The Life Story of an Infrared Telescope

door John K. Davies
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John K. Davies The Life Story of an Infrared Telescope
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Written by one of the astronomers who 'lived the dream' of working there this book is a restrospectively expanded diary featuring the 'birth and long life' of what was a truely innovative telescope. Based on input received from people involved in its planning, building, operation, and many scientists who observed with it, the author tells this success story of The United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT). Conceived in the mid 1970's as a cheap and cheerful light-bucket for the newly emerging field of infrared astronomy it has re-invented itself once a decade to remain at the forefront of infrared astronomy for more than 30 years. Even in 2012 / 2013, when ironically it faced almost certain closure, it remained one of the most scientifically productive telescopes in the world.

Everybody, including amateur and professional astronomers, interested in real astronomy projects will enjoy reading that story and meet (again) the persons who lived it.


John K. Davies


Opmerking illustraties:
XIV, 264 p. 76 illus., 70 illus. in color.

Conception.- Design and Planning.- The Project Advances.- To Hawaii.- Making It Work.-  Early Operations 1980-1981.- Consolidation 1982-1985.- IRCAM:The beginning of the Array Revolution.- Cooled grating Spectrographs.- Changes at the Top.- Upgrading the telescope for the 21st century.- Restructuring ( 1995).- ORAC It pipes, therefore it is. 1996-2000.- Michelle (95-2004).- Departures 2000-2002.- Flexible Scheduling and the OMP 2001-2003.- UIST 2000-2009.- The new era of Wide-field Astronomy at UKIRT.- Into A Third decade.- UKIRT under threat.- Battle for Survival.- The Axe Falls.- Epilogue.

Presents the "life" of the UKIRT telescope, from design to operation of a pioneering and scientifically highly productive astronomical instrument

Blends early days of modern infrared astronomy into the adventure story of planning, building and running a pioneering telescope

With lots of photos showing the early history of UKIRT and astronomers taken in the 1970s and 1980s

Will fascinate and inspire both professional and amateur astronomers

Written by a former UKIRT staff astronomer

Springer International Publishing
John K. Davies is staff astronomer at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UKATC) in Edinburgh. Before that he was a support astronomer for the UK Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) in Hawaii. He is helping to organize a European Network called OPTICON and also does research on comets and asteroids. Over the years he has also been involved in building and operating astronomical satellites, flight testing fighter aeroplanes and doing chemistry.
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2016
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