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#26 starbux

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 12:07 PM

A verry, very good one,



Now this is curious. I entered a search for the book in the US Amazon site and in addition to Asimov's book, I found another book with the exact same title and almost the same cover design.

Did Patrick Moore rip off Asimov?

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#27 PhilCo126

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 02:58 PM

We should also mention:
The Dobsonian Telescope: A Practical Manual for Building Large Aperture Telescopes
by David Kriege & Richard Berry

#28 Alan A.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 12:52 PM

I had recommended the Respold above, and the book volumes themselves are quite good. I would like to add a word of caution to anyone purchasing these books: when my volumes arrived, they were underpacked in the shipping box. Volume 1 arrived intact, but Volume 2 had a big tear through the front of the paper book cover ( fortunately the book itself was intact). I notified the seller ( who is the publisher as well I believe) immediately, and he agreed ( in writing by email) to send me a replacement book cover for volume 2. I have not received the cover yet after months and he has not responded at all to my last two emails. Considering these books are not cheap (180 euros +shipping), and that the condition of the cover significantly affects the resale value of the books, and that the fault is his for underpacking - the whole situation seems completely unreasonable. I've never had a problem like this purchasing any book before - really, he's to cheap too send me a replacment book cover?

I'm posting this mainly to give everyone a heads up, but if anyone has any suggestions for recourse - I'm open to suggestions.

#29 PhilCo126

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 11:11 AM

Thanks for the headsup Alan,
When I will order I ask for a more expensive packing method!

Meanwhile 1 month to go for these http://www.eso.org/p.../category/book/

#30 Pollux556

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 12:28 PM

Now this is curious. I entered a search for the book in the US Amazon site and in addition to Asimov's book, I found another book with the exact same title and almost the same cover design.

Did Patrick Moore rip off Asimov?

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I noticed this when I was looking for the book Asimov

Strange.....

#31 Alan A.

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 07:13 PM

Out the blue the bookseller sent me an email stating he is shipping another dust jacket.

Those ESO books look good.

#32 PhilCo126

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 06:52 AM

Certainly Alan, those ESO books are long-awaited books and I volunteered to work on the Europe to the Stars Appendix which lists ALL telescopes used by ESO at several observatories including La Silla, Paranal and Chajnantor. A superb reference with details on mirror diameters/materials, first light dates etc... :jump:

#33 Alan A.

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 01:58 PM

I am going to put in a pre-order for a copy of your book.

This is a thread about good books on telescopes but here is a DVD that is worth mentioning -about the Allegheny observatory and its telescopes - I have a copy on order - it has not yet shipped so I haven't seen it yet
link to Undaunted

#34 Alan A.

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 09:56 PM

Here is an important new book on telescope design and construction,

Albert Highe's text

#35 PhilCo126

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 10:03 AM

The quality of these hardcovers, both on contents, photos and glossy print is superb!

50 years ESO Europe to the Stars - preview chapters:
http://www.eso.org/p...stars/book.html

and

The Jewel on the Mountaintop
http://www.eso.org/p...uct/book_jewel/

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 08:16 PM

top of the pile, authoritative and extremely dense: Reflecting Telescope Optics (2 volumes) by R.N. Wilson. a dense and at times very technical source, but indispensable.

Telescope Optics by Harrie Rutten & Martin van Venrooij is widely quoted on CN, and deserves to be.






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