Amateur Telescope Making

  • Editors
  • Stephen F. Tonkin

Part of the Practical Astronomy book series (PATRICKMOORE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Shoestring Telescopes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Steven Lee
      Pages 3-13
    3. Stephen Tonkin
      Pages 31-37
  3. Specialised Telescopes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Bratislav Curcic
      Pages 79-94
  4. Mounts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Chuck Shaw
      Pages 129-153
    3. Mel Bartels
      Pages 155-178
    4. Scott Wilson
      Pages 179-191
  5. Astrophotography

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Stephen Tonkin
      Pages 195-208
    3. David Johnson
      Pages 239-246
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 247-259

About this book


Many amateur astronomers make their own instruments, either because of financial considerations or because they are just interested. Amateur Telescope Making offers a variety of designs for telescopes, mounts and drives which are suitable for the home-constructor. The designs range from simple to advanced, but all are within the range of a moderately well-equipped home workshop. The book not only tells the reader what he can construct, but also what it is sensible to construct given what time is available commercially. Thus each chapter begins with reasons for undertaking the project, then looks at theoretical consideration before finishing with practical instructions and advice. An indication is given as to the skills required for the various projects. Appendices list reputable sources of (mail order) materials and components. The telescopes and mounts range from "shoestring" (very cheap) instruments to specialist devices that are unavailable commercially.


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Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London Limited 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-85233-000-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-0567-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-9756
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