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The Vixen Star Book User Guide

How to Use the Star Book TEN and the Original Star Book


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. James L. Chen, Adam Chen
    Pages 7-14
  3. James L. Chen, Adam Chen
    Pages 15-20
  4. James L. Chen, Adam Chen
    Pages 21-52
  5. James L. Chen, Adam Chen
    Pages 53-60
  6. James L. Chen, Adam Chen
    Pages 61-67
  7. James L. Chen, Adam Chen
    Pages 69-97
  8. James L. Chen, Adam Chen
    Pages 99-103
  9. James L. Chen, Adam Chen
    Pages 105-121
  10. James L. Chen, Adam Chen
    Pages 123-135
  11. James L. Chen, Adam Chen
    Pages 137-140
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 147-292

About this book


This book is for anyone who owns, or is thinking of owning, a Vixen Star Book Ten telescope mount or its predecessor. A revolution in amateur astronomy has occurred in the past decade with the wide availability of high tech, computer-driven, Go-To telescopes. Vixen Optics is leading the way by offering the Star Book Ten system, with its unique star map graphics software.

The Star Book Ten is the latest version of computer telescope control using star map graphics as a user interface, first introduced in the original Star Book first offered in 2003. The increasingly complicated nature of this software means that learning to optimize this program is not straightforward, and yet the resulting views when all features are correctly deployed can be phenomenal.

After a short history of computerized Go-To telescopes for the consumer amateur astronomer market, Chen offers a treasury of technical information. His advice, tips, and solutions aid the user in getting the most out of the Star Book Ten system in observing sessions.


Computerized Mount Control Computerized Observing of the Sky Go-To Telescopes LCD Screen Portable Reference Star Chart Mounts for Astronomical Observing Programs for Amateur Astronomers SPHINX Go-to system Star Map Software Star Tracking with Telescopes

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The Shenandoah Astronomical SocietyGoreUSA
  2. 2.BaltimoreUSA

About the authors

James Chen is retired from the Department of the Navy and Federal Aviation Administration where he worked as a Radar and Surveillance Systems Engineer. A guest lecturer at local Washington DC/Northern Virginia/Maryland astronomy clubs on amateur astronomy topics of eyepiece design and optical filters, he wrote a short Astronomy Magazine article on Dobsonian telescope design November 1989 and served as a sales consultant to two Washington DC area telescope stores for over 30 years. He is the author of "How to Find the Apollo Landing Sites" and "A Guide to the Hubble Space Telescope Objects".

Adam Chen is Program Manager of media support for NASA Headquarters in Washington DC. He was creator and executive producer of major NASA publications including the book and web-book application documenting the history of the Space Shuttle Program “Celebrating 30 Years of the Space Shuttle Program”.

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