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Go-To Telescopes Under Suburban Skies


  • Appeals to both beginners and more experienced amateur astronomers who already have a Go-To telescope or want to buy one

  • Includes information on many different manufacturers

  • Gives advice on maintaining Go-To telescopes for optimum performance


Part of the Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Neale Monks
    Pages 1-13
  3. Neale Monks
    Pages 15-66
  4. Neale Monks
    Pages 67-113
  5. Neale Monks
    Pages 115-173
  6. Neale Monks
    Pages 175-223
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 225-260

About this book


For the last four centuries stargazers have turned their telescopes to the night skies to look at its wonders, but only in this age of computers has it become possible to let the telescope find for you the object you are looking for! So-called “go-to” telescopes are programmed with the locations of thousands of objects, including dazzling distant Suns, stunning neighboring galaxies, globular and open star clusters, the remnants of past supernovae, and many other breathtaking sights. This book does not tell you how to use your Go-to telescope. Your manual will help you do that. It tells you what to look for in the deep sky and why, and what equipment to best see it with. Organized broadly by what is best for viewing in the northern hemisphere in different seasons, Monks further divides the sights of each season into groupings such as “Showpiece Objects,” “Interesting Deep Sky Objects,” and “Obscure and Challenging Deep Sky Objects.” He also tells what objects are visible even in light-polluted skies. So armed with your go-to telescope, find an ideal viewing site or set up your telescope in your own backyard. Either way, you’re in for some fun!


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.BerkhamstedUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Neale Monks is a scientist, writer, and teacher, and the author of another book in the Practical Astronomy Series, Astronomy with a Home Computer. After completing his zoology degree at Aberdeen University he worked briefly as a marine zoologist before moving to London, where he earned his Ph.D. while working at the Natural History Museum. He then spent a few years as a post-doctoral researcher studying the effects of astronomical events on sea level and mass extinctions before leaving research to spend more time teaching and writing. Since 2002 he has taught a history of science class for Pepperdine University as well as various science classes for the WEA. At different times he's lived in England, Scotland, and the Midwestern United States.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Go-To Telescopes Under Suburban Skies
  • Authors Neale Monks
  • Series Title Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Patrick Moore's Pract.Astron.Series (formerly:Practical Astronomy)
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4419-6850-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4419-6851-7
  • Series ISSN 1431-9756
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 260
  • Number of Illustrations 100 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
    Popular Science in Astronomy
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


From the reviews:

“It is an excellent guide. … gives useful and sometimes detailed information about the objects … . As such it is an excellent, handy and easy-to-use guide, and I’m happy to recommend it.” (Robin Scagell, The Observatory, Vol. 131 (1225), December, 2011)