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10 - 15 June 2018
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SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation:

his itur ad astra: "With these, we go to the stars."

With these words, James Gregory showed the world his design for a reflective telescope in 1663. Ten years later, he alerted Isaac Newton to his observations of white light being split into colours when passed through a feather – the discovery of the diffraction grating. By 1675 Gregory was Professor of Mathematics at Edinburgh University, so we feel it is appropriate for this major symposium taking place in Edinburgh to take inspiration from Gregory.

We are now constructing reflective telescopes on the ground and in space that are orders of magnitude bigger than anything Gregory envisaged, and designing and building the instruments, many of which are dependent on diffraction gratings. So it seems rather appropriate that we adopt his motto for the 2016 Symposium on Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation in Edinburgh.

The Symposium calls for papers spanning a broad range of topics, from facilities and instruments in operation or development, to novel technologies and techniques for the facilities of the future. As Symposium Chairs we encourage potential authors to submit papers that not only highlight achievements but also demonstrate lessons learnt and problems solved to enable us to improve our collective performance in the future.

The symposium brings together engineers, scientists and industry at a very exciting time and in the beautiful and historic environment of Scotland’s capital city.

We really do use these telescopes and instruments to ‘go to the stars’.  

2016 Symposium Chairs:

Colin Cunningham

Colin Cunningham
UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)

Masanori Iye

Masanori Iye
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)

2016 Symposium Co-Chairs:

Allison A. Barto

Allison A. Barto
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)

Suzanne K. Ramsay

Suzanne K. Ramsay
European Southern Observatory (Germany)


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Cooperating Organizations

Australian Astronomical ObservatoryAmerican Astronomical SocietyAssociation of Universities for Research in Astronomy Canadian Space Agency/Agence spatiale canadienneCanadian Astronomical SocietyEuropean Astronomical SocietyEuropean Southern ObservatoryMarketing EdinburghNational Radio Astronomy ObservatoryRoyal Astronomical SocietyVisit Scotland

Important Author Dates

Abstracts Due
14 December 2015

Acceptance Notification
Sent to Contact Author
26 February 2016

Manuscripts Due
30 May 2016

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