The book is honoured with a foreword by amateur astronomer Dr Brian May of rock group Queen, and the irrepressible Patrick Moore provides a preface. The manual begins with an overview of the solar system and the universe. Amateur viewing: naked eye (including how, when and where to look) and binoculars (choosing and using). Telescopes: Newtonians, Schmidt-Cassegrains, Ritchey-Chretiens, Maksutovs; plus motorised mounts, GOTO technology, the wealth of accessories. Professional viewing: a captivating insight into equipment and techniques that will appeal to all aspiring astronomers. Astrophotography: electronic imaging, video astronomy, computer/telescope synergy, creating a gallery of your own images. Comprehensive appendices, including terminology and further resources.
Jane Green writes about astronomy for Sky & Telescope
and Astronomy Now, and also lectures to a wide range of
audiences alongside VIPs, celebrities and industry professionals,
including US astronaut Buzz Aldrin. She lives in Sussex.