Grab 'n' Go Astronomy Book

Grab 'n' Go Astronomy Book

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Model:  sprgr_9781493908257
Part Number:  9781493908257

Grab 'n' Go Astronomy

Authors: English, Neil

  • Written for any amateur astronomer who wants to "grab and go" with a small portable telescope 
  • Includes plenty of activities for both urban and rural observers 
  • Provides descriptive and realistic observing information 
  • Contains tips on the must useful accessories for observing

Like everyone else, most amateur astronomers live busy lives. After a long day, the last thing you want as an observer is to have to lug out a large telescope and spend an hour getting it ready before it can be used. Maybe you are going somewhere sure to have dark skies, but you don’t necessarily want astronomy to dominate the trip. Or you are not quite committed to owning a large telescope, but curious enough to see what a smaller, portable setup can accomplish. These are times when a small “grab ’n’ go” telescope, or even a pair of binoculars, is the ideal instrument. And this book can guide you in choosing and best utilizing that equipment.

What makes a telescope fall into the “grab ’n’ go” category? That’s easy – speed of setting up, ease of use, and above all, portability. This ambitious text is dedicated to those who love to or – because of their limited time – must observe the sky at a moment’s notice. Whether observing from the comfort of a backyard or while on business or vacation far from home, everything you need to know is here. So get started!! 

Surveys the pros and cons of the various types of equipment, including accessories and mounts, that are available.

Advises how to use your grab ’n’ go telescope to visit a wealth and wide variety of objects, from solar, lunar and planetary observing to hunting deep sky objects of all kinds.

About the authors

Dr. Neil English has a BSc in Physics and Astronomy, and also a PhD in Biochemistry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a regular contributor to Astronomy Now (the UK’s major astronomy magazine), as well as to Ireland's Astronomy & Space. Neil’s astronomical images have been published in various magazines and journals, including a full page in the June 2006 issue of Astronomy. Neil has, and continues to, make contributions to Cloudy Nights in the form of several detailed telescope reviews. He is the author of Guide to Mars (Pole Star Publications, 2003) and he has a number of books published by Springer, including Classic Telescopes, Choosing and Using a Refracting Telescope and Choosing and Using a Dobsonian Telescope. Neil currently has (among other instruments) a large 12-inch Dobsonian, which he uses on the darkest, steadiest nights at his home in rural Scotland.


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Grab ‘n’ Go Astronomy Book
19 June 2021  | 

Another great book in the Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy book series. As usual, Neil English does an excellent job with an easy to follow writing style. There are numerous illustrations, photographs and sketches that support the various topics with many in full colour. With the increasing popularity of ‘grab n go’ astronomy this is a very timely publication. Not only good for the aspiring beginner astronomer but is a good read for the more advanced amateur astronomer. The various types of appropriate telescopes and eyepieces and associated equipment are discussed along with tips for observing. The seasonal subjects covered will delight most astronomers and provide a good base for the beginner. Fortunately, it is not really necessary to read the book from cover to cover but rather to pick your topics at leisure. As usual, FLO provided excellent and prompt friendly service.



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