The Design and Construction of Large Optical Telescopes (Astronomy and Astrophysics Library)

The Design and Construction of Large Optical Telescopes (Astronomy and Astrophysics Library)


there is not any dearth of books on telescope optics and, certainly, optics is obviously a keyelementinthedesignandconstructionoftelescopes.Butitisbynomeans the single vital aspect. As telescopes develop into greater and extra high priced, different facets similar to buildings, pointing, wavefront keep an eye on, enclosures, and venture administration turn into simply as serious. even supposing lots of the technical wisdom required for these kinds of ?elds comes in a number of really expert books, magazine articles, and technical reviews, they aren't unavoidably written with program to telescopes in brain. This bookisa?rstattemptatassemblinginasingletextthebasicastronomicaland engineering ideas utilized in the layout and building of enormous telescopes. Itsaimistobroadlycoverallmajoraspectsofthe?eld,fromthefundamentals ofastronomicalobservationto optics, controlsystems,structural,mechanical, andthermalengineering,aswellasspecializedtopicssuchassiteselectionand application administration. This topic is so enormous that an in-depth remedy is clearly imprac- cal. Our motive is accordingly basically to supply a accomplished creation to the fundamental points of telescope layout and development. This publication won't change really expert scienti?c and technical texts. yet we are hoping that it'll be beneficial for astronomers, managers, and platforms engineers who search a uncomplicated figuring out of the underlying rules of telescope making, and for s- cialists who desire to acquaint themselves with the basic necessities and ways in their colleagues in different disciplines.

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