Books on modern telescopes and astronomers

By Al Witzgall, Chairman, Instrument Qualification Committee of AAI

The Cosmic Inquirers by Wallace & Karen Tucker

(1986, Harvard)

Good introduction to modern instrument thought and their creators

The Perfect Machine by Ronald Florence

(1994, Harper )

The best description of the building of the 5-meter telescope at Palomar

First Light by Richard Preston

(2nd ed., 1996, Cambridge)

Modern astronomy as practiced today

Stairway to the Stars by Barry Parker

(1994, Plenum)

The founding of the Mauna Kea observatories

The Hubble Wars by Eric J. Chaisson

(1994, Harper)

The politics behind the first major telescope on orbit


Large Modern Telescopes

Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC)

Large Binocular Telescope (LBT)

South African Large Telescope (SALT)

Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA)

Large sky Area Multi-Object Spectroscopic Telescope (LAM-OST)

Dark Matter Telescope (DMT)

California Extremely Large Telescope (CELT)

Swedish 50 meter telescope (XLT)

Overwhelmingly Large Telescope (OWL)

Decadal Review

Sky & Telescope’s special report on future space-based telescopes


Recent Magazine Articles


Sky & Telescope magazine

August 2000

articles on the largest telescopes on Earth and future designs

January 2001

the Decadal study’s recommendations

Astronomy magazine  

December 2000

articles on the future of telescopes

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