Why use the traditional approach to study the stars when you canturn computers, handheld devices, and telescopes intoout-of-this-world stargazing tools? Whether you're a first timer oran advanced hobbyist, you'll find Astronomy Hacks both useful andfun. From upgrading your optical finder to photographing stars,this book is the perfect cosmic companion. This handy field guidecovers the basics of observing, and what you need to know abouttweaking, tuning, adjusting, and tricking out a 'scope. Expectpriceless tips and tools for using a Dobsonian Telescope, thelarge-aperture telescope you can inexpensively build in yourgarage. Get advice on protocols involved with using electronicsincluding in dark places without ruining the party. AstronomyHacks begins the space exploration by getting you set up withthe right equipment for observing and admiring the stars in anurban setting. Along for the trip are first rate tips for makingmost of observations. The hacks show you how to:
Dark-Adapt Your Notebook Computer
Choose the Best Binocular
Clean Your Eyepieces and Lenses Safely
Upgrade Your Optical Finder
Photograph the Stars with Basic Equipment
The O'Reilly Hacks series has reclaimed the term "hacking" to meaninnovating, unearthing, and creating shortcuts, gizmos, and gears.With these hacks, you don't dream it-you do it--and AstronomyHacks brings space dreams to life. The book is essential foranyone who wants to get the most out of an evening under the starsand have memorable celestial adventures.