Choosing and Using a New CAT: Getting the Most from Your Schmidt Cassegrain or Any Catadioptric Telescope by Rod MolliseChoosing and Using a New CAT: Getting the Most from Your Schmidt Cassegrain or Any Catadioptric Telescope by Rod Mollise

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

byRod Mollise

Paperback | December 12, 2008

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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.

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 ...
Title:Choosing and Using a New CAT: Getting the Most from Your Schmidt Cassegrain or Any Catadioptric…Format:PaperbackDimensions:335 pagesPublished:December 12, 2008Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387097716

ISBN - 13:9780387097718

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Table of Contents

Why a CAT?.- What's a CAT?.- Inside a CAT.- Which CAT?.- Making Friends with a CAT.- Accessorizing a CAT.- CAT.- Enjoying a CAT.- Care and Feeding of a CAT.- Computerizing a CAT.- Taking Pictures with a CAT.- Choosing and Using a New CAT.- Keeping the Passion Alive.

Editorial Reviews

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)