Astronomy with Small Telescopes

Up to 5-inch, 125mm

  • Stephen F. Tonkin

Part of the Patrick Moore’s Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Refractors

    1. Stephen Tonkin
      Pages 3-15
    2. Robert Hatch
      Pages 17-26
    3. Stephen Tonkin
      Pages 27-34
  3. Reflectors

  4. Catadioptrics

    1. Michael L. Weasner
      Pages 103-127
    2. Stephen Tonkin
      Pages 129-146
  5. Radio

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 155-157

About this book


Small telescopes have a lot to recommend them.
Cost is of course a consideration, but their most positive feature is sheer portability. Some manufacturers have tried to make large telescopes more portable (with mixed success), but the opposite approach, that of making small telescopes more effective, is what this book is all about.
Good 2-inch (60mm) telescopes are now available for beginners, and major American manufacturers now offer small, affordable computer-controlled instruments that are capable of superb results.
Stephen Tonkin has gathered the experience of users of small telescopes to provide an insight into just what is possible - for newcomers to astronomy or experienced observers who simply want to use a small, really portable telescope.


astronomy deep-sky instruments observational telescope

Editors and affiliations

  • Stephen F. Tonkin
    • 1
  1. 1.Alderholt, FordingbridgeUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-85233-629-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-0229-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-9756
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