TELESCOPE OPTICS, Evaluation and Design, by Rutten and van Venrooij, 374 pages, hardbound, published 1988. The book covers different types of telescope designs and the pros and cons of each design, e.g., Newtonian, Cassegrains, Maksutovs, Schmidt cameras and other telescopes. RUTTEN6182
ASTRONOMICAL OPTICS, by Daniel J. Schroeder, 352 pages, hardbound, published 1987. This book’s emphasis is on the optical principles on which different systems are based and their application to specific instrument types. Numerous examples of instrument characteristics are given to illustrate the range of optical performance that can be expected. The first half of the book is devoted to geometrical optics, e.g., the Fermat’s principle and aberrations. While the second part deals with wave optics in the design of astronomical instruments. The author covers many telescope designs. The book assumes that the reader has had an intermediate level optics course. SCHROEDER05X
REFLECTING TELESCOPE OPTICS I, by R.N. Wilson, 543 pages, hardbound, published 1996. This author directed his effort to providing the reader with a comprehensive coverage of the optics of the reflecting telescope. The author indicates that his work covers only the essential consequences of Gaussian optics, third order theory and diffraction theory as they apply to the design of reflecting telescope optics. The author indicates that he has written it to meet the needs of the specialists in astronomical community and related industrial fields. WILSON9643
UNUSUAL TELESCOPES, by Peter L. Manly, 239 pages, softbound, published 1992. The book covers a large number of different optical and mirror systems that have been built using different material or methods, e.g., liquid mirrors, membrane mirrors, plastics, metal and composite mirrors, pinholes, and optical glass elements. It explores different telescope mounts, e.g., two axis, three axis, four axis, and infinite axis telescopes. It has a section dealing with unusual drivers, and other sections that review moving eyepieces, stationary eyepieces, large aperture telescopes, multiple mirror telescopes, and arrays of telescopes. The has over 90 halftones photographs and 50 line diagrams. MANLY393X
THE 20-cm SCHMIDT-CASSEGRAIN TELESCOPE, by Peter L. Manly, 283 pages, hardbound, published 1992. The 8-inch "Schmidt-Cass" is immensely popular among visual observers, astrophotographers, and CCD enthusiasts. Anyone who owns such an instrument—be it a vintage 1970s model or one of the latest computer-controlled wonders—will benefit from this detailed guide to using it effectively. The author outlines many observing projects, offers advice on improving your scope’s performance, and surveys the wide variety of accessories available. A practical observing guide. 66 halftones 24 line diagrams. SCHMCASS3606
OPTICS IN ASTRONOMY, by J.V. Wall, 300 pages, hardbound, published The 32nd Herstmonceux conference celebrating C.G. Wynne’s 80th birthday. 41 halftones 110 line diagrams 30 tables. WALL5116
STAR WARE: The Amateur Astronomer’s Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Buying, and Using Telescopes and Accessories, by Philip S. Harrington, 373 pages, softbound, published 1994. A user-friendly guide offering all the necessary information for anyone purchasing a telescope, using one for the first time or upgrading current equipment. Includes comparison of available telescopes describing which are best suited to specific needs. Contains scores of handy tips, diagrams, illustrations and activities and suggests what to look for in the night sky. HARRINGTON19