Small Telescopes in the New Millennium
As we enter the new millennium, astronomers have or will soon have over fifteen 8-meter class telescopes to work with. However, there is likely to remain a need for small telescopes, especially specialized telescopes that can be optimized for and dedicated to specific task. These can be well justified scientifically for projects ranging from solar system studies to cosmology. Small telescopes also are the heart and soul of teaching and public outreach programs. One thing is changing, however, and that is the definition of “small.”
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