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Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation

  1. Josef W. Fried

Published Online: 15 JUL 2007

DOI: 10.1002/3527600434.eap025.pub3

Encyclopedia of Applied Physics

Encyclopedia of Applied Physics

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Fried, J. W. 2007. Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation. Encyclopedia of Applied Physics. .

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  1. Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Heidelberg, Germany

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  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2007


Optical and mechanical designs of ground-based astronomical telescopes for the visible region are reviewed, including special-purpose telescopes and planned new designs for very large telescopes. The efforts to increase the angular resolution by adaptive optics are described. An overview is given of the instrumentation that is attached to telescopes to analyze and register the light collected by the telescope.


  • astronomy;
  • telescopes;
  • instrumentation;
  • adaptive optics;
  • very large telescopes;
  • spectrographs