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The Telescope:
Its History, Technology, and Future
Geoff Andersen

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Preface 9
Chapter 1: The naked-eye universe 13
Chapter 2: The development of the telescope 25

Chapter 3: How a telescope works 37
Imaging
Refracting telescopes
Reflecting telescopes

Chapter 4: The perfect telescope 44
Diffraction and the perfect image
Resolution limit

Chapter 5: When good telescopes go bad 53
Aberrations
Field of view
Air turbulence

Chapter 6: Analysing the light 66
Imaging devices--the camera
Spectroscopy
Photometry
Polarimetry

Chapter 7: Interferometry 80
Interference--how light waves combine
Michelson interferometer
Michelson stellar interferometer
Imaging interferometry
Nulling interferometry

Chapter 8: So you want to build an observatory? 95
Making a mirror
Site selection
Mechanical engineering

Chapter 9: The Hubble Space Telescope 109

Chapter 10: Advanced telescope techniques 125
Lightweighting
Active optics
Segmented primaries
Adaptive optics
Laser guide stars

Chapter 11: Laser communications and remote sensing 140
Laser communications
Lidar

Chapter 12: Surveillance 149
Airborne surveillance
Space-based surveillance
Other surveillance methods
Laser weapons

Chapter 13: Non-traditional observatories 162
Liquid mirror telescopes
Solar telescopes
Seeing the invisible
Gravitational wave observatories

Chapter 14: Key discoveries 181
The Solar System and Pluto
Comet Halley
The first exo-solar planet
Milky Way black hole
Hubble Ultra-Deep Field
Hoag's Object

Chapter 15: Future telescopes 197
Wide-field wonders
Another pale blue dot
The big boys
One last word 217

Appendix A: Some mathematical basics 220
Appendix B: Electromagnetic radiation 226
Appendix C: Getting your own telescope 233

Notes 236
Bibliography 240
Index 243

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