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Title:
The telescope : its history, technology, and future
Author:
Andersen, Geoff.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 2007.

©2006
Physical Description:
248 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
General Note:
Originally published in Australia and New Zealand under title: Eye on the sky. Exisle Pub., 2006.
Language:
English
Contents:
Preface -- naked-eye universe -- development of the telescope -- How a telescope works -- Imaging -- Refracting telescopes -- Reflecting telescopes -- perfect telescope -- Diffraction and the perfect image -- Resolution limit -- When good telescopes go bad -- Aberrations -- Field of view -- Air turbulence -- Analysing the light -- Imaging devices - the camera -- Spectroscopy -- Photometry -- Polarimetry -- Interferometry -- Interference - how light waves combine -- Michelson interferometer -- Michelson stellar interferometer -- Imaging interferometry -- Nulling interferometry -- So you want to build an observatory? -- Making a mirror -- Site selection -- Mechanical engineering -- Hubble Space Telescope -- Advanced telescope techniques -- Lightweighting -- Active optics -- Segmented primaries -- Adaptive optics -- Laser guide stars --

Laser communications and remote sensing -- Laser communications -- Lidar -- Surveillance -- Airborne surveillance -- Space-based surveillance -- Other surveillance methods -- Laser weapons -- Non-traditional observatories -- Liquid mirror telescopes -- Solar telescopes -- Seeing the invisible -- Gravitational wave observatories -- Key discoveries -- solar system and Pluto -- Comet Halley -- first exo-solar planet -- Milky Way black hole -- Hubble ultra-deep field -- Hoag's object -- Future telescopes -- Wide-field wonders -- Another pale blue dot -- big boys -- One last word -- Appendix A : Some mathematical basics -- Appendix B : Electromagnetic radiation -- Appendix C : Getting your own telescope -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
ISBN:
9780691129792
Format :
Book