Chapter 1 - Introduction familiarizes the reader with the
world of computerized consumer telescopes and provides a history of the
Chapter 2 - Astronomy Basics is an introduction to the
world of amateur astronomy. Concepts presented here will provide the
background knowledge required to become more than just a "button pusher".
Chapter 3 - Overview of the NexStar Line
provides information on each NexStar model to assist you in choosing the
NexStar that best suits your needs.
Chapter 4 - Alignment details the various
star alignment procedures insuring your scope delivers accurate GoTo
performance. If you are having problems getting your NexStar to point
accurately, this chapter will have it whipped into shape in no time.
Chapter 5 - Basic Operation is a detailed
presentation of the operation of a NexStar telescope. If the manual
provided with the telescope leaves you wondering, this is the place to
Chapter 6 - Expanding Your Horizons -
Choosing Objects to View is written for the new amateur astronomer.
After the Moon, planets, and built-in Tour, how do you decide what to view?
Chapter 7 - Using the Software Included with
the Little NexStars - TheSky and NexStar Observer List is your guide to
using the PC software that comes with the little NexStars. Various other
models of NexStars have included TheSky on occasion as well.
Chapter 8 - Accessories for Your NexStar
provides recommendations on tripods, eyepieces, power sources and more.
Several accessories and modifications are projects you can do at home for
Chapter 9 - Collimation - Optical Alignment
provides the details you need to properly align your telescope's optics to
insure the best possible optical performance.
Chapter 10 - Controlling Your NexStar with a
PC or Palmtop Computer - All NexStar telescopes are capable of
interfacing with a computer to allow advanced control via specialized
Chapter 11 - Astrophotography with a NexStar
- An introduction to astrophotography with NexStar telescopes, from the
simplest methods that most anyone can afford and find successful, to an
overview of the world of the serious astrophotographer.
Chapter 12 - Maintenance, Care and Cleaning
- With a little care, you can keep your NexStar running like new for years
Chapter 13 - Mounting Other Optical Tubes on
a NexStar - With a little information and a few accessories it is easy
to attach a different optical tube to most NexStar mounts.
Chapter 14 - Additional Tips and Solutions
- If it isn't answered somewhere else in the book, it's probably here.
Appendix A - Internet Resources is a
short guide to the wealth of information available on the Internet.
Appendix B - Objects in the NexStar Hand
Control provides a rundown on the objects in the computerized hand
control of the various models to include a complete compilation of the Named
Object, Asterism, and other unique NexStar lists.
Appendix C - PC and Palmtop Software
Compatible with NexStar Telescopes lists programs compatible with
NexStar telescopes at the time of this writing.
Appendix D - Writing Programs to Control
NexStar Telescopes is a specialized section for those interested in
writing software to control a NexStar telescope with personal computers and
Appendix E - Glossary - if you run across
an unfamiliar term as you are reading, hopefully I have included it in the