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Setting-Up a Small Observatory: From Concept to Construction (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series)

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    David Arditti(Author)

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Arditti's approachable work covers the all the details of design, siting and construction - once a basic type has been decided upon. It is written in a way that is equally applicable to the USA and UK (where there are slightly different building regulations) and deals with matters that are basic to building and commissioning any amateur observatory. Uniquely, David Arditti also considers the aesthetics of amateur observatories - fitting them in with family and neighbors, and maybe disguising them as more common garden buildings if necessary. Every amateur astronomer who wants a purpose-built observatory (and let's face it, which one of them doesn't?) will find this book invaluable.

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  • PDF | 252 pages
  • David Arditti(Author)
  • Springer; 2008 edition (22 Feb. 2009)
  • English
  • 9
  • Science & Nature

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  • By Dr. Thomas Voegel on 14 December 2008

    This book gives an excellent introduction why and how to build or buy an observatory.It starts with the description and discussion of pros and cons of various types of equipment (mounts, telescopes and imaging).The basic concepts for amateur observatories are explained and illustrated by many pictures.Finally a comprehensive section with many real world examples inspires to build an own observatory.

  • By Sherburn Stargazer on 18 December 2012

    Having returned to astronomy after many years of absence I decided that the above would be amongst my list of up to date literature, together with the Cambridge Star Atlas and The Backyard Astromoners Guide, all from Amazon of course. My first thoughts on reading "Setting up a small observatory" gave me the impression that it would be better not to bother, as virtually all observatories have some problem or other, be it the cost of and access to a dome or the collecting of moisture in roll off roof and shed designs. However, once informed of the pitfalls I was compelled to think of ways to overcome them, and in so doing tailor an individual solution to my own requirements. For me it looks like a slightly raised deck with the assembled tripod and mount permanently in position, and covered when not in use by a close fitting, pyramid shaped ventilated wooden case which will be lifted off whem wanting to observe. It is then a simple of matter to fit the optical tube assembly to the mount and you're reaady to go.This is an excellent book for anyone considering several options at an optimum cost. My only criticism was the black and white photographs which, though excellent in detail, in some cases could have done to have been of better quality.

  • By P. STEVENS on 10 February 2014

    The book is a very good read, with plenty of ideas, well written, and I feel easy for a beginner to follow. I am pleased that I bought it and even though I have been an observer for over fifty years now I still picked up useful info.


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