Welcome to Taki's Home Page
My name is Toshimi Taki. I live in a small city near Nagoya in Japan. I am an Aircraft Structure Engineer by profession.
I have been an amateur astronomer for over 30 years. I am a member of Oriental Astronomical Association, which is the oldest amateur astronomy club in Japan. I am interested in telescope making and visual observation of deep sky objects. I wrote three articles in Sky and Telescope on telescope making.
- Tools for Observation
- My Telescopes
- Telescope Making
- Astronomical Computing
My Articles in Sky & Telescope
 Toshimi Taki, "A New Concept in Computer-Aided Telescopes," Sky & Telescope, February 1989, pp.194-196.
 Toshimi Taki, "Mirror Support : 3 or 9 Points?" Sky & Telescope, September 1994, pp.84-87.
 Toshimi Taki, "More Thoughts on Mirror-Cell Design," Sky & Telescope, April 1996, pp.75-77.
 David Lewis, "Cures for Unsupportive Mirror Cells," Sky & Telescope, June 1999, pp.132-135.
David Lewis developed mirror cell design optimization program, "Plop". He uses my FEA (Finite Element Analysis) program called "Plate" for his "Plop".
Plop is available at
David Lewis's Home Page.
 Mark Holm, "Mirror-Cell Design with Plop," Sky & Telescope, March 2005, pp.119-122.
 "Taki's Online Star Atlas introduced in 'Books & Beyond' Department," Sky & Telescope, June 2005, p.103.