Telescopes for Skygazing by Dr. Henry E. Paul, 1966, Amphoto Hardback, Second Edition, 160 pp.
This is Dr. Henry E. Paul's classic compendium of telescopes and techniques for amateur astronomy in the halcyon days of the late 50s and early 1960s. For those of us who started out as amateur astronomers in this period, there is a wealth of interesting information here about the instruments that we used and the kinds of things that we were looking at.
For those who weren't around back then, this book is an absolute revelation as to what was -- and wasn't -- available to the resourceful amateur. [Technical Pan and CCDs weren't around back then, but Evered Kreimer (p. 157) had just begun to experiment with cooled emulsion photography.] I like to think of this book as a kind of update and supplement to the original Amateur Telescope Making series, and Henry Paul does a masterful job of surveying the landscape of amateur equipment in the immediate post-Ingalls and Porter era.
For all of the history [as seen from our vantage point] in this volume, it is, first of all, a "how to" book about choosing and using telescopes and it does not disappoint is this respect.
This is a good, clean copy, with some minor wear on the dust jacket. Am asking $16.00 for this one, including postage.
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