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Amateur Telescope Making in the Internet Age: Finding Parts, Getting Help, and More - The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series (Paperback)
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Amateur Telescope Making in the Internet Age: Finding Parts, Getting Help, and More - The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series (Paperback)

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Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 26/10/2010
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Building an astronomical telescope offers the amateur astronomer an exciting challenge, with the possibility of ending up with a far bigger and better telescope than could have been afforded otherwise. In the past, the starting point has always been the grinding and polishing of at least the primary mirror, a difficult and immensely time-consuming process. But now that the Internet has brought us together in a global village, purchasing off-the-shelf goods such as parabolic mirrors, eyepieces, lenses, and telescope tubes, is possible. There are also a vast number of used mirrors and lenses out there, and it is now possible to track them down almost anywhere in the world. Online stores and auction houses have facilitated commerce regarding all sorts of useful optical components at a reasonable price. This is a book about making telescopes from available parts. It provides guidance on where to look and what to look for in selecting items useful for telescope making and explains how to assemble these components to produce an excellent instrument on a tight budget. At one time, many amateurs made their own telescopes from home-made parts. In today's rushed world, that has almost become a lost art. The Internet offers a wonderful alternative to either buying a pricey scope fully assembled or making your own from scratch.

Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
ISBN: 9781441964144
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 690 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 11 mm
Edition: 2011 ed.


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"The book is packed with help and advice; given pre-made optics, there's advice on building a simple rich-field refractor through larger refractors and reflectors of various types, along with making all the essential parts and accessories, from tubes to mirror cells, focusers to spiders ... . In summary, the book contains an eclectic mix of projects, from which the amateur telescope maker is likely to glean some perfectly good ideas." (Peter Grego, Popular Astronomy, July-August, 2011)

"The book contains everything you need to consider when building a telescope from your own `scrap'; how to assess optics, design considerations and many wrinkles that assist the amateur telescope maker to meet and even exceed the engineering tolerances of commercial telescope manufacturers. This is a hugely useful book for anyone with a modicum of engineering skill ... . If you have an old photocopier lens in the loft, or any unused lens looking for a noble purpose, this book is for you." (Steve Ringwood, Astronomy Now, September, 2011)

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