- Hardcover: 475 pages
- Publisher: Willmann-Bell; 1st English ed edition (June 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0943396557
- ISBN-13: 978-0943396552
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Dobsonian Telescope: A Practical Manual for Building Large Aperture Telescopes 1st English ed Edition
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This book tells how you can build a state-of-the-art Dobsonian telescope using readily available materials and supplies. Every step of construction is detailedin photographs and diagrams, and the underlying ideas are carefully explained. As a result of this three-year collaboration between authors David Kriege and Richard Berry, experienced and well-known telescope makers, you now have the opportunity to build a high-performance telescope from 14 inches to 40 inches aperture based on the thoroughly tested designs described in this book. The Dobsonian telescope takes its name from the astronomer/philosopher John Dobson, who introduced the concept of inexpensive, large-aperture telescopes to astronomy. Amateur astronomers at the time were so amazed that a telescope builtfrom simple, inexpensive materials performed so well that they could hardly believe their eyes. As home-built Dobsonians started showing up at star parties across the nation and people saw what Dobsonians could do, the word spread. In just a few years, the Dobsonian revolution swept the world. Since those early telescopes, Dobsonians have improved dramatically. An entire generation of amateur telescope makers contributed their best insights and refinements to Dobson's original design. Today's Dobsonians are larger, lighter,and more precise than ever before. For example, it is possible to build a telescope of 20 inches aperture that is compact enough to transp
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I had bought what i thought was a first edition- but it must have been written by John Dobson- because it was more like grinding a mirror and salvaging parts---and this is the way they make telescopes at obsession telescopes- (the commercial/retail telescope company they own).
I have learned so much from this book and each time i go to make another- or fix some issue that I don't like- i read the book, and realize the error of my ways- or find a better way (than the way I did it or another book told me to do) and it always works. its rock solid- on point information and I cannot imagine even trying to make a telescope without it.
Excellent book- worth every cent
I really enjoyed the book, the writing style is very easy to follow and understan without a lot of technical mumbo jumbo usally found in amature telescope making guides. I also liked the fact that the authors discuss the latest trend in light weight construction, open truss structures.
It starts off with guiding one thru building a small scope and then utilizing that learning process to enable one to have the confidence to go to the BIG light buckets for deep space viewing.
My kind of book, direct and to the point, without a lot of personal anectodal accounts, yet not dry and technical.
If you're looking to build your own large size Dobsonian, then this is the ONE book to have.
have a great time