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#1 PhilCo126

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 02:52 PM

Which (good) books do You have on astronomical observatories?
I will start the list with these 3 superb books with large color photos on almost every page.
I'm also collecting the book each observatory is issuing (e.g. Visitor Guide to Kitt Peak) so those also count :cool:

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 04:02 AM

Maybe this topic has to be replaced to the " Off Topic Observatory " ?
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Posted 17 July 2008 - 10:11 AM

Phil, I believe it's fine right here. The books are about Observatories, & that's what we are interested in.

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 01:46 PM

O.K. Carol, I'll continue with three more books:

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Posted 18 July 2008 - 04:56 AM

O.K. Carol, I'll continue with three more books

I've some of that 'pro' selection - here's some of mine eg Springer series of many amateur domes/ RoF ;)

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Posted 18 July 2008 - 09:05 AM

Speaking as a member, I'm really enjoying these selections of books, & am going to add some to my library. Thanks for sharing them, as well as the great photos!

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 01:31 PM

Here's a new book on US Observatories in the SouthWest... due by October/December, it will certainly be the best gift underneath the Christmas Tree :graduate:

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 02:09 PM

Philip, that's an interesting basewall shown on the cover of "Sternwarten der Welt." Perhaps its "scrunched lighthouse" look could be adapted for amateur use. What observatory is that - and do they have a website?

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 02:29 PM

I've made this thread a sticky; feel free to post more books on observatories, as you find them.

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 01:08 PM

That's the Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory... an observatory I still didn't visit. The frontcover image shows the large dome of the 2.60 m telescope (notice stairs on side).
See: http://www.bao.am/

Questions on observatories, tech aspects of worldwide telescopes? Just ask :graduate:

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 01:20 PM

Great to see this as a "sticky" topic so I'm curious to see which books will show up from other cN forum members who love to visit the worldwide "cathedrales of science"...
Here're 2 more books on quasi identical telescopes:

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 01:59 PM

Thanks again Carol for making this a "sticky" topic :jump:

Here're 4 more books on large US observatories; Palomar, Mt Wilson, Kitt Peak and Mauna Kea...

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 02:55 PM

You are most welcome!

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 02:50 PM

A couple from the "out of print" dept, but can be found second hand on ABE or Amazon- Happy Hunting :)

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 11:35 AM

Kiwisailor!,
Both of the books you show above, are the only books I have on Observatories!! Granted, they are old, and I'm sure the newer Springer books have much more useful info! They are the start of a great little 'observatory' book collection!!

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 05:16 AM

Not books but...
IYA-2009 still has 4 months to go, let's remember it with 2 IYA 2009 must-have DVDs :

http://www.shoppbs.o...oductId=3519061
and
http://www.cfht.hawa...t/trailer2.html

Best regards,
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Posted 06 September 2009 - 05:01 AM

Two more "classic" books on the Palomar observatory:

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 05:09 AM

And 2 more on the home of world's largest refractor (40 inch Clark refractor = 1.04 meter) at Yerkes Observatory - Wisconsin:

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 05:12 AM

Some, nowadays, hard-to-find booklets on US observatories easy accessible to the general public;

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 05:21 AM

Let's not forget that the first observatories with telescopes & instruments opened in the late 17th century (Renaissance period) with in 1667 Observatoire de Paris (France) & 1675 Greenwich Royal Observatory (Great Britain);

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 05:25 AM

Some booklets on French observatories (South of France):

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:07 AM

O.K. Carol, I'll continue with three more books

I've some of that 'pro' selection - here's some of mine eg Springer series of many amateur domes/ RoF ;)


I noticed that this picture of the books is missing...anyone know what books were being recommended?

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:15 AM

The books are Small Astronomical Observatories, More Small Astronomical Observatories and Setting Up A Small Observatory, Alien. They show up OK for me.

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 08:14 AM

They show up for me also; it's on Alien's computer end.

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 10:28 AM

Nice booklets on the Lick Observatory (California) and the McDonald Observatory (Texas):

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