Product Code: 1009532

Amateur Telescope Making (Patrick Moore`s Practical Astronomy Series)

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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.

Table of Contents


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

T the best portable telescope Mounts.
A Cylindrical Bearing Equatorial Platform.
A Computerised Dobsonian.
Parallelogram Binocular Mount.

A Better Barn Door.
'Skypod'- a Simple Sky-tracker.
Building and Using a Cookbook CCD Camera.
A Telescope Controller for Synchronous Motors.


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Product Specification

Author Stephen F. Tonkin BSc PGCE
Format Paperback
Year Published 1998
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