The Design and Construction of Large Optical Telescopes / Edition 1

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This book assembles for the first time in a single text the full range of astronomical and engineering principles used in the design and construction of large telescopes. It aims to cover all aspects of the field, from the fundamentals of astronomical observation to optics, control systems, and structural, mechanical, and thermal engineering, as well as such specialized topics as site selection and program management. The book is the result of the collaboration of many leading astronomers, engineers, and project managers. Their contributions have been edited to provide a consistent approach and treatment: for example, ground- and space-based telescopes are treated from a common perspective.
Topics covered include:
- Design Methods and Project Management
- Telescope Optics
- Stray Light Control
- Structure and Mechanisms
- Pointing and Control
- Active and Adaptive Optics
- Thermal Control
- Integration and Verification
- Observatory Enclosure and Siting

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387955124
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 1/14/2003
  • Series: Astronomy and Astrophysics Library Series
  • Edition description: 2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 508
  • Sales rank: 1,308,723
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors and Reviewers
Credits for Figures and Tables
Introduction 1
1 Astronomical Observations 5
2 Instruments 41
3 Design Methods and Project Management 62
4 Telescope Optics 106
5 Stray Light Control 183
6 Telescope Structure and Mechanisms 202
7 Pointing and Control 252
8 Active and Adaptive Optics 311
9 Thermal Control 345
10 Integration and Verification 361
11 Observatory Enclosure 368
12 Observatory Sites 389
A Commonly Used Symbols 426
B Basic Data and Unit Conversions 427
C The Largest Telescopes 429
D Sharpness 433
E Derivation of the Equation of Motions 436
F: Glossary 439
Index 486
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