Electronic Imaging in Astronomy

Detectors and Instrumentation

  • Ian S. McLean

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

About this book


The second edition of Electronic Imaging in Astronomy: Detectors and Instrumentation describes the remarkable developments that have taken place in astronomical detectors and instrumentation in recent years – from the invention of the charge-coupled device (CCD) in 1970 to the current era of very large telescopes, such as the Keck 10-meter telescopes in Hawaii with their laser guide-star adaptive optics which rival the image quality of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Authored by one of the world’s foremost experts on the design and development of electronic imaging systems for astronomy, this book has been written on several levels to appeal to a broad readership. Mathematical expositions are designed to encourage a wider audience, especially among the growing community of amateur astronomers with small telescopes with CCD cameras. The book can be used at the college level for an introductory course on modern astronomical detectors and instruments, and as a supplement for a practical or laboratory class.


Adaptive Optics Astronomical Detectors Astronomical Instrumentation CCDs Textbook image processing optics

Authors and affiliations

  • Ian S. McLean
    • 1
  1. 1.Infrared Laboratory Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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