Reflecting Telescope Optics I

Basic Design Theory and its Historical Development

Second Edition

With 238 Figures


Raymond N. Wilson

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85296 Rohrbach, Germany

Cover picture: Karl Schwarzschild, surrounded by, from left to right, Marin Mersenne, René Descartes, James Gregory, William Herschel, Ludwig von Seidel, George Ritchey, Henri Chrétien, Bernhard Schmidt. (From various sources acknowledged in the book.)

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ISSN 0941-7834 Second corrected printing.

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