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Telescopes

  • Galileo's Visionsby Marco Piccolino; Nicholas J. Wade

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 48.99

    Galileo is known as a pioneer of science - especially of mechanics and astronomy - but far less attention has been paid to his work on the senses generally, and more specifically on vision. In this book, two experts on the history of science look at the novel ways in which Galileo looked at the heavens through his telescope, and, in the process, emphasised... more...

  • A Buyer's and User's Guide to Astronomical Telescopes and Binocularsby James Mullaney

    Springer 2013; US$ 39.99

    Amateur astronomers of all skill levels are always contemplating their next telescope, and this book points the way to the most suitable instruments. Similarly, those who are buying their first telescopes 'and these days not necessarily a low-cost one' will be able to compare and contrast different types and manufacturers. This exciting and revised... more...

  • Choosing and Using Astronomical Eyepiecesby William Paolini

    Springer 2013; US$ 44.99

    A valuable reference that fills a number of niches including that of a buyer's guide, technical desk reference and observer's field guide. It documents the past market and its evolution, right up to the present day. In addition to appealing to practical astronomers - and potentially saving them money - it is useful both as a historical... 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Astronomy with a Budget Telescopeby Patrick Moore; John Watson

    Springer 2012; US$ 34.95

    "Astronomy with a Budget Telescope, 2nd Edition" is a complete introduction to buying and using a low-cost amateur astronomical telescope. It provides essential hints and tips about what to look for when buying on a budget - the best are now excellent value, but they all lack an astronomer's advice about setting them up and using them.... more...

  • Eyes on the Skiesby Govert Schilling; Lars Lindberg Christensen

    Wiley 2011; US$ 32.95

    Adopted as the official book of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) 2009, this stunningly illustrated history of telescopic discovery spans the range from the first telescopes via the Hubble Space Telescope to next generation platforms, and how they have changed and continue to change our view of the universe, our place in it and where it all... 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...