Experimental Astronomy

, Volume 26, Issue 1–3, pp 19–34 | Cite as

Telescope mounts and dome structures

  • Jason Spyromilio
Review Article


The evolution of telescope mounts and domes is presented as the astronomical use of the telescope is about to reach its 400th anniversary. The changes in the mechanical designs are traced to requirements generated from the evolution of detectors and instrumentation.


Telescope mounts Domes 



The author would like to thank the ESO EELT project team for educating him and notes that all errors and opinions in the text are his alone. Lothar Noethe not only has had the patience to educate the author but also to read early and late drafts of this text and much improve them.


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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.European Southern ObservatoryGarchingGermany

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