Re: [ap-ug] a newbie


Sep 12, 2000

 


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#2429 Sep 12, 2000

Hi all,

Even though I took a couple of semesters of astronomy in college way back in

Galileo's time, I'm new to modern astronomy and telescopes in general and

was wondering if anyone can recommend a good book (other than the two basic

magazines) on telescopes that can bring me up to speed on today's modern

telescopes or optics in general. I'm on the waiting list at Astro-Physics

and from what I understand, notification that a telescope is available is

being sent via a photon from Alpha Centauri. I would like to buy a decent

telescope for the interim, but don't want to spend really big bucks on a

temporary scope knowing in advance that A-P telescopes are not for the faint

of wallet. Any input will be appreciated.

Thanks



Ben Quiroz

Austin, Texas



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#2431 Sep 12, 2000

The only nit pick I had with the book, when I went through

the quiz to see what scope I should select, it didn't recommend

I get an APO refractor.



Rich





>Any of Phil Harrington's books are excellent for the newbies. They

>affrod accurate inofrmation on current and past telescope equipment. You

>should be able to make a decision for purchasing hold-me-over scope

>based on what you read there.

>

>Joe Castoro

>

>Ben Quiroz wrote:

>>

>> Hi all,

>> Even though I took a couple of semesters of astronomy in college way back

in >> Galileo's time, I'm new to modern astronomy and telescopes in general and

>> was wondering if anyone can recommend a good book (other than the two

basic >> magazines) on telescopes that can bring me up to speed on today's modern

>> telescopes or optics in general. I'm on the waiting list at

Astro-Physics >> and from what I understand, notification that a telescope is available is

>> being sent via a photon from Alpha Centauri. I would like to buy a

decent >> telescope for the interim, but don't want to spend really big bucks on a

>> temporary scope knowing in advance that A-P telescopes are not for the

faint >> of wallet. Any input will be appreciated.

>> Thanks

>>

>> Ben Quiroz

>> Austin, Texas

>



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#2432 Sep 12, 2000

"Starware II" is a useful book.



What type of objects are you interested in observing?



Rich



>Hi all,

>Even though I took a couple of semesters of astronomy in college way back

in >Galileo's time, I'm new to modern astronomy and telescopes in general and

>was wondering if anyone can recommend a good book (other than the two basic

>magazines) on telescopes that can bring me up to speed on today's modern

>telescopes or optics in general. I'm on the waiting list at Astro-Physics

>and from what I understand, notification that a telescope is available is

>being sent via a photon from Alpha Centauri. I would like to buy a decent

>telescope for the interim, but don't want to spend really big bucks on a

>temporary scope knowing in advance that A-P telescopes are not for the

faint >of wallet. Any input will be appreciated.

>Thanks

>

>Ben Quiroz

>Austin, Texas

>



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#2437 Sep 12, 2000

I would like to buy a decent > telescope for the interim, but don't want to spend really big bucks on a

> temporary scope knowing in advance that A-P telescopes are not for the

faint > of wallet. Any input will be appreciated.

> Thanks

>

> Ben Quiroz

> Austin, Texas



Ben,



Not knowing what size AP you are on the list for might limit some replies

but I might go for a used TV Pronto on an alt/az mount such as the TV

Upswing or Telepod. Prontos turn up often on Astromart in the $750-$850

range, give or take, depending on accessories and hold a fair amount of

value after the initial drive off the lot. It's good for grab 'n' go

viewing. Not a huge outlay and could be sold or kept upon receipt of the

AP.



Don Holcombe

Don's Astronomy Website

www.flash.net/~donholco/index.html



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#2444 Sep 12, 2000

What do you want to do with it?



Ben Quiroz wrote:

> Hi all,

> Even though I took a couple of semesters of astronomy in college way back in

> Galileo's time, I'm new to modern astronomy and telescopes in general and

> was wondering if anyone can recommend a good book (other than the two basic

> magazines) on telescopes that can bring me up to speed on today's modern

> telescopes or optics in general. I'm on the waiting list at Astro-Physics

> and from what I understand, notification that a telescope is available is

> being sent via a photon from Alpha Centauri. I would like to buy a decent

> telescope for the interim, but don't want to spend really big bucks on a

> temporary scope knowing in advance that A-P telescopes are not for the faint

> of wallet. Any input will be appreciated.

> Thanks

>

> Ben Quiroz

> Austin, Texas



--

Greg Mueller



I killed Kenny, m'kay?



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#2506 Sep 14, 2000

In a message dated 9/12/00 4:01:22 PM Central Daylight Time,

bquiroz@... writes:



< Hi all,

Even though I took a couple of semesters of astronomy in college way back in

Galileo's time, I'm new to modern astronomy and telescopes in general and

was wondering if anyone can recommend a good book (other than the two basic

magazines) on telescopes that can bring me up to speed on today's modern

telescopes or optics in general. I'm on the waiting list at Astro-Physics

and from what I understand, notification that a telescope is available is

being sent via a photon from Alpha Centauri. I would like to buy a decent

telescope for the interim, but don't want to spend really big bucks on a

temporary scope knowing in advance that A-P telescopes are not for the faint

of wallet. Any input will be appreciated.

Thanks



Ben Quiroz

Austin, Texas >>



I have a whole set of interesting optics/telescope books. Give me a call

(I'm in Austin too), I can loan then to you.



Mitch

328-4808







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