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Author Chen, James L., author.

Title Astronomy for older eyes : a guide for aging backyard astronomers / James L. Chen ; graphics by Adam Chen.

Publication Info. Cham, Switzerland : Springer International Publishing AG, [2017]


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 North Suburban PLD Loves Park Adult Non-Fiction - NSLY-11  520 CHE    AVAILABLE
 North Suburban PLD Roscoe Adult Non-Fiction - NSRY-11  520 CHE    AVAILABLE
Description xv, 233 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), charts ; 23 cm.
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Series The Patrick Moore practical astronomy series, 1431-9756
Patrick Moore's practical astronomy series.
Contents Contents : 1. Amateur astronomy and its aging practitioners -- 2. Why astronomy? -- 3. Keeping healthy, active, and backyard astronomy -- 4. Older eyes, cataracts, Laski and laser eye surgery -- 5. Telescope equipment and growing older -- 6. Astronomy clubs, public outreach, star parties, and staying social in later years -- 7. Physical and environmental challenges of astronomy in later years -- 8. Travel, astronomy tourism, and getting old -- 9. Common sense, light pollution, and astronomy -- 10. Wheelchair astronomy -- 11. The afterlife of telescope equipment and astronomy books -- 12. Final thoughts -- Appendix A: Telescope basics -- Appendix B: Color filters use -- Appendix C: Common telescope formulas -- Appendix D: Astronomical League Observing Programs -- Appendix E: North America Star Parties -- Appendix: F: Messier Catalog -- Appendix G: Selected Non-Messier Catalog NGC Objects -- Appendix H: The Caldwell Catalog -- Appendix I: The Herschel 4000 -- Glossary -- References -- Index.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-229) and index.
Summary This book is for the aging amateur astronomy population, including newcomers to astronomy in their retirement and hobbyists who loved peering through a telescope as a child. Whether a novice or an experienced observer, the practice of astronomy differs over the years. This guide will extend the enjoyment of astronomy well into the Golden Years by addressing topics such as eye and overall health issues, recommendations on telescope equipment, and astronomy-related social activities especially suited for seniors. Many Baby-Boomers reaching retirement age are seeking new activities, and amateur astronomy is a perfect fit as a leisure time activity. Established backyard astronomers who began their love of astronomy in their youth , meanwhile, may face many physical and mental challenges in continuing their lifelong hobby as they age beyond their 55th birthdays. That perfect telescope purchased when they were thirty years old now suddenly at sixty years old feels like an immovable object in the living room. The 20/20 eyesight has given way to reading glasses or bifocals. Treasured eyepieces feel all wrong. Growing old is a natural process of life, but astronomy is timeless. With a little knowledge and some lifestyle adjustments, older astronomers can still enjoy backyard observing well into their seventies, eighties and even into their nineties.
Subject Astronomy -- Amateurs' manuals.
Added Author Chen, Adam, 1983- illustrator.
ISBN 3319524127 (paperback)
9783319524122 (paperback)

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