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Practical Amateur Astronomy
How to Use a Computerized Telescope
Computerized telescopes have brought a revolution to amateur astronomy. The newtechnology has opened up observing to many who were previously daunted by thetask of learning the sky or using star charts. Finding an astronomical object becomes aquick operation with a computerized telescope, allowing more time for actualobservation of the heavens.
 How to Use a Computerized Telescope
is the first handbook that describes how to getyour computerized telescope up and running, and how to embark on a program ofobservation. It explains in detail how the sky moves, how your telescope tracks it, andhow to get the most out of any computerized telescope. Packed full of practical adviceand tips for troubleshooting, it translates the manufacturers’ technical jargon intoeasy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, as well as including many of the author’s triedand tested observing techniques. Early chapters explain how to test your telescope’soptics, choose eyepieces and accessories, take pictures through your telescope, anddiagnose operational problems. The second half of the book then gives detailedinstructions for three classic telescopes: the Meade LX200, Celestron NexStar 5 and 8,and Meade Autostar (ETX and LX90). Besides helping owners and would-bepurchasers of these models, the instructions also provide a basis of comparison forunderstanding newer telescopes.Amateur astronomers will find this book an invaluable source of information andadvice for getting started with a new computerized telescope. Concentrating mainly ontelescope operation and troubleshooting, it is the ideal companion to
Celestial Objects for Modern Telescopes,
also by Michael Covington, which provides the reader withsuggestions for interesting celestial objects to view and advice on how to observe them.
Michael Covington
, an avid amateur astronomer since age 12, has degrees inlinguistics from Cambridge and Yale Universities. He does research on computerprocessing of human languages at the University of Georgia, where his work won firstprize in the IBM Supercomputing Competition in 1990. His current research andconsulting areas include theoretical linguistics, natural language processing, logicprogramming, and microcontrollers. Although a computational linguist by profession,he is recognized as one of America’s leading amateur astronomers and is highlyregarded in the field. He is the author of several books, including the highly acclaimed
 Astrophotography for the Amateur
(1985; second edition 1999) and
Celestial Objects for Modern Telescopes
(2002), which are both published by Cambridge University Press.The author’s other pursuits include amateur radio, electronics, computers, ancientlanguages and literatures, philosophy, theology, and church work. He lives in Athens,Georgia, U.S.A., with his wife Melody and daughters Cathy and Sharon, and can bevisited on the Web at www.covingtoninnovations.com.

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