Rod Mollise

Getting the^Most from Your Schimon Cassegrain or AmK^tadioptricT(il«cope

Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series

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Choosing and Using a New CAT

Getting the Most from Your Schmidt Cassegrain or Any Catadioptric Telescope

Rod Mollise

Springer

Rod Mollise 1207 Selma Street Mobile AL 36604 USA

ISBN 978-0-387-09771-8 e-ISBN 978-0-387-09772-5

DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-09772-5

Library of Congress Control Number: 2008934774

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About the Author

Rod Mollise is an engineer by profession. He is also the author of numerous books and magazine articles on every aspect of amateur astronomy. Known to his fans as "Uncle" Rod Mollise, he is most well known for his books about catadioptric telescopes (CATs), which aim to help new CAT owners get past the inexperience and anxiety that often accompanies their entry into this wonderful hobby. In addition to his books and Internet sites, Rod's writings can frequently be found in Sky & Telescope, Night Sky Magazine, Astronomy Technology Today, and many other publications.

Rod also finds time to teach astronomy to undergraduates at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. When he is not on the road attending and speaking at star parties, he shares a rambling old Victorian home in Mobile's Garden District with his wife, Dorothy, two (four-legged) cats, and, at last count, 11 telescopes.

Acknowledgements

Thirty-five years of using and loving Schmidt Cassegrain telescopes (SCTs) has taught me a few things about these wonderful telescopes, but I hardly know everything. This book would not have been possible without the assistance of many kind and generous members of the amateur astronomy community.

The input from my online catadioptric telescope (CAT) user groups proved invaluable from start to finish. These individuals have taught me far more about SCTs than I could ever have learned on my own. Special recognition is due these outstanding amateur astronomers: Bob Berta, Cal Beard, Matthias Bopp, Paul Cezanne, Steve Clayworth, John Clothier, Richard Edelson, "Poppa Fred," Tanveer Gani, Steve Jaynes, Andrew Johansen, Leonard Knoll, Joe Kuhn, Jim Norton, Robert Piekiel, David Polivka, R. Richins, Dick Seymour, "Doc" Clay Sherrod, Rick Thurmond, Gord Tulloch, and many more.

One of the greatest things about the SCT community is the close and supportive relationship that exists between telescope users and telescope makers. The following astronomy business pros provided me with the images and software I needed to make this book a reality: Paul Rodman (AstroPlanner); Michelle Meskill (Celestron); Steve Tuma (Deepsky Astronomy Software); Paul Hobbs (Meade); Terry D'Auray, Claire Kleffel, and Peter Moreso (Imaginova/Orion Telescopes and Binoculars); John Pem-berton and all the good folks at Orion Optics UK; and Greg Crinklaw (SkyTools).

Finally, as has been the case with every book I have done for Springer, three people have earned my deepest appreciation. John Watson shepherded this one along in the early days, and without his efforts it would not have been published. Pat Rochford, my best friend, checked and proofread the manuscript, and without his hard work, it would not have been much good. Dorothy Mollise, my wife and always "the brightest star in this astronomer's sky," contributed the most of all. Without her love and understanding, it would not have been written. Thanks, y'all!

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