Binocular Astronomy (Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy by Stephen Tonkin

By Stephen Tonkin

This booklet comprises every little thing an astronomer must find out about binocular staring at. The ebook takes an in-depth examine the tools themselves. It has sections on comparing and purchasing binoculars and binocular telescopes, their care, mounting, and add-ons. furthermore there's a choice of fifty nice gadgets to be obvious with 50mm and 100mm binoculars. the benefits of utilizing either eyes for astronomical watching are many and huge, principally due to the method the human mind tactics visible info. This ebook allows the astronomer to maximise these merits.

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Differences in optical quality can often be immediately apparent, even to “untrained” people, most of whom are capable of performing simple tests for common aberrations. • Once you have used good quality binoculars it is difficult to be satisfied with less. However, we do become emotionally attached to our possessions and can readily justify poor quality on the grounds of price or some other comparative benefit like ultraportability. • Optics that are entirely free of aberrations exist only in the imagination and, to a large extent, the old adage that you get what you pay for still holds true.

Seronik, G. ” Sky and Telescope, 100 (1), July 2000: 59–64. 5. W. , 1995, pp. 10ff, 47. CHAPTER FOUR Evaluating Binoculars Recently, a colleague told us of a local gas station that was offering 10×22 compact binoculars for sale at under $5 each. On the reasoning that “you can’t go wrong at that price,” the colleague acquired a pair for his son, who was very pleased with them. Upon hearing of this, another colleague went to the gas station and bought a pair for herself. When she got home and tried them out, she found that they gave a double image, obviously a case of poor collimation.

1). • Tripod Bush. You will be able to see significantly more with mounted binoculars than with unmounted ones, even if you do intend to use them primarily as a hand-held instrument. ) bush in the distal end of the center-post. This bush is covered by a cap, usually made of plastic, but sometimes of metal, which unscrews. Remove it and check the quality of the bush. If possible, try an L-bracket and ensure that you can easily connect the bracket to the binocular, with the thread of the L-bracket bolt easily meshing with the thread in the bush without danger of cross-threading.

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