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The Backyard Astronomer's Guide. Terence Dickinson & Alan Dyer
[A] wealth of information about the equipment used in astronomy, including prices, consumer-type information, advice on when to use and when not to use binoculars, telescopes, cameras, film, lenses, filters, and other items for the amateur astronomer. Four chapters ... concern the observation of the solar system and deep space objects. There are also several chapters discussing the photographing of all types of astronomical phenomena. Library Journal

Star Ware. Philip Harrington
Amateur astronomers of all levels will appreciate this guide to choosing and caring for astronomy equipment, which also serves as a reference to terms and concepts (e.g., how the Rayleigh criterion relates to optical quality and the differences between various telescope and eyepiece designs). Practical matters, such as how to keep warm, how to keep dew off a corrector plate, how to keep mosquitos at bay, and how to collimate a Newtonian or Schmidt-Cassegrain are also covered. Book News

Choosing and Using a Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope: A Guide to Commercial SCTs and Maksutovs. Rod Mollise
This is the book I wish I had read before I purchased my SCT (to understand what I was getting into) and that I wish had come as its user's guide. While it provides great explanations and many useful tips on setting up and using an SCT, it also honestly describes potential drawbacks (e.g., weight, transportability). Amazon reviewer

How to Use a Computerized Telescope. Michael Covington
Probably no one with a new ETX, NexStar, or LX-200 should be without this guide, which provides not only an introduction to these telescopes, but also to the motion of the sky, coordinate systems, and astrophotography. Covington, who also wrote Astrophotography for the Amateur, includes helpful information about accessories (such as eyepieces, barlow lenses, and filters), collimating and star testing, using equatorial mounts and wedges, and telescope optics. Book News