Choosing and Using a Dobsonian Telescope

  • Neil English

Part of the Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. The Dobsonian Telescope

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Neil English
      Pages 3-12
    3. Neil English
      Pages 13-31
    4. Neil English
      Pages 33-57
    5. Neil English
      Pages 59-78
    6. Neil English
      Pages 79-97
    7. Neil English
      Pages 99-120
    8. Neil English
      Pages 121-150
    9. Neil English
      Pages 151-166
  3. Using Your Dobsonian

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Neil English
      Pages 169-189
    3. Neil English
      Pages 201-212
    4. Neil English
      Pages 213-220
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 221-232

About this book


In the 1980’s, on the sidewalks of San Francisco, amateur astronomer John Dobson began showing throngs of people how to build and use large aperture scopes, often from scraps. The Dobsonian,‘Dobs,’ are now the best-selling large telescopes in the world. There are a great variety of different Dob styles, ranging from elaborate and decorative creations to simple mass market designs, and new models appear all the time. In this title, Neil English presents the ultimate guide to buying and using a commercial Dobsonian for recreational astronomy. He provides in-depth accounts of the various models (plus accessories) on the market – both economy and premium – together with describing the wealth of innovations that amateurs have made to their Dobs to optimize their performance in the field.

Even after thirty years of innovation, the Dobsonian Revolution shows no signs of abating. Find out where the future lies for these large aperture ‘scopes and the exciting avenues John Dobson’s vision will take us down in the coming years.


Deep sky astronomical equipment Deep sky visual astronomy Dobsonian telescopes John Dobson Meade reflector telescopes

Authors and affiliations

  • Neil English
    • 1
  1. 1.GlasgowUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-8785-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-8786-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-9756
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