The Vixen Star Book User Guide: How to Use the Star Book TEN and the Original Star Book

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Springer, Oct 1, 2015 - Science - 292 pages

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.

 

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Contents

A Brief History of Vixen Computerized Telescope Mounts for Amateurs
1
Vixen Sphinx Mounts Using Star Book Technology
7
Introduction to the Star Book TEN
15
Basic Operation of the Star Book TEN
21
Learned Lessons in Using the Star Book TEN
53
Introduction to the Original Star Book
61
Basic Operation of the Star Book
69
Learned Lessons in Using the Original Star Book
98
Appendix A Troubleshooting Checklist
146
Appendix B Messier Catalog
149
Appendix C Selected NonMessier Catalog NGC Objects
153
Appendix D Websites for Comet and Satellite Orbital Elements
158
Appendix E Glossary
159
Appendix F Star Book TEN Updates
165
Appendix G Star Book Updates
204
Appendix H Entering Comet Orbital Elements in the Original Star Book
239

Notes on the Star BookOne and Star BookS Systems
105
Accessories for Vixen Sphinx Mounts
122
Mounting Other Optical Tubes on the Vixen Mounts
137
Maintenance and Care of the Star Book Electronics and Sphinx Mounts
141
Biographies
289
Index
290
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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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