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Equipment atlas. Cool your telescope before viewing. The problem and some tips.
ASTRONOMY Feb 1980 (v.8#2) pg. 53

Equipment atlas. What do f/ratio, magnification, and exit pupil statistics really mean.
ASTRONOMY Sep 1980 (v.8#9) pg. 49
Correction ASTRONOMY Nov 1980 (v.8#11) pg. 57

Equipment atlas. How to buy a telescope for a child.
ASTRONOMY Oct 1980 (v.8#10) pg. 46

Beginner's guide to telescope types. 11 styles illustrated and described.
ASTRONOMY Aug 1981 (v.9#8) pg. 43

1981 telescope buyer's guide.
ASTRONOMY Oct 1981 (v.9#10) pg. 43

1983 buyer's guide to astronomical telescopes.
ASTRONOMY Oct 1983 (v.11#10) pg. 82

How to choose a deep-sky telescope.
ASTRONOMY Oct 1984 (v.12#10) pg. 75

The 1985 guide to telescopes
ASTRONOMY Oct 1985 (v.13#10) pg. 77

The 1986 ASTRONOMY magazine guide to telescopes. A buyer's guide to binoculars, telescopes, and accessories.
ASTRONOMY Oct 1986 (v.14#10) pg. 51

Do your homework before you buy. Tips on selecting the right telescope for your needs.
ASTRONOMY Oct 1987 (v.15#10) pg. 48
Added Info ASTRONOMY Feb 1988 (v.16#2) pg. 33

1987 telescope buyers' guide.
ASTRONOMY Oct 1987 (v.15#10) pg. 74

The "Computer Aided Telescope". Photos illustrate the installation of Advanced Technology Instruments' CAT accessory. How it works, tips on its use, and the implications of CAT systems for amateur astronomy.
ASTRONOMY Dec 1987 (v.15#12) pg. 66

Ready, compute, aim. Computer-aided aiming of a Dobsonian telescope. Use a celestial object's coordinates, a pocket computer, a surveyor's compass and an inclinometer for pointing precisely at sky objects. Includes an equatorial-to-altazimuth conversion program for the Sharp 1250A and Radio Shack PC3 computer.
ASTRONOMY Jul 1988 (v.16#7) pg. 71
Added Info ASTRONOMY Oct 1988 (v.16#10) pg. 6

Soup up the performance of your small telescope with high-quality eyepieces, a good finder scope, sturdy tripod, etc.
ASTRONOMY Sep 1988 (v.16#9) pg. 80

1988 guide to telescopes. (1) Lure of a big scope. Is bigger always better? (2) Close-up look at eyepieces. (3) Buyer's guide to telescopes.
ASTRONOMY Oct 1988 (v.16#10) pg. 74
Correction ASTRONOMY Jan 1989 (v.17#1) pg. 8

1989 guide to telescopes. Advice on determining your needs (and wants) when selecting a telescope. Charts of currently available refractors, catadioptrics, and reflectors. Accompanying articles survey twelve small refractors (60mm-80mm) and ten 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes.
ASTRONOMY Oct 1989 (v.17#10) pg. 71, 80, 86

Ten tips for improving your telescope.
ASTRONOMY Aug 1990 (v.18#8) pg. 66
Added Info ASTRONOMY Dec 1990 (v.18#12) pg. 10

1991 guide to telescopes.
ASTRONOMY Oct 1990 (v.18#10) pg. 56+

How to buy your first telescope. Answers to thirty important questions about telescopes and a list of editors' choices in various price ranges.
ASTRONOMY Nov 1991 (v.19#11) pg. Insert

How to improve your telescope's image. Cure fuzzy images by learning how and where to set up your telescope. Dealing with tube currents, body heat, heat waves in the atmosphere, and currents high in the atmosphere.
ASTRONOMY Jul 1992 (v.20#7) pg. 60

Telescope buyer's guide.
ASTRONOMY Nov 1993 (v.21#11) pg. Insert

T is for telescope. A guide for the first-time telescope buyer.
ASTRONOMY Nov 1994 (v.22#11) pg. 71

Discover the winter sky using your 2" to 6" telescope. Includes tips for buying a holiday telescope.
ASTRONOMY Jan 1997 (v.25#1) pg. 74

Sharpen your images. How to enhance the quality (resolution) of a telescope image.
ASTRONOMY Feb 2001 (v.29#2) pg. 84

Astronomy 101. Diary of a neophyte astronomer. (1) Comets. (2) Cleaning telescope optics. (3) More glossary terms.
ASTRONOMY Jul 2002 (v.30#7) pg. 82

Tips on selecting a telescope.
BOYS' LIFE May 1985 (v.75#5) pg. 61

Three toys to keep children busy on a car trip. Telescope, periscope, and checkerboard pillow.
DECORATING & CRAFT IDEAS Jul-Aug 1979 (v.10#6) pg. 46

Build a richest-field telescope for less than $45.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #446 Jul 1965 (v.61) pg. 79

A guide to telescopes. A glossary of terms, a discussion of what you can expect to see with an amateur telescope, and a discussion of magnification power and telescope optics. Includes a chart comparing 22 modles.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1974 (v.205#2) pg. 84

How to choose a telescope. A buyer's guide and tips on their use.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Nov-Dec 1982 pg. 60

Large telescope for home observatory.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Aug 1963 (v.209#2) pg. 120

Constructing a simple portable telescope.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Nov 1963 (v.209#5) pg. 159

Running a telescope with a microcomputer. How a 12.5" telescope equipped with a photomultiplier tube is controlled by an Apple II computer driving a KIM-1 computer which in turn controls the scope. Used to study eclipsing binaries.
SKY & TELESCOPE Jan 1981 (v.61#1) pg. 71

Simple graph shows the relationship between common telescope parameters (aperture, eyepiece focal length, field of view, focal ratio, exit pupil, and magnification). May be customized for any telescope system.
SKY & TELESCOPE Jul 1982 (v.64#1) pg. 91
Added Info SKY & TELESCOPE Nov 1983 (v.66#5) pg. 458

Resolution criteria for diffraction-limited telescopes. An explanation of the Dawes, Sparrow, and Rayleigh resolution limits of a telescope.
SKY & TELESCOPE Feb 1983 (v.65#2) pg. 176

Backyard astronomy. Part 3. How to choose a telescope.
SKY & TELESCOPE Dec 1983 (v.66#6) pg. 492

Finding your telescope's magnitude limit.
SKY & TELESCOPE Jan 1984 (v.67#1) pg. 28

Backyard astronomy. Part 4. The art of using a telescope.
SKY & TELESCOPE Feb 1984 (v.67#2) pg. 131

Astronomical computing. Stepper-motor control of telescopes. Part 1. How to interface a stepper-motor to a microcomputer.
SKY & TELESCOPE Apr 1985 (v.69#4) pg. 350

Astronomical computing. Stepper-motor control of telescopes. Part 2.
SKY & TELESCOPE May 1985 (v.69#5) pg. 448

Description of an amateur's telescope imaging system consisting of a CCD (charge-coupled device) attached to a 5.7" telescope. Computers control telescope movement and do the image processing. Construction details are not included.
SKY & TELESCOPE Apr 1986 (v.71#4) pg. 407

A daytime test of telescope resolving power. Place a paper "target" 0.3 mile away and see how well the converging lines can be resolved.
SKY & TELESCOPE Jul 1986 (v.72#1) pg. 84
Added Info SKY & TELESCOPE Apr 1987 (v.73#4) pg. 443

Caring for telescope or binocular optics. Cleaning (dust removal, washing small optics, washing large optics). Other hazards (dew, transporting, chipping, mechanical parts).
SKY & TELESCOPE Apr 1987 (v.73#4) pg. 380
Added Info SKY & TELESCOPE Aug 1987 (v.74#2) pg. 118
Added Info SKY & TELESCOPE Dec 1987 (v.74#6) pg. 573
Added Info SKY & TELESCOPE Jul 1988 (v.76#1) pg. 5

The top ten telescope ideas of 1987.
SKY & TELESCOPE Dec 1987 (v.74#6) pg. 590

Setting circles from a dot-matrix printer. Circle-dividing program, written in BASIC, is used to generate paper strips (of various lengths) which are divided into 360 equal parts. Wrapped around a circular object, the can form a setting circle, degree scale, etc.
SKY & TELESCOPE Mar 1988 (v.75#3) pg. 304

The top 10 telescope ideas of 1988.
SKY & TELESCOPE Dec 1988 (v.76#6) pg. 608
Added Info SKY & TELESCOPE Jul 1989 (v.78#1) pg. 102

New concept in computer-aided telescopes. Program for pointing a telescope is written in BASIC. It will work with any altazimuth or equatorial mounting equipped with setting circles. It does not require you to align the mounting.
SKY & TELESCOPE Feb 1989 (v.77#2) pg. 194

Your telescope's limiting magnitude. A look at the three parameters (aperture, magnification, and darkness) which have the biggest effect on the limiting magnitude. Includes a computer program, written in BASIC, which calculates the limits for any telescope.
SKY & TELESCOPE Nov 1989 (v.78#5) pg. 522

The top 10 telescope ideas of 1989.
SKY & TELESCOPE Dec 1989 (v.78#6) pg. 591

Choosing your telescope's magnification. A look at the impact of eyesight, telescope design, atmosphere, target, and sharpness on the choice of magnification.
SKY & TELESCOPE May 1991 (v.81#5) pg. 553

Rules of thumb for planetary scopes. Quantifying a telescope's performance for observing the planets. Part 1. Contrast performance and central obstructions.
SKY & TELESCOPE Jul 1993 (v.86#1) pg. 91

Rules of thumb for planetary scopes. Part 2. Color effects, scattering, Rayleigh's criterion, wave errors, and refractors vs. reflectors.
SKY & TELESCOPE Sep 1993 (v.86#3) pg. 83

Choosing a low-cost telescope (under $400).
SKY & TELESCOPE Dec 1993 (v.86#6) pg. 59

Backyard astronomy. Beating the seeing. How to reduce the effects of atmospheric turbulance which hamper the use of optical telescopes.
SKY & TELESCOPE Apr 1995 (v.89#4) pg. 40

Guide to buying the best telescope to satisfy your needs.
SKY & TELESCOPE Dec 1997 (v.94#6) pg. 28

Tips to ensure trouble-free slewing when using a computerized "go to" telescope. Included in an article reviewing five entry-level telescope models.
SKY & TELESCOPE May 2001 (v.101#5) pg. 59

Riverside 1979, a review of the 11th annual Riverside, California, telescope makers conference.
TELESCOPE MAKING #4 Summer 1979 pg. 24

The 1979 Stellafane meeting. A review.
TELESCOPE MAKING #5 Fall 1979 pg. 4

The cost of amateur telescopes. Examines objects that can be observed by amateur scopes, examines cost -vs- function, compares various scopes and developes criteria for amateur scopes.
TELESCOPE MAKING #12 Summer 1981 pg. 14

Optical ray-trace calculations for nine telescope systems compared.
TELESCOPE MAKING #14 Winter 1981-82 pg. 18

Contrast rendition and resolving power in telescopes used visually.
TELESCOPE MAKING #16 Summer 1982 pg. 5

Description of a microcomputer-controlled telescope mounting system for making unassisted photoelectric observations of variable stars.
TELESCOPE MAKING #22 Spring 1984 pg. 28

Titanium-tubed and computer-controlled. Schematics for interface circuits to control stepper motors using a Radio Shack Color Computer. The motors are used to control a 10" Newtonian telescope.
TELESCOPE MAKING #38 Fall 1989 pg. 16
Added Info TELESCOPE MAKING #39 Winter 1989-90 pg. 4