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About this book
About this book
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.
Introduction.- Shoestring Telescopes: A 6" f/5 Telescope. Skinflint: a 15.5" f/6 Reflector. An 80mm RFT Refractor.- Specialised Telescopes: Building a High-contrast Planetary Newtonian. A Collapsible Refractor. The Construction of a Buchroeder Quad-Shiefspiegler. A Wright Camera. A Ball-scope - the best portable telescope Mounts. A Cylindrical Bearing Equatorial Platform. A Computerised Dobsonian. Parallelogram Binocular Mount.- Astrophotography: A Better Barn Door. 'Skypod'- a Simple Sky-tracker. Building and Using a Cookbook CCD Camera. A Telescope Controller for Synchronous Motors.- Appendices.
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From the reviews "... 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."