Astronomy from Wide-Field Imaging: Proceedings of the 161st Symposium of the International Astronomical Union, Held in Potsdam, Germany, August 23-27, 1993 / Edition 1

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The importance of 'wide-field imaging' in astronomy has never been so evident. The major new deep photographic surveys of the sky are nearing completion. The advent of large-format solid state detectors will provide further deep digital sky survey data. Optical surveys of the sky are being complemented by surveys in other wavebands of the electromagnetic spectrum, principally in the X-ray and near-infrared. The mass of digital data being gathered is driving the need for mass-storage archival capability, and for rapid capabilities in data acquisitioning and processing. New techniques are being developed to optimise the extraction of the information content. The quality and quantity of data now available to astronomers are enabling major new breakthroughs in many fields, e.g. studies of the structure of our own galaxy and properties of nearby galaxies, the large-scale distribution of galaxies and the nature of the mass-content of the Universe. All these facets of wide-field astronomy are brought together (for the very first time) in this book.

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The proceedings of the August 1993 symposium comprise some 200 papers (including posters) organized in 16 "natural" sections: wide-field sky surveys and patrols; digital detectors in wide-field imaging; photography in wide-field imaging; digitized wide-field surveys; image detection, cataloging, and classification; calibration--astrometric and photometric; archiving and databases; solar system surveys; galactic structure; the Magellanic Clouds; local group dwarf galaxies and LSB galaxies; properties of nearby galaxies; properties and clustering of galaxies and clusters; mapping the large-scale structure; properties and clustering of objects at large redshifts; and conference summary and resolutions. No subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792328780
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 6/30/1994
  • Series: International Astronomical Union Symposia Series, #161
  • Edition description: 1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 760
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface. Part One: Wide-Field Sky Surveys and Patrols. Part Two: Digital Detectors in Wide-Field Imaging. Part Three: Photography in Wide-Field Imaging. Part Four: Digitised Wide-Field Surveys. Part Five: Image Detection, Cataloguing and Classification. Part Six: Calibration: Astrometric and Photometric. Part Seven: Archiving and Databases. Part Eight: Solar System Surveys. Part Nine: Galactic Structure. Part Ten: The Magellanic Clouds. Part Eleven: Local Group Dwarf Galaxies and LSB Galaxies. Part Twelve: Properties of Nearby Galaxies. Part Thirteen: Properties and Clustering of Galaxies and Clusters. Part Fourteen: Mapping the Large-Scale Structure. Part Fifteen: Properties and Clustering of Objects at Large Redshifts. Part Sixteen: Conference Summary and Resolutions. Author Index.

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