The Design and Construction of Large Optical Telescopes / Edition 1

The Design and Construction of Large Optical Telescopes / Edition 1

by Pierre Bely
     
 

ISBN-10: 0387955127

ISBN-13: 9780387955124

Pub. Date: 01/14/2003

Publisher: Springer New York

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…  See more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780387955124
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
01/14/2003
Series:
Astronomy and Astrophysics Library Series
Edition description:
2003
Pages:
508
Product dimensions:
9.21(w) x 6.14(h) x 1.19(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Contributors and Reviewers
Credits for Figures and Tables
Introduction1
1Astronomical Observations5
2Instruments41
3Design Methods and Project Management62
4Telescope Optics106
5Stray Light Control183
6Telescope Structure and Mechanisms202
7Pointing and Control252
8Active and Adaptive Optics311
9Thermal Control345
10Integration and Verification361
11Observatory Enclosure368
12Observatory Sites389
ACommonly Used Symbols426
BBasic Data and Unit Conversions427
CThe Largest Telescopes429
DSharpness433
EDerivation of the Equation of Motions436
F: Glossary439
Index486

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