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Telescope Making Books

Need information and tips on amateur telescope making techniques? Check out these great books on amateur telescope and mirror making.

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  1. Telescope Optics: A Comprehensive Manual for Amateur Astronomers

    Telescope Optics: A Comprehensive Manual for Amateur Astronomers

    $29.95

    This book will both arouse your curiosity and answer your questions. Why are there so many different kinds of telescopes? What does each type have to offer? What makes one telescope better than another? Which are best? Why? What are the tradeoffs? As a telescope buyer, you will be better informed; as a telescope maker, you will be able to design custom optics.
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  2. Telescope Control
  3. Star Testing Astronomical Telescopes: A Manual for Optical Evaluation and Adjustment Second Edition

    Star Testing Astronomical Telescopes: A Manual for Optical Evaluation and Adjustment Second Edition

    $34.95

    Testing your optics to confirm quality is obvious. What is less straightforward is the way of testing. Telescope makers can use a variety of techniques, but ordinary telescope users find that learning a workshop method is difficult. They have only one mirror that doesn't change, so it is easier to test it on the sky. The star test is a good way of evaluating instruments for one-time users.
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  4. The Schupmann Telescope, The Story, Design, Construction and Use of a Neglected Telescope Type
  5. Making a Refractor Telescope: How to Design, Grind, Polish, Test, Correct and Mount a Doublet Lens

    Making a Refractor Telescope: How to Design, Grind, Polish, Test, Correct and Mount a Doublet Lens

    $34.95

    Making a Refractor Telescope is a hands-on book for the amateur who has always thought making a refractor was too difficult to even consider. Includes Excel® Spreadsheet Ray Tracing Programs on CD-ROM.
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  6. How to Make a Telescope
  7. The Dobsonian Telescope: A Practical Manual for Building Large Aperture Telescopes

    The Dobsonian Telescope: A Practical Manual for Building Large Aperture Telescopes

    $29.95

    Here are some of the topics covered in this book: •Deciding what size telescope will suit your needs •Ordering optics for a large Dobsonian •Understanding plywood and how to use it properly •Making a flotation cell to support the primary mirror •Figuring how long to cut the poles for the truss tube •Constructing precision truss tube sockets •Performing torque analysis for first-time balance •Installing precision digital setting circles •Setting up and taking down the telescope •How to collimate your optics correctly
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  8. Building a Roll-Off Roof Observatory

    Building a Roll-Off Roof Observatory

    Regular Price: $59.95

    Special Price $49.95

    - Written by a professional Senior Landscape Architect, who is also an experienced astronomer of 25 years - The author has designed and built his own observatory, as well as many others - Full scale observatories exist to demonstrate the feasibility of the designs - Full scale plans included on CD-ROM - A "must" for anyone even contemplating building a roll-off roof observatory
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  9. The Best of Amateur Telescope Making Journal Volume 2

    The Best of Amateur Telescope Making Journal Volume 2

    $29.95

    Includes articles about: - A 22-Inch Portable Telescope - Choosing a Wide-Field Telescope - Making Large Thin Mirrors - An Experimental Portable Observatory - Mirror Making and Testing Hints - Mirror-O-Matic Polisher/Grinder - Digital Knife-Edge Test Reduction - Design and Construction of a Modern Herschelian - Scrap Parts and the Life of the ATM - Figuring a Schmidt Corrector - A General-Purpose Yolo You Can Build - Evolution of a 10 x 70 Binocular - Test Methods for Elliptical and Spherical TCT Mirrors - An 8-inch Siderostat Refractor - An Ultralight Portable Dobsonian - The Multi-Schiefspiegler - A Binocular Singlet Refractor - Phase Contrast Testing - A Flat Tester Right Under Your Nose - A Portable Polar Siderostat - Lurie Anastigmats
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  10. The Best of Amateur Telescope Making Journal Volume 1

    The Best of Amateur Telescope Making Journal Volume 1

    $29.95

    Includes articles about: - Unobstructed Reflecting Telescopes - 17.5-Inch Binocular - A Schupmann Medial Telescope - A Wood and Aluminum Split-Ring Telescope - Industrial Fabrication of Small Lenses - Sub-Aperture Maksutov Correctors - The Stevick-Paul Off-Axis Reflecting Telescope - A New Equatorial Platform Design - The Eye and the Use of Telescope Optics - Improve Your Telrad - The Krupa Collimator - Telescopes For CCD Imaging - The Maksutov Telescope: Past and Present - Binocular Collimation - Tips for the Big Dobsonian Builder - The Voyager Binocular Telescope - Veiling Glare - Making Schmidt Correctors - YOLO Reflector - Annular Baffles for Barlow Lenses - Rangefinders and Stereo Telescopes
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