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Telescope Its History, Technology and Future

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ISBN-10: 0691129797

ISBN-13: 9780691129792

Edition: 2007

Authors: Geoff Andersen

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In the four centuries since its invention, the telescope has transformed how humans view the universe and their place in it. But what do most of us know about telescopes themselves--their history, how they work, what they are being used for today, or what the next generation of billion-dollar telescopes will look like? InThe Telescope, Geoff Andersen fills in all the details for us in an accessible, nontechnical way that will appeal to the amateur astronomer and anyone else who has been more than a little curious about this amazing instrument. The book covers every aspect of optical telescopes--from the humblest backyard setup, to state-of-the-art observatories, to the Hubble Space…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 5/27/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.452

The naked-eye universe
The development of the telescope
How a telescope works
Refracting telescopes
Reflecting telescopes
The perfect telescope
Diffraction and the perfect image
Resolution limit
When good telescopes go bad
Field of view
Air turbulence
Analysing the light
Imaging devices - the camera
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
The Hubble Space Telescope
Advanced telescope techniques
Active optics
Segmented primaries
Adaptive optics
Laser guide stars
Laser communications and remote sensing
Laser communications
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
The Solar System and Pluto
Comet Halley
The first exo-solar planet
Milky Way black hole
Hubble Ultra-Deep Field
Hoag's Object
Future telescopes
Wide-field wonders
Another pale blue dot
The big boys
One last word
Some mathematical basics
Electromagnetic radiation
Getting your own telescope