- Hardcover: 211 pages
- Publisher: Sky Publishing Corporation (1947)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1114285404
- ISBN-13: 978-1114285408
- ASIN: B0007DK32U
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,114,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Making Your Own Telescope Hardcover – 1947
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There are three types of information in any book written by an artist: history of how their art developed in space and time, their perspectives on the artistic process, and a discussion of their tools and materials.
Taking the history first, Thompson reveals a great deal of otherwise difficult to find knowledge about the development of telescopes in general and amateur telescopes in specific. Why do we make reflecting rather than refracting scopes? Why do we make glass mirrors instead of metal ones? Why don't some of the classical telescope designs work for the amateur? The introduction is very good and he takes the time to give a fairly complete story.
Likewise, Thompson's discussion of his process is very good. He simplifies and explains the decisions one makes in producing a telescope and more importantly, the decisions one makes in setting up the tooling to make the telescope. He gives sufficient detail so that one can actually walk through his process and see why and how the parts fit together. Reading this book may be the closest the reader will come to building a telescope without actually doing so.
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This is the book from which I learned at least one new vocabulary word, "tyro." I had to look it up. The rest of the language was well explained including all the optical terms that are a regular part of my language today.
If nothing else, this is a solid book to start out telescope making. It should be used in conjunction with other books on the subject to give you a more rounded view on making your first mirror. However, it stands on its own as a mirror-makers bible. It may not have the depth of math the Texereau book or a few of the others does, but it gets the job done. Worked for me. Highly recommended.
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I have a hard copy of this and this is the rating I would give this book. As for the kindle download, I hope the Amazon team reviews this. Read morePublished on November 7, 2013 by T. Crawford
This book arrived in very good condition and very promptly, as has every purchase I have made from Amazon. I love it. Read morePublished on September 22, 2011 by Edward Foster