of house exploration, Red Rover vividly narrates what is going into answering the query: is there lifestyles somewhere else within the universe?

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Decoding the Heavens: A 2,000-Year-Old Computer--and the Century-long Search to Discover Its Secrets

By Jo Marchant

In Decoding the Heavens, Jo Marchant tells for the 1st time the entire tale of the hundred-year quest to decipher the traditional Greek computing device referred to as the Antikythera Mechanism. alongside the way in which she reveals a various solid of exceptional characters and explores the deep roots of recent expertise in historic Greece and the medieval ecu and Islamic worlds. At its center, this can be an epic event and secret, a ebook that demanding situations our assumptions approximately know-how throughout the ages.

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Dark Side of the Moon: Wernher von Braun, the Third Reich, and the Space Race

By Wayne Biddle

A wonderful research of the roots of the 1st moon touchdown 40 years ago. This illuminating tale of the sunrise of the gap age reaches again to the reactionary modernism of the 3rd Reich, utilizing the lifetime of "rocket scientist" Wernher von Braun as its narrative direction throughout the crumbling of Weimar Germany and the increase of the Nazi regime. Von Braun, a blinkered opportunist who may observe merely tunnel imaginative and prescient to his meteoric occupation, stands as an archetype of myriad 20th century technologists who thrived lower than regimes of army secrecy and limitless funds. His seamless transformation from developer of the lethal V-2 ballistic missile for Hitler to an American star because the intended genius at the back of the golden years of the U.S. house software within the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties increases haunting questions on the tradition of the chilly struggle, the shared values of know-how in totalitarian and democratic societies, and the imperatives of fabric progress.

A ny instances ebook overview "Editor's Choice"

12 illustrations.

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Scientific Method in Ptolemy's Harmonics

By Andrew Barker

This publication examines, for the 1st time, the clinical strategies devised via Ptolemy (second century advert) for investigating the constructions underlying musical melody, a undertaking that he conceived as heavily relating to astronomy. Ptolemy's account of his tools is strangely particular, and he pursues them faithfully. through delivering an research of Ptolemy's refined theoretical gear, his concepts for integrating conception with remark, and his meticulous directions for the layout and behavior of experimental exams, the ebook bargains historians of technology a brand new starting-point for wider stories of old clinical procedure.

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Planets, Stars and Stellar Systems: Volume 3: Solar and Stellar Planetary Systems

This is quantity three of Planets, Stars and Stellar structures, a six-volume compendium of recent astronomical study protecting topics of key curiosity to the most fields of latest astronomy. This quantity on “Solar and Stellar Planetary platforms” edited via Linda French and Paul Kalas provides available evaluation chapters From Disks to Planets, Dynamical Evolution of Planetary Systems, The Terrestrial Planets, fuel and Ice big Interiors, Atmospheres of Jovian Planets, Planetary Magnetospheres, Planetary jewelry, an summary of the Asteroids and Meteorites, Dusty Planetary platforms and Exoplanet Detection equipment.

All chapters of the instruction manual have been written through practising execs. They contain enough historical past fabric and references to the present literature to permit readers to benefit sufficient a few uniqueness inside of astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology to start on their lonesome useful examine tasks. within the spirit of the sequence Stars and Stellar structures released via Chicago college Press within the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies, every one bankruptcy of Planets, Stars and Stellar structures can stand by itself as a basic evaluation of its respective sub-discipline, and every quantity can be utilized as a textbook or suggested reference paintings for complex undergraduate or postgraduate classes. complex scholars astronomers of their roles as either academics and researchers will welcome Planets, Stars and Stellar structures as a complete and pedagogical reference paintings on astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology.

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Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon

By Buzz Aldrin

40 years in the past, Buzz Aldrin turned the second one human, mins after Neil Armstrong, to set foot on a celestial physique except the Earth. the development continues to be one in every of mankind’s maximum achievements and was once witnessed by way of the biggest around the globe tv viewers in background. within the years in view that, thousands extra have had their Earth-centric standpoint unalterably replaced via the long-lasting photo of Aldrin status at the floor of the moon, the blackness of house in the back of him and his fellow explorer and the Eagle mirrored in his visor. Describing the alien global he used to be strolling upon, he uttered the phrases “magnificent desolation.” and because the astronauts later sat within the Eagle, ready to start their trip again domestic, understanding that they have been doomed except each method and half on board labored perfectly, it used to be Aldrin who spoke back to challenge Control’s clearance to take off with the quip, “Roger. comprehend. We’re #1 at the runway.”

The flight of Apollo eleven made Aldrin essentially the most well-known individuals on our planet, but few humans understand the remainder of this actual American hero’s tale. In Magnificent Desolation, Aldrin not just offers us a harrowing first-person account of the lunar touchdown that got here inside seconds of failure and the last word insider’s view of lifestyles as one of many superstars of America’s house application, he additionally opens up with impressive candor approximately his extra own trials–and eventual triumphs–back in the world. From the honor of being a part of the venture that fulfilled President Kennedy’s problem to arrive the moon ahead of the last decade used to be out, Aldrin lower back domestic to an Air strength profession stripped of objective or path, except as a public family members device that NASA placed to relentless use in a likely nonstop international travel. the dual demons of melancholy and alcoholism emerged–the first of which Aldrin faced early and publicly, and the second one of which he met with denial until eventually it approximately killed him. He burned via marriages, his Air strength profession got here to an inglorious finish, and he came across himself promoting autos for a dwelling while he wasn’t drunkenly wrecking them. Redemption got here whilst he ultimately embraced sobriety, won the affection of a lady, Lois, who may develop into the good pleasure of his lifestyles, and committed himself to being a tireless recommend for the way forward for house exploration–not merely as a systematic recreation but additionally as a thriving advertisement enterprise.

These days Buzz Aldrin is having fun with lifestyles with an enthusiasm that reminds us how a long way it truly is attainable for somebody to commute, actually and figuratively. As an event tale, a searing memoir of self-destruction and self-renewal, and as a visionary rallying cry to once more set our direction for Mars and past, Magnificent Desolation is the completely human tale of a real hero.

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How Apollo Flew to the Moon (Springer Praxis Books)

Stung through the pioneering house successes of the Soviet Union - particularly, Gagarin being the 1st guy in house, the us collected the easiest of its engineers and set itself the aim of attaining the Moon inside of a decade. In an increasing second variation of ways Apollo Flew to the Moon, David Woods tells the intriguing tale of ways the ensuing Apollo flights have been performed through following a digital flight to the Moon and its exploration of the skin. From release to splashdown, he hitches a trip within the marvelous spaceships that took males to a different global, exploring each one step of the adventure and detailing the large diversity of disciplines, concepts, and approaches the Apollo crews needed to grasp. whereas describing the great technological accomplishment concerned, he provides the human size through calling at the testimony of the folk who have been there on the time. He offers a wealth of interesting and available fabric: the position of the robust Saturn V, the reasoning in the back of trajectories, the day by day issues of human and spacecraft future health among worlds, the exploration of the lunar floor and the sheer bold fascinated about touring to the Moon and the mid-twentieth century. Given the great luck of the unique version of the way Apollo Flew to the Moon, the second one variation may have a brand new bankruptcy on floor actions, encouraged via reader's touch upon Amazon.com. there'll even be extra element within the present chapters to include all of the suggestions from the unique version, and should comprise higher illustrations.

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Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut

In 1978, the 1st workforce of area travel astronauts used to be brought to the area -- twenty-nine males and 6 girls who could hold NASA during the such a lot tumultuous years of the distance commute application. between them used to be USAF Colonel Mike Mullane, who, in his memoir Riding Rockets, strips the heroic veneer from the astronaut corps and paints them as they're -- human.

Mullane's stories of arrested improvement between army flyboys operating with feminist pioneers and post-doc scientists are often bawdy, frequently comical, and regularly exciting. He vividly portrays each point of the astronaut adventure, from telling a feminine technician which urine-collection condom dimension is a healthy to listening to "Taps" performed over a friend's grave. he's additionally brutally sincere in his feedback of a NASA management whose bungling could precipitate the Challenger catastrophe -- killing 4 participants of his workforce. A hilarious, heartfelt tale of lifestyles in all its fateful uncertainty, Riding Rockets will resonate lengthy after the decision of "Wheel stop."

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