Preface.- Part I: Background.- Chapter 1: Introducing the Astronomical Eyepiece.- Chapter 2: Choosing Eyepieces and Observing Strategies.- Chapter 3: Eyepieces for Celestial Targets and Accessories.- Chapter 4: Popular Eyepieces by AFOV Class.- Chapter 5: Advice from the Amateur Astronomer Community.- Part II: Desk Reference of Astronomical Eyepieces.- Chapter 6: How to Use This Guide.- Chapter 7: Agena to Docter.- Chapter 8: Edmund Scientific to Nikon.- Chapter 9: Olivon to Surplus Shed.- Chapter 10: Takahashi to Zooming Eyepieces.- Appendix A: Formulas and Optical Design Data.- Appendix B: Eyepiece Performance Classes.- Appendix C: Glossary of Terms.- Index.
A valuable reference that fills a number of niches including that of a buyer's guide, technical desk reference and observer's field guide. It documents the past market and its evolution, right up to the present day. In addition to appealing to practical astronomers - and potentially saving them money - it is useful both as a historical reference and as a detailed review of the current market place for this bustling astronomical consumer product.
What distinguishes this book from other publications on astronomy is the involvement of observers from all aspects of the astronomical community, and also the major manufacturers of equipment. It not only catalogs the technical aspects of the many modern eyepieces but also documents amateur observer reactions and impressions over the years, using many different eyepieces.
Eyepieces are the most talked-about accessories and collectible items available to the amateur astronomer. No other item of equipment commands such vigorous debate, or has evolved into such a remarkable array of forms and functions. 'Choosing and Using Astronomical Eyepieces' provides a vast amount of reference material to point readers towards the best buys and the right eyepieces for different kinds of observing.
Describes everything you need to know about eyepieces for your telescope in one title
Contains a list of sources for discontinued eyepieces that will help the reader find the very best available on the market
Includes 150 black and white drawings and 30 color photographs of eyepieces