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"Uncle" Rod Mollise: The Past, Present, and Future of the Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope

Uncle Rod has written many articles in magazines such as Sky & Telescope and Astronomy Technology Today and a plethora of reviews on Cloudy Nights. He maintains a popular astronomy blog 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-Chretiens 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.

The book is a very accessible, well-written, and encyclopedic exploration of this kind of scope. This book would be great for you if you are a newcomer to amateur astronomy and think that this kind of telescope might be right for you or if you already own this type of scope and want to make the most of it.

As part of his visit, Rod has agreed to sign copies of his book and we made a bulk order to get a discounted price.

If you indicated to Larry Froberg that you were interested in purchasing a copy through the club, the book will be available for pick-up on the night of Rod's talk in January from the Sales Table.