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History of the Telescope [Hardcover]

Henry Charles King


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Dec 1955
This remarkable history encompasses not only the achievements of the early inventors and astronomers but also the less frequently recounted stories of the instrument makers and of the actual instruments. A model of unsurpassed, comprehensive scholarship, this volume covers many fields, including professional and amateur astronomy. 196 black-and-white illustrations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A classic reference, but a bit dry... 20 Sep 2005
By John Steidl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
After 50 years, this still probably packs more historical fact in one place than any other book on the history of telescopes. But it's also dry reading. Great for the serious amateur, but not for the casual reader. If you're looking for an entertaining historical account, that includes the politics and personalites behind the telescopes in addition to the dryer facts, try Fred Watson's new book, Stargazer: The Life and Times of the Telescope.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A somewhat dated reprint , but still excellent! 21 Jan 2004
By Rodger Raubach - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a case where the title pretty much says it all. This is a reprint of Henry C. King's classic , originally published in 1955.
The time span covers pretty much the beginnings of visual astronomy through the Mount Palomar 200" Hale telescope. A particularly interesting era is the 18th century , with many notable advances made in glass manufacture and beginning of very large reflecting telescopes in the hands of Sir William Herschel. As the author moves into the 19th century , the names of Joseph Fraunhofer and Alvan Clark take center stage.
The invention of many other auxilliary astronomical instruments are also included in this fine work.
There aren't many other works for comparison , so --- 5 stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic reprint 16 Sep 2012
By RAB - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A Dover reprint of a classic book on the history of telescopes, up to around 1950. Inexpensive, and well-worth having on your bookshelf if you're an amateur astronomer/telescope user.
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