The Design and Construction of Large Optical Telescopes

  • Pierre Y. Bely

Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Pages 1-4
  3. Pages 41-61
  4. Pages 106-182
  5. Pages 183-201
  6. Pages 252-310
  7. Pages 345-360
  8. Pages 368-388
  9. Pages 389-425
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 426-505

About this book


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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Authors and affiliations

  • Pierre Y. Bely
    • 1
  1. 1.Science and Engineering Systems DepartmentSpace Telescope Science InstituteBaltimoreUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-95512-4
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-22606-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0941-7834
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