Instrumentation for Astronomy with Large Optical Telescopes

Proceedings of IAU Colloquium No. 67, Held at Zelenchukskaya, U.S.S.R., 8–10 September, 1981

  • Colin M. Humphries

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 92)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Optical Telescopes, Existing and Planned

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. B. K. Ioannisiani, E. M. Neplokhov, I. M. Kopylov, V. S. Rylov, L. I. Snezhko
      Pages 3-10
    3. Jacques M. Beckers, Bobby L. Ulich
      Pages 11-19
    4. Pierre Y. Bely, Gérard Lelièvre
      Pages 21-32
    5. J. R. P. Angel, D. Arganbright, L. Harmonson, J. M. Hill, N. Woolf
      Pages 33-36
    6. R. G. Tull, T. G. Barnes, D. N. Dittmar, F. B. Ray, Earl Pearson
      Pages 37-44
    7. E. B. Gajur
      Pages 45-47
    8. W. A. Grundmann, E. H. Richardson
      Pages 61-66
    9. G. Courtes, J. Boulesteix, J. P. Sivan, H. Petit, I. Karachentsev
      Pages 67-71
    10. G. Courtes, Ph. Lamy, N. Mauron, M. Saisse
      Pages 73-78
    11. Back Matter
      Pages 99-106
  3. Spectrographs and Spectrometers

About these proceedings

Introduction

Interest world-wide in the provision of new observational astro­ nomical facilities in the form of ground-based optical telescopes of large aperture has never been higher than exists at present. The benefits to be gained from increased aperture size, however, are only utilised effectively if efficient instrumentation is also available. There have been significant improvements recently in this area, part­ icularly in detector technology and data handling as well as in optical design, so that systems which are currently being developed have the capability of being vastly more powerful in terms of the efficient use of photons than those which existed only 5 years ago. The rationale for the decision by Commission 9 of the International Astronomical Union to hold IAU Colloquium 67, therefore, was to obtain reports on these developments with the emphasis placed upon overall efficiency of the complete observational system - from telescope aperture right through to detector output. A fitting venue for the meeting was the site of the 6 metre BTA (Bolshoi Azimuth Telescope) at Zelenchukskaya in the Caucasus mount­ ains, USSR. The BTA is operated by the Special Astrophysical Observatory located at Nizhnij Arkhyz, a few kilometres from the telescope itself.

Keywords

astronomy instruments interferometry observatory spectroscopy telescope

Editors and affiliations

  • Colin M. Humphries
    • 1
  1. 1.Royal ObservatoryEdinburghUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-7787-7
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-7789-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-7787-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
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