The Creation of the Anglo-Australian Observatory

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Cambridge University Press, 29. nov. 1990 - 301 strani
This book is the official history of the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT), which was built at Coonabarabran in New South Wales beginning in 1968; it 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. Between them, 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.
 

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The scientific background
1
The technical background
13
The campaign for a large telescope
27
An AngloAustralian agreement
39
Site dome and building
49
Optics and tube
71
Mounting drive and control
101
Telescope or observatory?
125
Towards the next century
237
AAT Agreement Act 1970
251
Proposal for management of the AAT
263
Membership of the JPC and the AAT Board
267
Staff of the Project Office
273
Statistical facts about the AAT
275
Major contracts
277
Speeches at the AAT inauguration
281

The beginnings of the Observatory
149
Commissioning
167
The UK Schmidt Telescope
189
Some achievements of the AAT
204
Political winds of change
219
The worlds largest telescopes
285
Bibliography
287
Index of names
291
Index of subjects
295
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