Astronomy and Astrophysics Library

The Design and Construction of Large Optical Telescopes

Editors: Bely, Pierre (Ed.)

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There is no dearth of books on telescope optics and, indeed, optics is clearly a keyelementinthedesignandconstructionoftelescopes.Butitisbynomeans the only important element. As telescopes become larger and more costly, other aspects such as structures, pointing, wavefront control, enclosures, and project management become just as critical. Although most of the technical knowledge required for all these ?elds is available in various specialized books, journal articles, and technical reports, they are not necessarily written with application to telescopes in mind. This bookisa?rstattemptatassemblinginasingletextthebasicastronomicaland engineering principles used in the design and construction of large telescopes. Itsaimistobroadlycoverallmajoraspectsofthe?eld,fromthefundamentals ofastronomicalobservationto optics, controlsystems,structural,mechanical, andthermalengineering,aswellasspecializedtopicssuchassiteselectionand program management. This subject is so vast that an in-depth treatment is obviously imprac- cal. Our intent is therefore only to provide a comprehensive introduction to the essential aspects of telescope design and construction. This book will not replace specialized scienti?c and technical texts. But we hope that it will be useful for astronomers, managers, and systems engineers who seek a basic understanding of the underlying principles of telescope making, and for s- cialists who wish to acquaint themselves with the fundamental requirements and approaches of their colleagues in other disciplines.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Design and Construction of Large Optical Telescopes
Editors
  • Pierre Bely
Series Title
Astronomy and Astrophysics Library
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-22606-4
DOI
10.1007/b97612
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-95512-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-3032-3
Series ISSN
0941-7834
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 508
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