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#1 PhilCo126

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 08:57 AM

Does cN.com already have a listing & topic on really good books on telescopes?
Allow me to point out a few as a starter:

Telescopes through the looking glass
Marvin Bolt - Adler Planetarium 2009
Excellent book with great pictures of early telescopes

Unusual Telescopes
Peter Manly - Cambridge University Press 1995
Small book with photos of world's most amazing telescopes

The History of the telescope
Henry King - Cambridge Sky Pub 1955
Probably the best book on telescopes ever written


Also check the topic on really good books on astronomical observatories :p
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 01:47 PM

Telescopes for Skygazing, 1965, Henry E. Paul.

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 05:31 PM

A verry, very good one,

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#4 jsiska

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 09:39 PM

ALL ABOUT TELESCOPES by Sam Brown, Edmund Scientific Company, (Barrington, NJ., 1967, 1975, & again in 1976).

TELESCOPES FOR SKYGAZING by Henry E. Paul, American Photographic Book Publishing Co., Inc, (New York, 1966).

HOW TO MAKE A TELESCOPE by Jean Texereau, Willmann-Bell, Inc., (Richmond, VA., 1984).

STAR WARE by Phillip S. Harrington, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., (New York, 1994).
[And also the 2nd, (1998); 3rd, (2002); & 4th, (2007) editions].


THE BACKYARD ASTRONOMER’S GUIDE, by Terence Dickinson & Alan Dyer, Camden House Publishing, Camden House Publishing, Camden East, (Ontario, 1991).
[And also the {Totally} Revised Edition, 2002].

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 06:56 PM

Hi, also excellent are:

Stargazer
Acre of glass
Perfect machine

All are superb.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 09:06 PM

"Realm of the Long Eyes" by James Kloeppel is a nice book on the history of Kitt Peak, featuring chapters on several of the scopes including the McMath Pierce and the Mayall.

"The Perfect Machine" by Ronald Florence is an excellent book about the building of the 200 inch on Mount Palomar.

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 04:25 AM

Most of the above are about "Observatories" see topic:
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 08:19 PM

I just discoverd Amateur Telescope Making by Albert Ingalls, with the forward by Dr. Harlow Shapley at the used book store today. It was the original hardback version from 1928 and in old but solid condition. I think I should go and get it. It looks like it needs a good home.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 01:58 PM

ALL ABOUT TELESCOPES by Sam Brown, Edmund Scientific Company, (Barrington, NJ., 1967, 1975, & again in 1976).

TELESCOPES FOR SKYGAZING by Henry E. Paul, American Photographic Book Publishing Co., Inc, (New York, 1966).

HOW TO MAKE A TELESCOPE by Jean Texereau, Willmann-Bell, Inc., (Richmond, VA., 1984).

STAR WARE by Phillip S. Harrington, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., (New York, 1994).
[And also the 2nd, (1998); 3rd, (2002); & 4th, (2007) editions].


THE BACKYARD ASTRONOMER’S GUIDE, by Terence Dickinson & Alan Dyer, Camden House Publishing, Camden House Publishing, Camden East, (Ontario, 1991).
[And also the {Totally} Revised Edition, 2002].


Yesss!!!...totally recommend the "Backyard Astronomer's Guide :bow: :jump:!"....

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 04:27 PM

Grandpa Gene’s Favorite Astronomy Books

All About Telescopes, Brown
Astronomical Calendar, Ottewell
Burnham’s Celestial Handbook, 3 Vols.
Celestial Sampler, French
Meiser Marathon, Pennington
Night watch, Dickenson
Observing Handbook and Catalogue of
Deep Sky Objects, Luginbuhl
Sky and Telescope Pocket Sky Atlas
Star Hopping, Garfinkle
Starlight Nights, Peltier
Star Ware, Harrington
The Cambridge Star Atlas, Tiron
The Dobson Telescope, Kriege/Berry
The Light-Hearted Astronomer, Fulton
The Monthly Sky Guide, Ridpath
The Night Sky Observer’s Guide, Vols 1, 2
Turn Left at Orion, Consolmagno
Unusual Telescopes, Manly
365 Starry Nights, Raymo

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 06:39 PM

Grandpa Gene’s Favorite Astronomy Books

All About Telescopes, Brown
Astronomical Calendar, Ottewell
Burnham’s Celestial Handbook, 3 Vols.
Celestial Sampler, French
Meiser Marathon, Pennington
Night watch, Dickenson
Observing Handbook and Catalogue of
Deep Sky Objects, Luginbuhl
Sky and Telescope Pocket Sky Atlas
Star Hopping, Garfinkle
Starlight Nights, Peltier
Star Ware, Harrington
The Cambridge Star Atlas, Tiron
The Dobson Telescope, Kriege/Berry
The Light-Hearted Astronomer, Fulton
The Monthly Sky Guide, Ridpath
The Night Sky Observer’s Guide, Vols 1, 2
Turn Left at Orion, Consolmagno
Unusual Telescopes, Manly
365 Starry Nights, Raymo


and how many of these books deal with only telescopes, the differences between various types of telescopes, which type is better for which type of object, etc., etc

What are some really good books on telescopes?

#12 PhilCo126

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 10:56 AM

The History of the telescope
Henry King - Cambridge Sky Pub 1955
Probably the best book on telescopes ever written... but it needs a 21st century update :graduate:

If You're interested in the really large telescopes ( 10 m class and larger ), check:

The scientific requirements for Extremely Large telescopes
Patricia Whitelock
2006 Cambridge University Press

Future Giant Telescopes
J Roger, P angel and Roberto Gilmozzi
2002 SPIE Volume 4840

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#13 Alan A.

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 12:05 PM

Those two books look interesting, i have ordered them.

I can also recommend:
The telescope by Bell
Instrument makers to the world Mcconnell
Artists in optics
Der meister und die fernrohre - the classic german text, the new version has several excellent chapters in english
Long route to the invention of the telescope-willach- a fascinating read
The invention of the telescope-albert van helden
Reflecting telescope optics-rn wilson - which includes an excellent history of reflecting telescopes.

There's a lot out there!

Alan

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:00 AM

Another great triplet book:
The future of small telescopes in the New Millennium
Vol I Perceptions, Productivities and Policies
Vol II The Telescopes we use
Vol III Science in the Shadows of Giants

by Terry Oswalt (editor)

#15 Alan A.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 11:28 AM

Wow - this triplet set is expensive.

Just recieved the book done by the Adler - really great pictures. It was surprising to read that only a dozen telescopes are known to exist from the period prior to 1650.

Another great book on telescopes with very nice pictures is
Warner and Swasey " a few astronomical instruments"

#16 Alan French

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 07:35 AM

You can find a brand new and, I expect, a very welcome addition to the literature here. I've certainly been looking forward to it.

Clear skies, Alan

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 07:37 AM

Two recent general themed "telescope/observatory" books:

The Principles of Astronomical Telescope Design (Jinqquan Cheng)

New Eyes on the Universe: Twelve Cosmic Mysteries and the Tools We Need to Solve Them (Stephen Webb)

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#18 Alan A.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 10:51 AM

Here's a superbly written book by Gillespie on the melbourne telescope , pictures are also excellent, one of my favorite new books.
" the great melbourne telescope"
Not available through amazon,
You have to call the melboune museum gift shop
011 61 3 8341 7620

#19 RogerC

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 06:09 PM

The Gillespie book on the Great Melbourne Telescope is really great! Highly recommend it.

For those with a historical bent, John Herschel's book, "The Telescope," from ~1860 which you can find free on Google Books or the Internet Archive is quite fascinating.

Henry King's "The History of the Telescope" is a good read with lots of info. But it does have bloopers and is best for developments in England and the USA. King wrote it about ~1950, and its coverage of Germany, France, and elsewhere is not so complete.

Fred Watson's book, "Life and Times of the Telescope," is a good read too, I think.

Rolf Riekher's "Fernrohre und ihre Meister" [Telescopes and their Master Makers] is probably currently the best thing, but is in German. Rumor is that there's an English translation underway which will be pretty up-to-date when complete.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 06:32 PM

Perhaps not quite what you're looking for, but there is a three part cyclopaedia of telescope makers that is fun and interesting and available on line. Part one can be found here.

Clear skies, Alan

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 12:06 AM

Don't forget "First Light" the wonderful history of the Hale Telescope.

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 09:12 AM

The Gillespie book on the Great Melbourne Telescope is really great! Highly recommend it.

For those with a historical bent, John Herschel's book, "The Telescope," from ~1860 which you can find free on Google Books or the Internet Archive is quite fascinating...
Roger


Roger, I would really like to read this book but could not find it on either site that you mentioned above. Could you or someone else point me in the right direction? I've used both sites, especially Google Books, in the past. Thanks for your help, -Jason

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 10:06 AM

Upcoming book:
Classic Telescopes: A Guide to Collecting, Restoring, and Using Telescopes of Yesteryear
By Neil english (Springer - 30 Sep 2012)
ISBN-13: 978-1461444237

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 07:58 AM

Not specific on telescope hardware, but this book has great illustrations. By the way there's one in the works on the history of European and American Amateur astronomers!
The Victorian Amateur Astronomer: independent astronomical research in Britain 1820-1920

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 03:38 PM

The Chapman book looks intriguing.

Who's writing the one one american and european astronomers?

I can also recommend this 2 volume set - its in german, but the plates are superb, especially the second volume:
http://repsold.de/seite/buch-vorschau/






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