Explore Scientific ED127Explore Scientific AR152Celestron Omni XLT 102 Orion XT10i
Cactus Patch Observatory / 14" LX200
"The four points of the compass be logic, knowledge, wisdom, and the unknown. Some do bow in that final direction. Others advance upon it. To bow before the one is to lose sight of the three."
NW Mass, inches from Vermont
(well....it used to say that.....)
Quote:Unless I see it in a bookstore for pennies, though, I think I'll get it from the library
Orion ED80 - AT Voyager with TNT,pier ext.,Vixon steel tray and Manny's mod.
Omni 120 cg4 with Orion pier ext. and RA drive, Binotron-27 (25mm & 17mm Sterlings)
Orion XT10(Original F/5) SkyStopper Equatorial Platform
Jason Constellation Model 311(Modified with 1.25"Crawford Machine focuser & rings)
Quote:If I remember correctly, Dava Sobel also wrote a book about Galileo
Quote:The second book I just finished is called "Parallax: The Race to Measure the Cosmos" by Alan W. Hirshfeld. This book is quite a bit longer than "Longitude" and contains more details about some of the events mentioned in "Longitude". The main focus of the book is how we learned to detect stellar parallax and how the lack of any parallax detection affected early models of the universe which were mostly geocentric.
I highly recommend both books. Very interesting reads.
Thanks for the suggestion! I'm especially inclined to buy "Parallax". Do you think you could elaborate on this negative comment about it that somebody posted on Amazon?: "Because [the book] came from a working astronomer and educator, I expected it to have more technical content. One glaring error (page 166, final full paragraph) made me wonder about the quality of the editing of the manuscript."
Quote:"Because [the book] came from a working astronomer and educator, I expected it to have more technical content. One glaring error (page 166, final full paragraph) made me wonder about the quality of the editing of the manuscript."
Quote:Another one I have and just re-read is "Heavenly Intrigue" by Joshua and Anne-Lee Gilder, which is about Tycho Brahe, Johannes Kepler, and Brahe's death/murder.Lately, I'm reading "Stargazer" by Fred Watson, on the history of the telescope.
Quote:I've been meaning to read "Longitude", as I've been wondering lately exactly how they solved that problem. Unless I see it in a bookstore for pennies, though, I think I'll get it from the library. My bookshelf space is getting *really* scarce!
Scopes: CPC8, TV85+Voyager Binos: 40-70mm, GT80mm~45deg
"We live in the sky, not under it." John Tyndall
I want to do more then just look.
Clear Skies, TonyScopes: Celestron 150mm SCT, ES 102mm refractor, 114mm Newt, Circle T 80mm refractor, Cel./Vix. 60mm refractor "the Brute" EP's: Various and sundry along with barlows WO and ES Dielectric Diagonals Filters: DGM Optics NPB, Orion SkyGlow Filter, color and longpass AstroZap Dew Shield, Vibration Pads etc... AstroPlanner V2.1, SkySafari 4 Plus, Vortex 8X42, 60's 7X35 Binocs Astronomy in the Orange Zone! ...73 de KM5JH...