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


Being a beginner itself is not a bad thing. Everything is new and exciting. Seeing the lunar craters for the first time or Saturn’s rings fills you with awe and wonderment. Indeed, there is something to be said for staying a beginner for life and still enjoying it, just as some are content to remain on the bottom rung in careers or are content to go fishing without the urge to keep catching more or bigger fish.

Fortunately, though not all experienced astronomers have lost their sense of wonder, there is always something new to see or do if you are prepared to look for it and prepared to fail occasionally. As an example, teasing out some detail on a photograph of the Sun in calcium K light for the first time can feel as exciting as first seeing the Moon through a telescope. Another example is photographing Alpha Centauri, which is not visible from England. Although this star is known in science fiction lore as being our nearest star (technically it is the second nearest), not only it is a double star but it is also the one with the brightest secondary component in the sky.


Chromatic Aberration Primary Mirror Double Star Secondary Mirror Exit Pupil 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip Pugh
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  1. 1.Institute of Technical and Scientific CommunicatorsChippenhemUK

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