Instrumentation for Ground-Based Optical Astronomy

Present and Future The Ninth Santa Cruz Summer Workshop in Astronomy and Astrophysics, July 13–July 24, 1987, Lick Observatory

  • Lloyd B. Robinson

Part of the Santa Cruz Summer Workshops in Astronomy and Astrophysics book series (SANTA CRUZ)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiv
  2. High Resolution Spectrographs

  3. Low Resolution, Faint Object Spectrographs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. J. S. Miller
      Pages 153-156
    3. J. S. Miller, L. B. Robinson, R. W. Goodrich
      Pages 157-171
    4. E. Harvey Richardson, Christopher L. Morbey
      Pages 177-182
  4. Multi-Object Spectrographs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Richard S. Ellis, Ian R. Parry
      Pages 192-208
    3. T. E. Ingerson
      Pages 222-232
    4. J. M. Hill, M. P. Lesser
      Pages 233-249
    5. Samuel C. Barden
      Pages 250-255
    6. G. Courtes, Y. Georgelin, R. Bacon, G. Monnet, J. Boulesteix
      Pages 266-274
    7. Christian Vanderriest, Jean-Pierre Lemonnier
      Pages 304-310
  5. Imaging and Photometry, Image Reconstruction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 311-311
    2. Jacques M. Beckers, Larry E. Goad
      Pages 315-336
    3. Laird A. Thompson, Chester S. Gardner
      Pages 337-344
    4. Renaud Foy
      Pages 345-359
    5. Fons Maaswinkel, Fabio Bortoletto, Sandro D’Odorico, Gotthard Huster
      Pages 360-365
    6. Fritz Merkle
      Pages 366-377
    7. G. Lelievre, J.-L. Nieto, D. Salmon, J. Boulesteix, J. Arnaud
      Pages 378-385
    8. Timothy M. C. Abbott, Chet B. Opal
      Pages 386-399
  6. Data Analysis, Software and Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 401-401
    2. J. A. Baldwin
      Pages 403-410
    3. Francisco Valdes
      Pages 417-430
    4. K. Banse, D. Ponz, CH. Ounnas, P. Grosbol, R. Warmels
      Pages 431-442
  7. Detectors I: CCDs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 459-459

About these proceedings


Historically, the discovery of tools, or evidence that tools have been used, has been taken as proof of human activity; certainly the invention and spread of new tools has been a critical marker of human progress and has increased our ability to observe, measure, and understand the physical world. In astronomy the tools are telescopes and the optical and electronic instruments that support them. The use of the telescope by Galileo marked the beginning of a new and productive way to study and understand the universe in which we live. The effects of this new tool on what we can see, and how we see ourselves, are well known. However, after almost four centuries of developing ever more sensitive and subtle instruments as tools for astronomy, it might have been expected that only a few minor improvements would remain to be made, or that possibly the law of diminishing returns would have taken effect. On the contrary, the new instruments and ideas for new instruments described in this book make it clear that the rate of progress has not diminished, and that this subject is still as exciting and productive as ever. Instrumentation for Ground-Based Optical Astronomy was chosen as the theme for the Ninth Santa Cruz Summer Workshop in Astronomy and Astrophysics.


astronomy astrophysics instruments observatory photometry telescope

Editors and affiliations

  • Lloyd B. Robinson
    • 1
  1. 1.Lick ObservatoryUniversity of California at Santa CruzSanta CruzUSA

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