- Hardcover: 475 pages
- Publisher: Willmann-Bell; 1st English ed edition (June 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0943396557
- ISBN-13: 978-0943396552
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466,044 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
Top Customer Reviews
It doesn't matter if you want to build one, use one, or buy one pre-built. David Kriege and Richard Berry do an absolutely tremendous job of taking the reader through all the construction steps of a large-aperature Dobsonian telescope, of describing how to use it, how it will impact your life and your family and what's the best size for you.
"The Dobsonian Telescope" is extraordinarily well-illustrated, contains a wealth of technical data that generations of astronomers found the "hard way," yet is very easy to understand and apply.
Kriege and Barry also realize that not everyone can afford or has the space for the monster scope of their dreams, so there's even a good chapter on building a much more modest scope from off-the-shelf items. Best of all, all the "big scope" information is still useful for the smaller one (8") and just a plain, good, read.
Finally, the book is fun. Both authors have a dry wit that livens up what otherwise could have been a rather boring, technical monologue.
For anyone who's ever craved an owner's manual that tells them what they really want to know about their purchase, "The Dobsonian Telescope" is a "best buy." Even better, you don't have to buy the telescope to enjoy the book.
One of the authors is responsible for the "Obsession" line of high-end Dobsonian telescopes. This book is almost a step-by-step guide on how you can build your own large Dobsonian, with optics and performance nearly as good as an Obsession. Yes, you probably won't save much money over a purchased 'scope, but the pride of being able to say "I built this myself!" more than makes up for that. Plus, you will know (and understand) every single square inch of your telescope, so modifications and changes won't be as frightening to you as they would if you had to cut into a $3000 commercial telescope.
If you think you're going to use this book and build an 18" 'scope for $500, you're going to be in for quite a shock. The authors in this book both stress the importance of premium optics, and these do not come cheap. Expect to spend roughly $1500, or more, for a good quality 12.5" primary mirror alone. Quality doesn't come cheap, and with the only commercial Pyrex production line in the US shut down for the next several years, expect mirror prices to rise, drastically.
For those who can afford it, a scope like this can last for a lifetime. But if you can't afford such a huge investment, this book also covers construction of an 8", closed-tube Dobsonian (The larger sizes in the book are all truss tube models), which can be assembled for roughly $600.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good read and a must have for anyone planning to build their own large telescopePublished 6 months ago by William Fisher
I purchased this book to assist me in building the largest telescope of my life, a 21.5-inch F/6. I new that I would have to rethink everything I had learned in the past about... Read morePublished 14 months ago by The Thinker
It's very helpful as a reference for finding and installing parts. And in comparing out of pocket expense with retail expense.Published 14 months ago by Ron Smith
A great read. Provides a comprehensive history of and guide to telescope making. The absolute holy grail for the novice astronomer looking build their first telescope.Published 15 months ago by Stirling
This is THE book for Dobsonian Telescopes. Can be tough at parts and some of the pics seem or are dated. BUT. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sean W.
This is a good book for learning to build telescope makers.....Published 16 months ago by Larry N. Fraysier
By reading this I was more confident when I made the big investment in a large aperture telescope. It's a lot of money and with the information from this book I have not regrets,... Read morePublished 16 months ago by P. Steele