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The Creation of the Anglo-Australian Observatory

The Creation of the Anglo-Australian Observatory

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The Creation of the Anglo-Australian Observatory

Author: Gascoigne, S. C. B.
 Australian National University, Canberra

Author: Proust, K. M.

Author: Robins, M. O.

Description: This book is the official history of the Anglo-Australian Telescope which started to be built at Coonabarabran in New South Wales in 1968 and came into operation in 1974. The telescope is part of the Anglo-Australian Observatory which provides facilities for research in optical astronomy for scientists from Britain and Australia. The authors of this book were all involved in different capacities throughout the development of the telescope. As such it gives a detailed and personal record of the scientific, administrative and political developments from the moment negotiations began to the present day. The AAT has been, and continues to be, an outstanding success and can lay claim to being the best instrumented telescope in the world, with a very wide capability and high sensitivity. This is a unique and important book.

Contents: Foreword; Preface; 1. The scientific background; 2. The technical background; 3. The campaign for a large telescope: aspirations and realities; 4. An Anglo-Australian agreement; 5. Site, dome and building; 6. Optics and tube; 7. Mounting, drive and control; 8. Telescope or observatory?; 9. The beginnings of the observatory; 10. Commissioning; 11. The UK Schmidt telescope at Siding Spring Observatory; 12. Some achievements of the AAT; 13. Political winds of change; 14. Towards the next century; Appendices.

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First Author: Gascoigne, S. C. B.
Title: The Creation of the Anglo-Australian Observatory
ISBN-13 / EAN-Number: 9780521020190
ISBN-10: 521020190
Binding: Paperback
RRP: GBP 31.99
Pages: 316


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