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#1 Cestus

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 03:23 PM

Has anyone read this book? Any reviews or opinions of it?

 

Chronicling the Golden Age of Astronomy: A History of Visual Observing from Harriot to Moore by Neil English.



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Posted 24 January 2020 - 04:07 PM

I bought and have read all 650+ pages. It's a wonderful tour de force and worth ten times the price of admission! Some readers got ... disjointed ... because Neil English badmouths APO refractors, in favor of slow conventional achromats. You know how astronomers get when someone criticizes their telescopes!

 

Anyway, the tome is beautifully printed and loaded with historical info and images. Well-organized, rather reverent. If you seriously like astronomy and history... order it immediately! Allow a lot time to read and digest. Best assimilated in small doses, with some think-time inbetween.   Tom

 

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 04:33 PM

Thanks for the tip, Cestus and TOMDEY!

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 10:47 PM

Hmm, wrong forum?



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Posted 25 January 2020 - 10:41 AM

As long as they also describe binocular (observations), it's fine here.



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Posted 25 January 2020 - 12:13 PM

As long as they also describe binocular (observations), it's fine here.

Yep! For example, on p532, in his 70-page chapter #33 on the redoubtable Walter Scott Houston, "Scotty learned from experience that two eyes are better than one. 'Lately I have become increasingly aware that more can be seen with two eyes than with only one. (Microscopists have known this for centuries.)' p. 103 (Fig. 33.21)" And yes indeed... on the referenced page 103 of Houston's Deep-Sky Wonders, is the source.    Tom

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