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Really good books on telescopes
      #5125137 - 03/16/12 09:57 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
http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Board/Observatory/Number/2520765/page/0/view/collapsed/sb/5/o/o/fpart/all


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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: PhilCo126]
      #5125631 - 03/16/12 02:47 PM

Telescopes for Skygazing, 1965, Henry E. Paul.

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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: PhilCo126]
      #5125996 - 03/16/12 06:31 PM

A verry, very good one,



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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: Pollux556]
      #5126294 - 03/16/12 10:39 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 ASTRONOMERíS 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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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: PhilCo126]
      #5129235 - 03/18/12 07:56 PM

Hi, also excellent are:

Stargazer
Acre of glass
Perfect machine

All are superb.

Alan


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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: alancygnusx2]
      #5129429 - 03/18/12 10:06 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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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: gravitino]
      #5129800 - 03/19/12 05:25 AM

Most of the above are about "Observatories" see topic:
http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Board/Observatory/Number/2520765/page/0/view/collapsed/sb/5/o/o/fpart/all


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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: PhilCo126]
      #5131197 - 03/19/12 09:19 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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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: jsiska]
      #5135665 - 03/22/12 02:58 PM

Quote:

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 ASTRONOMERíS 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 !"....


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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: PhilCo126]
      #5135892 - 03/22/12 05:27 PM

Grandpa Geneís Favorite Astronomy Books

All About Telescopes, Brown
Astronomical Calendar, Ottewell
Burnhamís 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 Observerís Guide, Vols 1, 2
Turn Left at Orion, Consolmagno
Unusual Telescopes, Manly
365 Starry Nights, Raymo


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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: GeneT]
      #5136105 - 03/22/12 07:39 PM

Quote:

Grandpa Geneís Favorite Astronomy Books

All About Telescopes, Brown
Astronomical Calendar, Ottewell
Burnhamís 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 Observerís 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?


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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: blb]
      #5137017 - 03/23/12 11:56 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

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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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: PhilCo126]
      #5140507 - 03/25/12 01:05 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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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: alancygnusx2]
      #5145414 - 03/28/12 12:00 PM

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)


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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: PhilCo126]
      #5147069 - 03/29/12 12:28 PM

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"


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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: alancygnusx2]
      #5152874 - 04/02/12 08:35 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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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: Alan French]
      #5196124 - 04/29/12 08:37 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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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: PhilCo126]
      #5196430 - 04/29/12 11:51 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


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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: alancygnusx2]
      #5200689 - 05/01/12 07:09 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.

Cheers,
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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: RogerC]
      #5200725 - 05/01/12 07:32 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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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: RogerC]
      #5201159 - 05/02/12 01:06 AM

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

Eric


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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: RogerC]
      #5201519 - 05/02/12 10:12 AM

Quote:

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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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: Svezda]
      #5245446 - 05/29/12 11:06 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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      #5250115 - 06/01/12 08:58 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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      #5250748 - 06/01/12 04:38 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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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: Pollux556]
      #5252032 - 06/02/12 01:07 PM

Quote:

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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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: starbux]
      #5273150 - 06/15/12 03:58 PM

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


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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: PhilCo126]
      #5300684 - 07/03/12 01:52 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.


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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: alancygnusx2]
      #5303677 - 07/05/12 12:11 PM

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/public/shop/category/book/


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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: starbux]
      #5303785 - 07/05/12 01:28 PM

Quote:


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?







I noticed this when I was looking for the book Asimov

Strange.....


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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: PhilCo126]
      #5304294 - 07/05/12 08:13 PM

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

Those ESO books look good.


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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: alancygnusx2]
      #5304955 - 07/06/12 07:52 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...

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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: PhilCo126]
      #5305551 - 07/06/12 02:58 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


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      #5313529 - 07/11/12 10:56 PM

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

Albert Highe's text


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      #5492938 - 10/28/12 11:03 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/public/outreach/50years/europetothestars/book.html

and

The Jewel on the Mountaintop
http://www.eso.org/public/shop/product/book_jewel/


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Re: Really good books on telescopes new [Re: PhilCo126]
      #5499948 - 11/01/12 09:16 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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