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Astronomy and Planetary Sciences

Electronic Imaging in Astronomy

Detectors and Instrumentation

Authors: McLean, Ian S.

  • Collects all the fundamental astronomical observing techniques and methods in a single reference work
  • Unlike competing books, written at a level that will serve both advanced undergraduate and graduate students as well as advanced amateur astronomers interested in this significant area of modern observational astronomy
  • Illustrates a wide range of principles and techniques using detailed case studies
  • Provides invaluable guidance for anyone interested in the design, development and characterization of astronomical instrumentation
  • Presents the underlying principles behind the cameras, spectrometers and telescopes used to make important astronomical discoveries
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About this Textbook

The second edition of Electronic Imaging in Astronomy: Detectors and Instrumentation describes the remarkable developments that have taken place in astronomical detectors and instrumentation in recent years – from the invention of the charge-coupled device (CCD) in 1970 to the current era of very large telescopes, such as the Keck 10-meter telescopes in Hawaii with their laser guide-star adaptive optics which rival the image quality of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Authored by one of the world’s foremost experts on the design and development of electronic imaging systems for astronomy, this book has been written on several levels to appeal to a broad readership. Mathematical expositions are designed to encourage a wider audience, especially among the growing community of amateur astronomers with small telescopes with CCD cameras. The book can be used at the college level for an introductory course on modern astronomical detectors and instruments, and as a supplement for a practical or laboratory class.

Reviews

From the reviews of the second edition:

"The book literally covers everything you ever wanted to know about the design and technology behind CCDs. Well written and informative, the book is littered with technical diagrams and useful equations for anyone interested in either developing their own CCD device or writing image processing algorithms and plug-ins. Not only that … this is a book that every university undergraduate studying instrumentation should probably have on their bookshelf." (Nick Howes, Astronomy Now, January, 2009)

"McLean … provides an excellent primer for those with a technical interest in these amazing devices. … the book is a compendium of astronomical methods and instrumentation. … McLean’s book … would be an excellent college-level resource. In fact, it should be on the shelf of anyone who wants a firm technical background in astronomical methods and instrumentation. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections." (T. D. Oswalt, Choice, Vol. 46 (7), March, 2009)

"This is the second edition of a book whose purpose is to explain the workings of electronic detectors and instruments. … This ambitious book is in part an attempt to provide an overview of just what your strange-looking instrument is doing. … this is an excellent book, packed with information and written in a clear and accessible style which will make it invaluable to any student or supervisor. Highly recommended." (Paul O’Brien, The Observatory, Vol. 129 (1210), June, 2009)


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  • ISBN 978-3-642-09532-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Electronic Imaging in Astronomy
Book Subtitle
Detectors and Instrumentation
Authors
Series Title
Astronomy and Planetary Sciences
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-76583-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-76583-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-76582-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-09532-0
Series ISSN
2366-0082
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XL, 552
Number of Illustrations and Tables
180 b/w illustrations
Additional Information
Originally published by Wiley/Praxis, 1997. Jointly published with Praxis Publishing, UK
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