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Amateur Telescope Making Amateur Telescope Making
Description: 3 volume series, 1996, Albert Ingalls. This series of books was first put out by Scientific American in the 1940's. This series has long been thought of as "the Bible" for telescope making and is usually highly recommended for any ATM library. The first book carries you through most of the basics and the other two augment and add more detail to other topics in ATM'ing. If you can only afford one, buy the first one and build on as you go.

Record Last Updated: 27-Jun-2000 | Clicks: 2054


Build Your Own Telescope Build Your Own Telescope
Description: 1993, Richard Berry. This is probably the best "starter" book on the market. Berry makes reading and understanding the basics of different telescope making very easy. He also gives a very good primer on making mirrors.
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Record Last Updated: 27-Jun-2000 | Clicks: 2275


Dobsonian Telescope Dobsonian Telescope
Description: 1997, David Kriege and Richard Berry. This is a must have book for anyone considering a large aperture Dobsonian telescope. This book specializes in the truss-tube style of Dobsonian telescope as David Kriege, proprieter of Obsession Telescopes, seemingly gives away his secrets on how to build the very scopes he sells. Excellent book on design and difficulties of producing a quality scope.

Record Last Updated: 27-Jun-2000 | Clicks: 2092


How to Make a Telescope How to Make a Telescope
Description: 1984, Jean Texereau, et. al. First printed back in the 1920's and updated in 1984, this book has long been a staple of amateur telescope makers and is on the short list of highly recommend resources.

Record Last Updated: 27-Jun-2000 | Clicks: 2026


Star Testing Astronomical Telescopes Star Testing Astronomical Telescopes
Description: 1994, Harold Suiter. This is another one of those recommended books for the ATM shelf. While testing with a variety of methods while producing a good mirror is essential, the "star test" is where the rubber meets the road and no mirror should be declared done without subjecting it to this type of test.

Record Last Updated: 27-Jun-2000 | Clicks: 1910


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