Uncle Rod has written many articles in
magazines such as Sky & Telescope and Astronomy Technology Today and a
plethora of reviews on Cloudy Nights (http://www.cloudynights.com).
He maintains a popular astronomy blog (http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com)
and is the author of several fine books.
He is a great fan of catadioptric
telescopes, such as the Celestron and Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain
designs, and his latest book is titled “Choosing
and Using a New CAT: Getting the Most from Your Schmidt-Cassegrain or
Any Catadioptric Telescope”.
Choosing and Using
the New CAT will supersede the author’s successful Choosing and
Using a Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope, which has enjoyed enthusiastic
support from the amateur astronomy community for the past seven years.
Since the first book was published, a lot has changed in the
technology of amateur astronomy. The sophistication and variety of the
telescopes available to amateurs has increased dramatically.
Computerized SCTs, Maksutov-Cassegrains, and most recently Meade’s new
and acclaimed Ritchey-Chrétiens have come to dominate the market. That
means that all amateurs considering the purchase of a new telescope
(not only a SCT, and not just beginners) will benefit from this
detailed guide. Choosing the right telescope for particular kinds of
observation (or even for general work) is far from easy – but Rod
Mollise gives invaluable advice and guidance.