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#1 t.r.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:05 AM

I have the first edition of this great book. Just wondering for those who have both, does the newest edition have anything new added (written material/updated equipment), other than new pics? Worth buying and reading it again or is it just a reprint with a few new pictures? Thanks...

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:11 AM

I have the first edition of this great book. Just wondering for those who have both, does the newest edition have anything new added ...


Heavens, yes! The book has changed greatly since the first edition, in too many ways to describe without a long, long post.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:49 PM

I think the first edition came out in the 1990s, didn't it? The third edition came out in 2008 or 2009, and a lot has changed in that time period, particularly with astrophotography and the cameras used. Definitely get it!

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:03 PM

The most recent edition is from 2008. It is an outstanding book, but the newer books don't cover everything that the 1st edition did. I have a 1st edition and a 4th I believe (it has the Horsehead Nebula on it). Most of the older information was taken out to add newer and more up to date technologies in amateur astronomy.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 01:23 PM

I have both 2nd and 3rd editions, and the 3rd was definitely worth it! Alot has changed equipment wise.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 01:25 PM

What did the first edition have that was deleted? Maybe I'll have to go to the library...

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 02:39 PM

I purchased each successive edition when released and passed the previous ones on to others. It's an excellent resource.

Don't forget that there is a supplementary web page for the book that keeps up with what's new in the hobby.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:46 PM

What did the first edition have that was deleted? Maybe I'll have to go to the library...


Much of what was taken out dealt with older SCTs from Meade and Celestron. If you are ever wanting to research the products from the 1970s and 1980s those sections were a good place to start.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 10:39 PM

What did the first edition have that was deleted? Maybe I'll have to go to the library...


Much of what was taken out dealt with older SCTs from Meade and Celestron. If you are ever wanting to research the products from the 1970s and 1980s those sections were a good place to start.


Makes sense to delete obsolete stuff,






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