Advanced Telescope Making Techniques Featuring Selected Articles from the Maksutov Circulars is based upon The Maksutov Circulars which were edited over a period of 21 years by Allan Mackintosh and distributed to Maksutov Club members.
The club was originally organised to make a mass purchase of custom molded Maksutov corrector blanks but it soon became apparent that a newsletter was needed to share information on optics and practical glass working to close tolerances. Ultimately, nearly 200 editions of the Circulars were distributed to members. From this mass of material two 300+ page books have emerged which describe a wide range of subjects of interest to the person who has made a telescope and wants to learn more about this fascinating hobby.
What the Reviewers at Sky & Telescope magazine had to said:
". . . Within these two volumes the TN (Telescope Nut) will find a feast of goodies."
". . . Mackintosh considers the book suitable for "the amateur who has made one or two Newtonians and who . . . wants to know how he can improve those methods so that he can attempt more sophisticated and difficult instruments." In this Mackintosh succeeds admirably."
". . . overall Mackintosh has done a great service to amateur telescope making. And where will these volumes end up? When not open on the workbench, I predict they will be in the TN's library --- immediately to the right of ATM --- III!"
The subjects covered in Advanced Telescope Making Techniques, Volume 1, Optics by chapter are as follows:
Chapter 1. Figuring
Chapter 2. Testers and Testing
Chapter 3. Optical Theory
Chapter 4. Telescope Designs and Designing
Chapter 5. Spectrohelioscopes
Chapter 6. Interferometers
Chapter 7. Calculator Programs for Telescope Maker