John Dobson

John Dobson (* 14. September 1915 Peking, China) is a well-known US-American amateur astronomer. With its concept of the Dobson telescope in such a way specified it revolutionized the modern amateur astronomy.

Dobson was born in Peking and spent its childhood in China. Its grandfather mütterlicherseits was the founder of the Peking university, his nut/mother musician, his father lecturer in Zoologie at the Pekinger university. 1927 went the family back into the USA and established themselves in San Francisco . Dobsons father worked as a teacher of the there Lowell High School.

John Dobson took up a study of chemistry at the University of Berkeley that he locked 1943.

In recent years was Dobson Atheist. With increasing age he came to the conviction that the universe of göttlichen origin would have to be. it lived 1940 occasionally in a monastery that it left however again, in order to continue its study. 1944 it became trailer of the Ramakrishna medal and lived for the next 23 years as monk in the Vedanta monastery in San Francisco.

In this time Dobson began to set itself intensively with the structure of the universe apart. In order to experience more over it, it concerned itself with the astronomy. Since it had praised to live in poverty it could not buy a finished telescope, but designed instruments from simplest means. Thus it sharpened the glasses from bottle soils to telescope mirrors and used sticking pipes, which resulted on building sites, as Tubus. Its devices possessed no conventional installing, but were put on on a box from plywood mobile.

Dobsons astronomical activities pushed increasingly on disapproving on the part of the medal. It had to make its brieflichen contact with the external world every now and then in coded form, whereby it camouflaged telescopes as geraniums and flower pots „“. Finally it had to decide whether the far medal wanted to belong or build telescopes. Dobson decided for the latter and withdrew 1967 .

In the same year he became joint founder „simmer-mills Astronomers “(„sidewalk astronomers “) in San Francisco. This group of amateur astronomers placed its telescopes simply on the sidewalks of the city and offered to each Passanten on to throw a view through. Those simmer-mill Astronomers are meanwhile a well-known organization with world-wide membership. Their goal is it to bring the astronomy of a broad public more near.

Dobsons first telescopes exhibited still optical inadequacies due to their primitive construction units and possessed no high resolving power. In the course of the time improved it and other amateur astronomers the Design. The principle of Dobson installing represents a possibility of manufacturing even large Spiegelteleskope inexpensive. Dobson telescopes can be built relatively simply, are well transportable and can with few handles at the observation place be developed. These characteristics led to the fact that this type of telescope is today very common.

Dobson became very popular, among other things by appearances on the US television and with telescope meetings in world. It uses its popularity, in order to spread its somewhat unorthodox opinions over the cosmology.

Dobson is a strict opponent of the Big Bang theory recognized today. Its judgement is illogical it that from „the nothing “can develop for something. Beyond that the scientists would have to take refuge to unproven theories, like the dark subject. Simply a new physics was invented, in order to support the Big Bang theory.

Dobson represents its own cosmological model, according to which the universe recycelt itself. It appoints itself thereby to Albert Einsteins general relativity theory, according to which energy and subject are equivalent, as well as to the Heisenberg uncertainty relation. After Dobson the universe for all times expands, whereby hydrogen atoms renew themselves. The entropy remains constant thereby.

Its critics accuse to him however that its model is not scientifically founded.


  • How and Why ton of Make A user Friendly simmer-mill Telescope, John Dobson and Norman sparrow, 1991, ISBN 0913399647

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