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Adjustment and Testing of Telescope Objectives 5th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0852747568
ISBN-10: 085274756X
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 95 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 5th edition (January 1, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085274756X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852747568
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,397,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Herbert H. Highstone on July 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
Mr. H. Dennis Taylor was an early British pioneer in the design of optical systems. And this book on the adjustment and testing of telescope objectives was considered for a long time to be a classic in its field.
However, today's telescope users will definitely be disappointed in this book. Optical concepts, designs, and terminology have changed so much in the last 100 years that most of this book will be completely irrelevant to today's telescope users. In fact, most of the optical science in this book is so utterly obsolete that even an optical engineer may be hard pressed to discover exactly what Mr. Taylor is talking about.
There is absolutely nothing at all in this book about modern optical coatings, apochromatic refractors, plossl or orthoscopic eyepieces, electrically driven mounts, or digital imaging. The optics and telescopes described here belong in a museum. Mr. Taylor even indulges in a bizarre diatribe criticizing the knife-edge test, which has been a standard optical method ever since the early 1900s. And Taylor's strong pro-British bias ensures that next to nothing is said about any non-British opticians such as the famous German and American telescope makers.
Only historians with a special interest in 19th British century telescopes will have any use for this book. Of much greater value to anyone interested in older telescopes would be "The History of the Telescope" by Henry King, and also "The Telescope" by Louis Bell. "Star Testing of Astronomical Telescopes" by Harold Suiter is the indispensible reference for anyone who wants to test and adjust a modern telescope.
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