Choosing and Using a New CAT: Getting the Most from Your Schmidt Cassegrain or Any Catadioptric…

Paperback | December 12, 2008

byRod Mollise

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Choosing and Using the New CAT will supercede the author's successful Choosing and Using a Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope, which has enjoyed enthusiastic support from the amateur astronomy community for the past seven years.Since the first book was published, a lot has changed in the technology of amateur astronomy. The sophistication and variety of the telescopes available to amateurs has increased dramatically. Computerized SCTs, Maksutov-Cassegrains, and most recently Meade's new and acclaimed Ritchey-Chrétiens have come to dominate the market. That means that all amateurs considering the purchase of a new telescope (not only a SCT, and not just beginners) will benefit from this detailed guide. Choosing the right telescope for particular kinds of observation (or even for general work) is far from easy - but Rod Mollise gives invaluable advice and guidance.Today's commercially-made astronomical telescopes are more complex than ever, and a new owner will swiftly discover that the manuals shipped with these telescopes leave much to be desired. Further guidance is a must. Choosing and Using the New CAT provides the missing information in a friendly but authoritative fashion, including imaging the solar system and deep space with the CCD cameras, video, and webcams that have almost completely supplanted 'film' cameras.

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Choosing and Using the New CAT will supercede the author's successful Choosing and Using a Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope, which has enjoyed enthusiastic support from the amateur astronomy community for the past seven years.Since the first book was published, a lot has changed in the technology of amateur astronomy. The sophistication an...

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Catadioptric telescopes (CATs), such as the Schmidt Cassegrains, are increasingly popular with today's amateur astronomers and are capable of showing even the novice observer thousands of beautiful deep space wonders. Modern CATs, though, have become increasingly reliant on computers. This allows them to automatically point to and trac...

Rod Mollise is a test engineer for Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, and is affiliated to the University of South Alabama (Part Time Faculty (Physics Department)). He is the author of Choosing and Using a Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope (Springer), The Urban Astronomer's Guide (Springer), Introduction to Astronomy: Activities (University ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.04 inPublished:December 12, 2008Publisher:SpringerLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387097716

ISBN - 13:9780387097718

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Table of Contents

Introduction.- What's a CAT?- Why a CAT [Catadioptric Telescope]?- Inside a CAT: the different designs.- Which CAT? The Buyer's Guide.- The Out-of-Box Experience.-Accessories for Your CAT.- From That Very First Night: Setup and Checkout.- Computer-assistance: mastering "go-to", GPS, and other complications.- The Care and Feeding of a CAT: Maintenance and set-up.- Observing with a CAT: from the Moon to the Quasars.- The Digital CAT: Deep Sky and Planetary Imaging.- Index.- Appendices.

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From the reviews:"This book covers a huge subject: catadioptric telescopes. . It's an invaluable resource describing what equipment is available, including Schmidt-and Maksutov-Cassegrains and their Newtonian variants. . Mollise includes details of brands such as Sky-Watcher and Orion Optics, increasing the book's value to a wider audience. . overall this is an enjoyable and very informative book . ." (Steve Richards, Sky at Night Magazine, September, 2009)"If you frequent online discussion areas for astronomical assistance or amusement, you've no doubt seen a message or 20 from 'Uncle Rod' Mollise. . His latest book tackles one of his favorite subjects: the compact . powerful catadioptric telescope (a 'CAT'), which comes in Schmidt-Cassegrain, Maksutov, and Ritchey-Chrétien configurations. . Mollise walks you through everything you need to know about these scopes . you can make an informed decision to buy one and operate it effectively." (Sky & Telescope, April, 2009)