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Edited by William J. Cook

Volume 1, 462 pages, 408 illustrations (ATMJ's issues 1 through 11)

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Volume 2, 429 pages, 284 illustrations (ATMJ's issues 12 through 18)

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From the Sky and Telescope Review

These books are jam-packed with all kinds of information on all kinds of telescope-making subjects. Volume 1 alone includes topics as diverse as the history of amateur telescope making in Australia, phase-contrast testing, and baffling a Newtonian reflector..

. . . The Best of Amateur Telescope Making Journal is not for the rank beginner, who is likely to find the amassed esoterica confusing and intimidating. Nor is it for someone seeking basic instruction on grinding a mirror for a Newtonian reflector or for building a standard Dobsonian telescope. These books are the literary equivalent of a telescope makerœ’s junk box—a prized collection of bits and pieces squirreled away on the assumption that they will one day be useful for something.

. . . it's a glorious mess of interesting and useful information that every active telescope maker should have on his or her bookshelf.

About This Book

Over a period spanning nearly 10 years Amateur Telescope Making Journal published articles of interest to the telescope maker. The Best of Amateur Telescope Making presents 150 the best of these articles, fully edited and where appropriate corrected by the original authors, in two volumes totaling nearly 900 pages with 692 illustrations. These are "How to Books" that cover a wide range of subjects of interest to people who design, build and use telescopes for astronomy. A sampling of the subjects are as follows:

Volume 1, 462 pages, 408 illustrations (ATMJ's issues 1 throught 11)

Unobstructed Reflecting Telescopes
17.5-Inch Binocular
A Schupmann Medial Telescope
A Wood and Aluminum Split-Ring Telescope
Industrial Fabrication of Small Lenses
Sub-Aperture Maksutov Correctors
The Stevick-Paul Off-Axis Reflecting Telescope
A New Equatorial Platform Design
The Eye and the Use of Telescope Optics
Improve Your Telrad
The Krupa Collimator
Telescopes For CCD Imaging
The Maksutov Telescope: Past and Present
Binocular Collimation
Tips for the Big Dobsonian Builder
The Voyager Binocular Telescope
Veiling Glare
Making Schmidt Correctors
YOLO Reflector
Annular Baffles for Barlow Lenses
Rangefinders and Stereo Telescopes

Volume 2, 429 pages, 284 illustrations (ATMJ's issues 12 throught 18)

A 22-Inch Portable Telescope
Choosing a Wide-Field Telescope
Making Large Thin Mirrors
An Experimental Portable Observatory
Mirror Making and Testing Hints
Mirror-O-Matic Polisher/Grinder
Digital Knife-Edge Test Reduction
Design and Construction of a Modern Herschelian
Scrap Parts and the Life of the ATM
Figuring a Schmidt Corrector
A General-Purpose Yolo You Can Build
Evolution of a 10 x 70 Binocular
Test Methods for Elliptical and Spherical TCT Mirrors
An 8-inch Siderostat Refractor
An Ultralight Portable Dobsonian
The Multi-Schiefspiegler
A Binocular Singlet Refractor
Phase Contrast Testing
A Flat Tester Right Under Your Nose
A Portable Polar Siderostat
Lurie Anastigmats

Additionally, both volumes provide coverage of various meetings featuring telescope making---such as Stellafane, Astrofest and the Riverside Telescope Makers Conference.

For more information about these books see:

The Best of Amateur Telescope Making Journal:
    Volume 1, Table of Contents
    Volume 2, Table of Contents

The Best of Amateur Telescope Making Journal:
    Volume 1 and 2, Foreword

The Best of Amateur Telescope Making Journal:
    Volume 1, First 18 pages of text
    Volume 2, First 11 pages of text