101 Optical Telescope Designs is about optical telescope designs. It isn't about how to build a telescope, nor aberration theory, nor the history of telescope design. In particular, it isn't a book full of equations and theory. It is simply a comprehensive catalog of functional optical telescope designs. It provides readers with details of how specific telescopes are designed and function, and can serve as a starting point for those attempting new designs of their own. And of course, it's for amateur telescope makers who want to build their own instrument. From a professional point of view, it will also be of assistance to anyone attempting to perform a trade space analysis for a new optical telescope.
This book includes a brief discussion of each of the 101 designs. Every design has full technical details, and features some information about the specific history, along with characteristics and performance function. The designs are selected to span the available design space, ranging from simple refractors used in the 17th century, to the monster wide-field-of-view systems that are being developed for modern sky surveys. In between these extremes lies a cornucopia of useful designs and optical systems for amateur astronomers.
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Mark Ackermann has a PhD in Optics, and is a member of the USAF Scientific Advisory Board. He developed a love of astronomy and telescope optics while in middle school and spent cold winter nights in Wisconsin out in the backyard with simple lenses, trying to make a telescope. Life and technical interests took him in other directions until the year 2000 when, working on a PhD in optics, he began developing optical designs for a university research project. Since then, optical telescope design has become a hobby and professional interest and has led to publication of numerous technical papers and reports, as well as three U. S. patents.
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