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There isn't any dearth of books on telescope optics and, certainly, optics is obviously a keyelementinthedesignandconstructionoftelescopes.Butitisbynomeans the single vital aspect. As telescopes turn into better and extra high priced, different facets similar to constructions, pointing, wavefront regulate, enclosures, and undertaking administration develop into simply as severe. even though many of the technical wisdom required for some of these ?elds comes in a variety of really expert books, magazine articles, and technical studies, they don't seem to be unavoidably written with program to telescopes in brain. This bookisa?rstattemptatassemblinginasingletextthebasicastronomicaland engineering ideas utilized in the layout and development of huge telescopes. Itsaimistobroadlycoverallmajoraspectsofthe?eld,fromthefundamentals ofastronomicalobservationto optics, controlsystems,structural,mechanical, andthermalengineering,aswellasspecializedtopicssuchassiteselectionand software administration. This topic is so substantial that an in-depth therapy is clearly imprac- cal. Our rationale is as a result in simple terms to supply a entire creation to the fundamental features of telescope layout and development. This publication won't exchange really expert scienti?c and technical texts. yet we are hoping that it'll be invaluable for astronomers, managers, and structures engineers who search a easy knowing of the underlying rules of telescope making, and for s- cialists who desire to acquaint themselves with the basic specifications and methods in their colleagues in different disciplines.

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