Astronomy The Complete Manual

Astronomy The Complete Manual

Astronomy The Complete Manual

Astronomy The Complete Manual brings you everything you need to know to view the wonders of the night sky. From the basics such as setting up a telescope, reading star charts and using binoculars, through to star hopping, these guides will help you learn all the essential techniques. Whether you want to view Andromeda, the Galilean moons, meteor showers or craters on the moon, we'll tell you where to look and what to look for. Featuring: Astronomy essentials - Choose the right telescope and get all the equipment you need. Get started - Top tips for your first night and learn how to star hop. Seasonal guides - See what's in the sky all year round. What to observe - Guides to help you find the most incredible night sky sights.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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which is the right mount for me?

With a wide variety on the market, combined with the different types and brands of telescopes available you can cut out the guesswork by considering the budget you have and the types of objects that you’re planning to observe. If you are looking for a quick and easy-to-use mount, then some form of alt-azimuth would probably suit you best. However, if time is an issue for you, avoid the more sophisticated instruments with computer drive systems, as these can take longer to set up. Alt-azimuth mounts are mostly suited to simple shots of the Moon. To get the very best shots you’ll need an equatorial mount, which follows the rotation of the sky. While these mounts tend to be larger, heavier and require more effort to set up in comparison with an…

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observe the milky way

Our galaxy is replete with iconic historical monuments, relatively young creations, and some quirky curiosities. Naturally we consider a handful of these to be the absolute best for observers and photographers, just as we do with the Colosseum, Forum and St Peter’s in Rome, for which holidaymakers have plenty of information available to get clued up on before they travel. There’s an entire industry surrounding the research and sale of travel guides for Earth, but what if intergalactic tourism was viable? Suppose we astronomers could tour the universe and sample different skies. If travel-writers visited us from another galaxy, say the neighbouring Andromeda spiral, what might they pick for their absolute must-see objects? Unfortunately our perspective on the galaxy is limited, some of it is completely hidden from us but if…

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your astronomy glossary

A Accretion disk A circular disk of stellar matter that has been captured by a large celestial body, such as a sun or black hole. Achromatic A lens that receives light without splitting it into its constituent colours. The opposite is apochromatic, which splits light into red, blue and green.. Altazimuth This refers to a telescope mount that moves both vertically (azimuth) and horizontally (altitude). Aperture The diameter of a telescope’s front lens or main mirror, usually stated in inches or mm. Apparition For any given object in the night sky, the annual window in which it’s visible is known as the apparition. For latitude sufficiently far from the equator, there are objects that have no apparition, but are always visible. For everything else, there is a date at which it begins to appear and a date after which it…