This book is for a person with an advanced interest in the science of Astronomy with a knack for woodworking. I find the book to be a guide on how to do real science with you backyard telescope. There are enough double stars and other objects to make the book worth while from my front sidewalk. The more read the book the more I like it. The maps are easy to read. Oh yes, you can see many of these Messier objects with your ETX some with the naked eye at dark sites as many observers have noted in the user feedback section of this site. This is a good book for beginners and even long time amateur astronomers will find some of the information useful.
A complete manual of amateur astronomy : tools and techniques for astronomical observations
You can scrutinize existing designs and improve them to meet your own standards. There are also "signpost stars" which one ought to learn. Publisher: Dover Publications , There is something for everyone. In over pages Rod covers a lot of territory and sky. Taken in total, it is an optical design book, but written in such a way that amateur astronomers will find it of value whatever their level of interest, and the person seriously interested in design will find it a godsend. The next on "Finding Directions in the Sky", a worthwhile topic for newcomers to amateur astronomy, which goes into the geometry of the sky.
Stan Mott Astronomy Book Library | Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
What are the tradeoffs? At the back of the book is an excellent index of lunar formations, giving each feature's exact position on the relevant drawing. Telescope Optics provides a comprehensive analysis of practically any type of telescope an amateur would use for visual observation or photography. This new Dover edition is a reprint of that book. He also discovered four naked eye novae and made a habit of checking up on some old novae that still varied and occasionally had recurrent outbursts. Seller Inventory M