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Telescopes

  • Integrated Modeling of Telescopesby Torben Andersen; Anita Enmark

    Springer 2011; US$ 229.00

    Ground- or space-based telescopes are becoming increasingly more complex and construction budgets are typically in the billion dollar range. Facing costs of this magnitude, availability of engineering tools for prediction of performance and design optimization is imperative. Establishment of simulation models combining different technical disciplines... more...

  • Amateur Telescope Making in the Internet Ageby Robert L. Clark

    Springer 2010; US$ 34.95

    Building an astronomical telescope offers the amateur astronomer an exciting challenge, with the possibility of ending up with a far bigger and better telescope than could have been afforded otherwise. In the past, the starting point has always been the grinding and polishing of at least the primary mirror, a difficult and immensely time-consuming... more...

  • How to Use a Computerized Telescope: Volume 1by Michael A. Covington

    Cambridge University Press 2002; US$ 48.00

    The first handbook that describes how to start observing the sky with a computerized telescope. more...

  • The Great Refractor of Meudon Observatoryby Audouin Dollfus

    Springer 2013; US$ 129.00

    The large telescope at Meudon has become legendary. When it was conceived, after 1870, astronomy as a whole was limited to visual observation. Knowledge of the sky was limited to what one could see, assisted only by optical means. The large telescopes produced at this time produced larger images, permitting close-up views: the Meudon telescope was... more...

  • Classic Telescopesby Neil English

    Springer 2012; US$ 39.95

    Classic telescopes are of interest to amateur astronomers for a variety of reasons. There are the dedicated collectors, but there are also many amateurs who love the nostalgia they inspire. These telescopes "feel" different from any contemporary telescope and perhaps have a unique ability to reconnect the owner to a bygone age of craftmanship.... more...

  • Choosing and Using a Refracting Telescopeby Neil English

    Springer 2010; US$ 39.95

    Choosing and Using a Refracting Telescope has been written for the many amateur astronomers who already own, or are intending to purchase, a refracting telescope -- perhaps to complement their existing arsenal of larger reflecting telescopes -- or for the specialist who requires a particular refractor for serious astronomical applications or nature... more...

  • Francis Watkins and the Dollond Telescope Patent Controversyby Brian Gee; Anita McConnell; A. D. Morrison-Low

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 154.95

    Working from original documents consulted for the first time, Brian Gee has uncovered the life and times of an eighteenth-century mathematical and optical instrument maker, Francis Watkins, who played an important role in one of the most significant legal cases to touch this profession, the patenting of the achromatic lens in telescopes. The book explains... more...

  • The Great Melbourne Telescopeby Richard Gillespie

    Museum Victoria 2011; US$ 23.99

    Erected at Melbourne Observatory in 1869, the telescope was the second largest in the world, designed to explore the nature of the nebulae in the southern skies. Richard Gillespie, head of the History and Technology department at the Melbourne museum has written an entertaining account of the telescope’s extraordinary history and tells the story... more...

  • Telescopes and Techniquesby C. R. Kitchin

    Springer 2012; US$ 59.95

    "Telescopes and Techniques" has proved itself in its first edition, having become probably one of the most widely used astronomy texts, both for numerate amateur astronomers and for astronomy and astrophysics undergraduates. The first and second editions of the book were widely used as set texts for introductory practical astronomy courses... more...