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This is an illustrated history of the telescope, beginning with pre-telescopic observatories and the refractors of Galileo, Lippershey and Digges, and ending with the most modern instruments including the Hubble Space Telescope. It was written to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the television programme, "The Sky at Night". It provides its readers with an overview of the way astronomical telescopes have evolved with technology during the past 450 years.
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1 Before the Telescope.- 2 The Very First Telescopes.- 3 Aerial Telescopes - and others.- 4 Enter the Reflector.- 5 William Herschel.- 6 The "Leviathan of Parsonstown ".- 7 The Age of the Great Refractors.- 8 George Ellery Hale and the Hooker Telescope.- 9 Palomar.- 10 The New Telescopes.- 11 The Summit of Mauna Kea.- 12 From Sussex to La Palma.- 13 Telescopes of Many Kinds.- 14 Telescopes Beyond the Earth.- Epilogue Into the Future.- Appendix 1 The History of the Telescope.- Appendix 2 Some Great Telescopes.

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"By reading this book, one understands better how a TV programme like "the Sky at Night" may celebrate its 40th anniversary." Physicalia

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