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Book Description

3 Mar 2007
By Rob Smith

ISBN: 978 1846930430
Published: 2007
Pages: 120


This book is based on a GCSE course, and is very popular

The view through the eyepiece of a good Telescope is an experience which often marks the turning point from an interest in telescopes to an overwhelming urge to own one. However, a visit to a telescope supplier and a study of the prices, can deter all but the most passionate of Amateur Astronomers. However, the remedy is a simple one; almost anyone who wishes to may build a Telescope capable of studying the surface of the Moon, the rings of Saturn, the brighter Moons of Jupiter, Nebulae and Double Stars.

About the Author

Rob Smith graduated in Electronics, Physics and Mathematics and then spent some years working for large electronics companies and restoring Astronomical Observatories. After his first wife suddenly died he picked up the pieces of his life and married again, this time to a lady from Russia. Having lived for some years in Spain he and his new family returned to Hampshire where he now works as a Lecturer.

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  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Best Global Publishing (3 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184693043X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846930430
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,267,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars No Images work in this title 27 Aug 2012
By Martyn
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At first glance this book looks like it has the information necessary to create a Newtonian reflector telescope. However, none of the images show, I've tested this in both my Kindle Fire and via Cloud Reader. This means that none of the equations are shown and all pictures of telescopes and plans are not visible. This basically renders the book useless. I'm hoping that future iterations fix this issue because if images were working, I would find it particularly useful.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dad's dreaming of the stars 1 Jun 2013
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Present. Dad said the book was okay but didn't give him all the information he would need. Well it did but I think he said he wasn't able to translate it into action as creating the lens would be really difficult. But a good starting point for someone thinking about building a telescope to just understand what is involved and it is a lot cheaper than buying a telescope.
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3.0 out of 5 stars In need of a re-write, potentially the second edition will be better? 11 Feb 2011
By invisible - Published on
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This book needs a professional editing and a re-write. I was distracted by its layout and typos but I really enjoyed reading it. If it were just a bit more polished it would be a good workbook for a young person starting out on their first telescope because it does simplify the math a great deal, provide a decent outline of the processes and has a colloquial style. It also gives a number of helpful hints that I haven't found elsewhere, but it has some plain bad engineering, for example a two vane curved secondary holder which would be very difficult for a beginner to create.

Sorry, but with so many better books available I wouldn't recommend it in its present form.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointment 20 Dec 2009
By Jim Deane - Published on
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I have read through a lot of the text and it is somewhat interesting if a little low level (but then it was for a GCSE course).

The main disappointment came from the totally inappropriateness of the (otherwise brilliant) Kindle for this book.

The layout on the Kindle is appalling and the diagrams are unreadable.

Wasted my money.

I would like a refund.. I doubt that will happen
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1.0 out of 5 stars Virtually Worthless 30 Dec 2010
By Amateur Telescope Maker - Published on
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If you are interested in making a telescope do not buy this book. I have made many telescopes and this book is a complete waste of your money. Buy Rchard Berry's classic "Build Your Own Telescope" or any of the other fine books on the subject. This one will only confuse and frustrate you.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Rowlands remarks 22 May 2010
By Rowland Smuck - Published on
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HOW TO BUILD AN ASTRONOMICAL TELESCOPE I was disapointed with the book, I think it is much too shallow, doesn't go into the theory of lens like I thought it should.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money 13 Jun 2009
By QS3000 - Published on
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Don't waste money on this tiny book. All the information in it can be found online and there is nothing special about it. No secrets, no tricks, no nothing.
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