Setting-Up a Small Observatory: From Concept to Construction: From Concept to Construction

Paperback | December 17, 2007

Foreword byP. Moore

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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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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 amateu...

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Every amateur astronomer who is considering a purpose-built observatory will find this book absolutely invaluable during both the planning and the construction stages. Drawing on David Arditti's practical experience and that of many other amateur astronomers, it gives invaluable help in making all the important decisions.To begin with,...

A physicist by training and specializing in materials science, David Arditti earns his living as a music writer and classical musician. He is a member of the British Astronomical Association and a committee member of the West of London Astronomical Society. He has written papers for the BAA Journal on the construction of small observat...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:251 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.68 inPublished:December 17, 2007Publisher:Springer New YorkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387345213

ISBN - 13:9780387345215

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Table of Contents

-Introduction. -Telescopes and techniques. -The observatory site: fitting-it in. -Types of observatories. -To build or buy. -Techniques of construction. -Some case studies. -Finishing the observatory. -Organising the observatory. -Comfort and convenience. -Getting the best from equipment. -Appendices.

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From the reviews:"David Arditti's book is the fourth volume in Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy series that spotlights how to construct telescope enclosures. . If you want a quick overview of the pros and cons of erecting your own, as well as a practical guide to the different designs, construction techniques, and building codes and zoning requirements, then this book will prove . handy. . this book will help you get started on the right path." (Edwin Aguirre, Sky and Telescope, Vol. 116 (3), September, 2008)"David Arditti takes a whole new and practical approach to planning and building a permanent home for your telescopes. . In step-by-step fashion he walks the reader through how his very impressive, yet practical, observatory was set-up. . In short, it's superbly written, with great anecdotal 'short stories' complementing the hard facts and authoritative black and white images where needed. This book is a true 'must have' for anyone who is in the process of, or considering, setting up a small observatory." (Nick Howes, Astronomy Now, August, 2008)"The book addresses all the aspects of this complex problem, even the most technical ones . . A detailed Index is also helping in locating the various subject occurrences. . The book is clearly written for England and the United States. . This makes it a treasure for the interested reader and evidently a highly needed and recommended addition . ." (Jean-Marie Gilles, Physicalia Magazine, Vol. 30 (4), 2008)"It covers various telescopes and mounts available to the amateur, types of observatory both run-off and domed, and their siting within the owners' gardens. . A positive bonus of this volume is the author's writing style that makes for very easy reading, with some complex concepts well conveyed without the use of diagrams - quite a feat in itself. This is a comprehensive overview of all the options and considerations needed for a permanent observatory, and any observer considering building one should consult this book." (Maurice Gavin, Journal of the British Astronomical Association, Vol. 118 (4), 2008)