Telescope Power

by Terry Washburn

Surfing the web this week I came across a paperback on Amazon 'Telescope Power' by Gregory L. Matloff.

It was designed to challenge and motivate young readers interested in telescopes and astronomy, and contains complete instructions on setting up equipment, progressing to the use of simple eyepieces and filters.

Offering an abundance of simple yet intriguing subjects for observation with explicit guidelines on locating them.

Exercises are intended to teach children about the universe and thus learn what science is all about. Packed with photos and illustrations. Includes moon and seasonal star maps.

Learn to unleash the awesome power of your telescope and take a fascinating tour of the Universe Astronomer Gregory Matloff introduces you to all the fun and excitement of astronomy by helping you to discover the full potential of any telescope.

Telescope Power is packed with dozens of fun and easy stargazing projects and activities. Telescope Power doesn't just tell you about all the beauty and mystery of the stars but lets you see it all for yourself!

You begin your tour of the Universe by setting your sights on nearby neighbors in our Solar System. You'll hunt for blue lunar flashes, spot lunar landing sites, and use color filters to observe the changing seasons on Mars and the spectacular rings of Saturn.

From there, it's off to more distant stars. You'll learn how to read a star atlas and identify the various constellations: locate binary stars Mizar and Alcor; use a finder chart to observe the beautiful Globular Cluster M-13 and the Ring Nebula Lyra: visit the Great Spiral Galaxy in Andromeda (twin sister to our own Milky Way Galaxy); and a lot more.

You'll also learn about the different types of telescopes and how they work; how to set up your telescope; the "care and feeding" of telescopes; the best accessories to try, including different eyepieces, filters, clock drives, and star wheels; and how to share your experiences with other young astronomers.

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