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Springer Praxis Books

The Life Story of an Infrared Telescope

Authors: Davies, John K.

  • Presents the "life" of the UKIRT telescope, from design to operation of a pioneering and scientifically highly productive astronomical instrument
  • Blends early days of modern infrared astronomy into the adventure story of planning, building and running a pioneering telescope
  • With lots of photos showing the early history of UKIRT and astronomers taken in the 1970s and 1980s
  • Will fascinate and inspire both professional and amateur astronomers
  • Written by a former UKIRT staff astronomer
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-23579-0
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Softcover £59.99
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About this book

Written by one of the astronomers who 'lived the dream' of working there this book is a restrospectively expanded diary featuring the 'birth and long life' of what was a truely innovative telescope. Based on input received from people involved in its planning, building, operation, and many scientists who observed with it, the author tells this success story of The United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT). Conceived in the mid 1970's as a cheap and cheerful light-bucket for the newly emerging field of infrared astronomy it has re-invented itself once a decade to remain at the forefront of infrared astronomy for more than 30 years. Even in 2012 / 2013, when ironically it faced almost certain closure, it remained one of the most scientifically productive telescopes in the world.

Everybody, including amateur and professional astronomers, interested in real astronomy projects will enjoy reading that story and meet (again) the persons who lived it.


About the authors

John K. Davies is staff astronomer at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UKATC) in Edinburgh. Before that he was a support astronomer for the UK Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) in Hawaii. He is helping to organize a European Network called OPTICON and also does research on comets and asteroids. Over the years he has also been involved in building and operating astronomical satellites, flight testing fighter aeroplanes and doing chemistry.

Table of contents (23 chapters)

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eBook £47.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-23579-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £59.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-23578-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover £59.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-79503-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Life Story of an Infrared Telescope
Authors
Series Title
Springer Praxis Books
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-23579-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-23579-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-23578-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-79503-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 264
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations, 70 illustrations in colour
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