The ShortTube 80 Telescope

A User's Guide

  • Neil T. English

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Neil T. English
    Pages 1-12
  3. Neil T. English
    Pages 13-25
  4. Neil T. English
    Pages 27-44
  5. Neil T. English
    Pages 45-111
  6. Neil T. English
    Pages 125-133
  7. Neil T. English
    Pages 135-153
  8. Neil T. English
    Pages 155-182
  9. Neil T. English
    Pages 183-190
  10. Neil T. English
    Pages 191-202
  11. Neil T. English
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  12. Neil T. English
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  13. Neil T. English
    Pages 237-240
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 241-243

About this book


Welcome to the first comprehensive guide to one of the world’s most popular telescopes: the ShortTube 80 refractor. With its ultra-portability, versatility, and relatively low cost, this telescope continues to delight generations of stargazers.

Starting in the field under a dark sky, the author walks the reader through a typical evening of stargazing, where the ShortTube 80 brings many astronomical treasures into focus. From there, he provides an in–depth account of the optical properties of the ShortTube 80 refractor and the accessories and mounting arrangements that maximize its potential both as a spotting ‘scope by day and an astronomical ‘scope by night.

The main text discusses how the versatile ShortTube 80 can be used to study deep sky objects, the Sun, the Moon, bright planets and even high-resolution projects, where the instrument's features can be optimized for the observation of tight double and multiple stars. It explores how the ShortTube 80 can image targets using camera phones, DSLRs and dedicated astronomical CCD imagers.

Packed with practical advice gained from years of firsthand stargazing experience, this book demonstrates exactly why ShortTube 80 has remained a firm favorite among amateur astronomers for over three decades, and why it is likely to remain popular for many years to come.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Neil T. English
    • 1
  1. 1.Fintry, GlasgowUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-23556-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-23557-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-9756
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-6562
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