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A Manual for Amateur Telescope Makers
A Manual for Amateur Telescope Makers—With Detailed Plans to Construct Three Different Telescopes is the first comprehensive mirror-making manual to appear in the English language in over 40 years.

The theme of this book is the fabrication of both the optics and mechanical parts for three different telescopes. The first is a Newtonian with a 130-mm f/9.2 primary mirror. It is especially designed for beginners, being both inexpensive and easy to make.

The second instrument is also a Newtonian reflector with a 250-mm f/4.3 primary mirror. This is an “all purpose telescope” which can provide a lifetime of viewing pleasure.

The third instrument is a 300-mm f/12 Cassegrain-coudé (or Nasmyth). This a project for the advanced telescope maker and features a long-focal-length mirror, a convex secondary, and a telescope window.

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Build Your Own Telescope
For anyone who has ever dreamed of exploring the heavens with a telescope, Build Your Own Telescope can make that dream come true. In clear, step-by-step instructions, author Richard Berry tells how to build five telescopes, from a simple reflecting telescope suitable for a parent and child to build together to a "research-grade" 10-inch telescope capable of sustaining a lifetime's interest in astronomy. Detailed instructions include complete plans and photographs that show how anyone can construct a powerful telescope with ordinary household tools and materials.

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How to Make a Telescope
The first edition of How to Make a Telescope was universally acclaimed as the best book ever written for making a Newtonian telescope. This 2nd Edition is almost three times larger and adds to the original text new chapters on making a Cassegrainian telescope, optical windows, and equatorial mounts. Chapters on eyepieces and astronomical seeing have been expanded. Computer programs written in generic BASIC for reduction of Foucault test data. Included are indexes for the three principle magazines that carry telescope making information: Sky and Telescope's "Gleanings for ATM's" from November 1941 through June 1998, Scientific American magazine from 1925 through 1959 and the complete run of Telescope Making magazine. This book is the most complete single work available on making reflecting telescopes.

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Telescope Optics
This book will both arouse your curiosity and answer your questions. Why are there so many different kinds of telescopes? What does each type have to offer? What makes one telescope better than another? Which are best? Why? What are the tradeoffs? As a telescope buyer, you will be better informed; as a telescope maker, you will be able to design custom optics.

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The Dobsonian Telescope
The Dobsonian Telescope, A Practical Manual for Building Large Aperture Telescopes tells how you can build a state-of-the-art Dobsonian telescope using readily available materials and supplies. Every step of construction is detailed in photographs and diagrams, and the underlying ideas are carefully explained. As a result of this three-year collaboration between authors David Kriege and Richard Berry, experienced and well-known telescope makers, you now have the opportunity to build a high-performance telescope from 14 inches to 40 inches aperture based on the thoroughly tested designs described in this book.

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