By Stephen Tonkin (auth.), Stephen F. Tonkin BSc, FRAS (eds.)
Small telescopes have much to suggest them.
Cost is naturally a attention, yet their so much confident characteristic is sheer portability. a few brands have attempted to make huge telescopes extra moveable (with combined success), however the contrary technique, that of creating small telescopes more suitable, is what this e-book is all about.
Good 2-inch (60mm) telescopes are actually on hand for novices, and significant American brands now provide small, cheap computer-controlled tools which are able to fabulous results.
Stephen Tonkin has accumulated the adventure of clients of small telescopes to supply an perception into simply what's attainable - for rookies to astronomy or skilled observers who easily are looking to use a small, quite transportable telescope.
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Stars at the edge of the field of the 2Smm are anything but pinpoints. The telescope star-tested very well, producing nicely circular Airy disks. Diffraction disks were purple when the focuser was racked inside of focus and yellow outside of focus. After buying a generic 90° star diagonal I was more than ready to chase the Moon's shadow. I elected to view the solar eclipse from a cruise ship, the MS Veendam. On clear nights I had the opportunity to observe many of the best deep-sky objects of the southern hemisphere.
51 In September of 1999 I had the opportunity to observe from atop the 1483 m (4863 ft) summit of Spruce Knob, the highest mountain in West Virginia. 8 Starsplitter Dob to very good use that night, but I didn't neglect my trusty ShortTube. 7. The Orion Nebula (M42 and M43) : a 2-minute piggybocked exposure on Kodok Gold Mox 400 film, Pentox KlOOO, September II, 1999. ShortTube piggybacked on my friend Sandy Goodstein's Celestron Ultima 8 Schmidt-Cassegrain. During a Messier marathon that I undertook on the night of March 31, 2000, I easily logged 45 Messier objects using my ShortTube 80 under the very dark skies of Cherry Springs State Park in Potter County, Pennsylvania.
The Pipe Nebula (Barnard 59, Barnard 65-67), a dark nebula in Ophiuchus, looked just fantastic through my ShortTube 80. This was by far my best view ever of this fascinating absorption nebula. The eclipse began in the late morning of February 26, 1998. I was positioned forward on the Veendam's promenade deck; my ShortTube 80 and 35mm SLR camera stood ready on separate tripods. I had decided to view the eclipse through the ShortTube 80 and to take a few photographs through a 200mm telephoto lens.