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Amateur Telescope Making (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series) Paperback – 4 Oct 2013

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 1999 edition (4 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852330007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852330002
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,664,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"... Stephen Tonkin (has) added a worthy contribution to the collective wisdom of amateur astronomy ...."
SKY & TELESCOPE

 

SKY & TELESCOPE
"…Tonkin has assembled a potpourri of excellent do-it-yourself projects, ranging from small refractors and simple rich-field telescopes to large instruments with tilted-component optics and a high-performance, home-built, computer-controlled telescope…will appeal strongly to mid-level amateur astronomers, whether they are equipment buyers or builders. Novices should find much to marvel at, and advanced amateurs will appreciate the useful and timely insights into the current technology of telescopes and sensors…[a] worthy addition to the ever-growing literature of telescopes and telescope making.”

REVIEWS OF ASTRONOMICAL TOOLS
"The book is a nice collection of interesting ideas on telescopes and accessories for the do-it-yourself astronomer.”

NEW SCIENTIST
"For advice on how to get going, look no further than two excellent books – AMATEUR TELESCOPE MAKING and ASTRONOMICAL EQUIPMENT FOR AMATEURS…Highly recommended.”

From the Author

Fifteen Projects for the modern Amateur Telescope Maker
Despite the title, this multi-contributor book is about a lot more than just making telescopes. The 15 projects, each presented by someone who has actually built it, are in four sections:

# Shoestring Telescopes; three telescopes which can be built for minimum monetary outlay.

# Specialised Telescopes; five telescopes, each of which is optimised for a specific purpose.

# Mounts; a mount for binoculars and mounts which enable photography with dobsonians.

# Astrophotography; camera mounts, a CCD camera, and a drive-motor controller... not intended as a replacement for other modern ATM books, but rather as a supplement. It does not cover optical work and testing, or modern "dobsonian technology", all of which are adequately covered in some excellent current publications listed in the bibliography. _Amateur Telescope Making_ can be used either as an instruction manual for the projects therein or as a source of ideas for your own next project. Although many of the projects will be within the capabilities of a beginner, some, particularly the specialised telescopes, would be better attempted by someone with some ATM experience. END

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I bought this book in the hope that it would guide me through building a telescope with detailed plans and part lists (with suppliers IN THE UK), however, after reading the first section on building shoestring telescopes I found the information insufficient and unhelpful, the later chapters were too ambitious for my below-amateur status. What an amateur needs is a step-by-step guide to building a telescope, not a short rambling chapter... In summary this book tells the reader more about the author than about the process of building a telescope. Maybe I'm just too much of an amateur, but I will be looking elsewhere for guidance...
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If you have some ATM experience, or if you are looking for inspiration, then this is a very good book. It does not cover basic optical work because, as the editor says in the introduction, this is very well covered elsewhere. Get Texereau for this. Some of the projects will require you to use your own imagination and creativity. Others, particularly the mounts and drives, walk you through in great detail. At the other end of the scale, some of the optical projects are not for the squeamish! This book is a supplement, not a substitute, to a collection of modern ATM literature.
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I've been into astronomy for a few years now and wish I'd come across this book sooner. It is full of useful tips and hints to help the observer with a multitude of projects. I for one will be spending quite some time knocking a few things together based on the ideas in this book. Don't expect step by step instructions - do expect to be stimulated into action.
I'm very happy with this book and continually refer to it.
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