Michael Swanson’s online discussions with literally thousands of NexStar owners made it clear that there was a desperate need for a book such as this – one that provides a complete, detailed guide to buying, using and maintaining NexStar telescopes. Although this book is highly comprehensive, it is suitable for beginners – there is a chapter on "Astronomy Basics" – and experts alike.
Celestron’s NexStar telescopes were introduced in 1999, beginning with their first computer controlled "go to" model, a 5-inch. More models appeared in quick succession, and Celestron’s new range made it one of the two dominant manufacturers of affordable "go to" telescopes.
About the Author
Michael Swanson is a veteran IT manager for the United States Navy with a lifelong interest in astronomy, technology, and computer programming. Shortly after purchasing his first NexStar telescope in the year 2000, he established what would quickly become the definitive Internet resource for NexStar telescopes - the NexStar Resource Site (www.NexStarSite.com). Since 2001, he has worked with Celestron in reviewing and testing their latest technologies, contributing numerous suggestions during the design process.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Introduction.-Chapter 2 - Astronomy Basics.-Chapter 3 - Overview of Celestron's Alt-Az Computerized Telescopes.-Chapter 4 - Alignment.-Chapter 5 - NexStar and StarSense Hand Control Operation.-Chapter 6 - SkyPortal Operation.-Chapter 7 - Connecting a PC, Mac, Tablet, or Smartphone to Your 'Scope.-Chapter 8- Expanding Your Horizons - Choosing Objects to View.-Chapter 9 - accessories for Your Telescope.-Chapter 10 - Firmware Updates.- Chapter 11.- Collimation, Maintenance, Care, and Cleaning.-Chapter 12 - Tips, Solutions, and Troubleshooting Common problems.- Appendix A - Internet Resources.- Appendix B - Glossary.- Index.