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The first edition of How to Make a Telescope was universally acclaimed as the best book ever written for making a Newtonian telescope. This 2nd Edition is almost three times larger and adds to the original text new chapters on making a Cassegrainian telescope, optical windows, and equatorial mounts.
How to Make a Telescope (Jean Texereau) (product group) – Budapest Telescope Centre
Chapters on eyepieces and astronomical seeing have been expanded. Included are indexes for the three principle magazines that carry telescope making information: This book is the most complete single work available on making reflecting telescopes.
Here is how two leading astronomy magazines reviewed the 2nd Edition:. Borrowed from my high school library more than 20 years ago, the earlier book the First Edition was my introduction to an avocation that has occupied many evenings and weekends since.
That fondly remembered volume forms the core of this new one, with many additions to complement and expand the older text. Reading the text in preparation for this review was like rediscovering an old friend. Key to the book’s quality is Texereau’s writing style, his workshop hints, diagrams and where appropriate, expansions into theory.
The accent is upon the practical details of just what it takes to fabricate an optical telescope. For the texersau edition he has added detailed plans for the construction of a Cassegrain telescope, including both the primary and secondary optics.
You can imagine my growing concern as this book became increasingly hard to find.
Jean Texereau, Master Optician
Finally inWillmann-Bell announced the second edition of fexereau TM classic. What is the result? The translation flows effortlessly. The new edition is much thicker than the first and has become a manual for advanced workers, as well as a beginner’s tutorial. The difference between Texereau’s and other telescope-making books is the sophistication of his testing procedures. Other authors speak confidently of pitch and grits, and topics of interest in actually producing a mirror, but most fail to give the beginner a reliable method of testing and interpreting the test results.
Not so with Texereau: With this book, you have every chance of building what Texereau calls “a telescope that is optically beyond reproach. The best guide to making a Newtonian telescope. The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. The “Standard” Telescope 2.
Interpreting the Test Data 3. Cutting the Mirror 4. Details of Importance or Interest 6. Design Examples for Jfan Cassegrainian Telescopes 7. Parabolizing Mirrors of Large Relative Aperture 8.
Polishing and Texereah 9. Construction of a MM Cassegrainian Quantitative Testing and Data Reduction Care of Aluminized Mirror Siting of the Equatorial Telescope First Stage of Turbulence: Activation requires a response to an email that we will send to this address.
Here is how two leading astronomy magazines reviewed the 2nd Edition: