Build Your Own Telescope
This is the recognized "classic" book for amateur telescope makers. Provides detailed instructions on building five really nice telescopes, from a 4-inch f/10 Newtonian that's great for kids to a 6-inch refractor and 10-inch reflector that could easily serve as "lifetime telescopes" for a serious amateur astronomer. Chapters on grinding, polishing, and figuring precision telescope mirrors guide the novice through the adventure of making a fine optical system, plus you get a complete bibliography, and lots of telescope lore. For all amateur astronomers. 276 pgs, 8.5 x 11.
Published by Willmann-Bell.
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