Astrophysics and Space Science Library

The Great Refractor of Meudon Observatory

Authors: Dollfus, Audouin

  • A definitive source of the Meudon telescope's history, written by a renowned astronomer
  • The book is notable for the comprehensive documentation and attention to detail, tracing the genesis and construction of the telescope
  • All works in the book have been theses and dissertations published by many prestigious, and sometimes lesser known, researchers
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The large telescope at Meudon has become legendary. When it was conceived, after 1870, astronomy as a whole was limited to visual observation. Knowledge of the sky was limited to what one could see, assisted only by optical means. The large telescopes produced at this time produced larger images, permitting close-up views: the Meudon telescope was able to accomplish this perfectly.
 
At Meudon, which became the Mecca of visual observation, the major planets were examined in a way that no other telescope had previously been able to. The telescope monitored the state of their atmospheres and mapped the appearance of their surfaces.  Through the telescope, one could obtain photographs showing the nuclei of comets, revealing their very small size, and by using an eyepiece one could measure the separation of double stars.  With a marvellous little instrument, the polarimeter, the nature of clouds in planetary atmospheres has been determined, and the type of surface material identified. Many more results were obtained, while photography, universally adopted, revolutionized other knowledge about the world.  The sensitive emulsion, combined with large aperture reflecting telescopes, revealed the deepness and richness of the cosmos.  The vast telescope of Meudon, which was the largest refracting telescope in Europe, became a legendary instrument and was symbolic of a new way to practice astronomy.
 
Audouin Dollfus, a renowned astronomer, describes the great years of the Meudon telescope.  He gives us the entire story of this instrument, from the birth of the concept that drove Jules Janssen at the end of the nineteenth century, to the idea that French astronomy could provide an outstanding telescope which would approach the limits of technical and industrial resources.  The telescope remained unchanged until 2006, when the first steps toward restoration and public reopening were taken.

About the authors

Audouin Dollfus had developed research in astronomy at the Meudon Observatory from 1945 on. He was an honorary astronomer of the Paris Observatory, and his work on the planets, the solar corona, astronomical instrumentation, and the observer telescopic ball earned him the Grand Prix of the Academy of Science and the Jules Janssen Gold Medal of the Astronomical Society of France. He also established three world records in ballooning, including the first manned(!)stratospheric flight in France. He died in 2010 at the age of 85.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • The Project, its Realisation and the Dome

    Dollfus†, Audouin

    Pages 3-17

  • The Optics, the Mounting, the Refractor

    Dollfus†, Audouin

    Pages 19-31

  • Using the Telescope; Its Later Renovations

    Dollfus†, Audouin

    Pages 33-43

  • The First Observations and Photographs (1898–1904)

    Dollfus†, Audouin

    Pages 47-60

  • The Beginnings of Spectroscopy (1898–1904)

    Dollfus†, Audouin

    Pages 61-72

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eBook $109.00
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Hardcover $129.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Great Refractor of Meudon Observatory
Authors
Series Title
Astrophysics and Space Science Library
Series Volume
398
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-7288-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-7288-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-7287-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-8930-7
Series ISSN
0067-0057
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 150
Additional Information
Translation from French
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