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Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation Online Course Program

SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation Online Course Program

To further augment the virtual experience of the Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation Digital Forum, SPIE Education Services will offer online courses on topics that align with the event.

SPIE online courses are versions of our live courses, designed to be taken on your own schedule. Courses include:

  • Immediate access
  • Slideshow presentations
  • Quizzes to test your retention of the material
  • Supplemental resources
  • Digital Certificate
  • Course access for one year from purchase

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Online Courses

Systems Engineering and Large Telescope Observatories (ON SC1139)

Modern astronomical observatories are becoming larger and more complex with many components working together to achieve the common goal of gathering useful information for astro-scientists. Successful engineering of these observatories is enabled by following a systems engineering viewpoint of looking at the whole. This viewpoint requires a multidisciplinary breadth and the ability to find a balance among 1) the system user's needs and desires, 2) the manager's funding and schedule constraints, and 3) the capabilities and ambitions of the engineering specialists who develop and build the system. The system engineer is sometimes described as the person on the program who should know the partial derivative of every parameter of the system with respect to every other parameter. This course introduces the concepts and models that are used to evolve a system from an abstract vision to the final validated and verified operational system. Examples are given that provide insight into the variety of engineering disciplines and typical subsystems found in observatories for optical astronomy observatories (X-ray through IR).  

Your instructors: Paul Lightsey and Jonathan Arenberg

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Introduction to Optomechanical Design (ON SC014)

This course will provide the training needed for the optical engineer to work with the mechanical features of optical systems. The emphasis is on providing techniques for rapid estimation of optical system performance. Subject matter includes material properties for optomechanical design, kinematic design, athermalization techniques, window design, lens and mirror mounting. 

Your Instructor: Daniel Vukobratovich

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