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Dollfus, Audouin

Works: 8 works in 20 publications in 2 languages and 641 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  History  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
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Most widely held works by Audouin Dollfus
The great refractor of Meudon observatory by Audouin Dollfus( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The large telescope at Meudon, the Grande Lunette, with an 83 centimeter diameter, has become legendary. When it was conceived (after 1870), Astronomy was limited to visual observation. Knowledge of the sky was limited to what one could see with the human eye, assisted only by optical means. The large telescopes produced at this time allowed for higher magnifications, permitting close-up views; the Meudon telescope was able to accomplish this perfectly. At Meudon, which was to become a Mecca for visual observation, the major planets were examined in a way that no other telescope had previously been able to. The telescope monitored the state of their atmospheres and mapped the appearance of their surfaces. Through the telescope, one could see the nuclei of comets, revealing their very small size, and by using a micrometer one could measure the separation of double stars and the diameters of asteroids. With a marvelous little instrument, the polarimeter, the nature of clouds in planetary atmospheres could be determined and the type of surface material identified. The Grande Lunette has remained to this day the largest refracting telescope in Europe. Audouin Dollfus (1924-2010), a world-renowned astronomer who spent his entire working life at the Meudon Observatory, describes the great years of the Meudon refractor. He gives the entire story of this instrument, from the birth of the concept that drove Jules Janssen at the end of the nineteenth century, to the idea that French astronomy could provide an outstanding telescope which would approach the limits of the technical and industrial resources of that time. Out of action since the 1990s, the year 2006 marked the first steps toward restoration and public reopening of the great instrument. This English translation is by Richard McKim, a Past President of the British Astronomical Association who often worked both with Audouin Dollfus and the instrument which forms the subject of this book
Moon and planets : a session of the seventh International Space Science Symposium, Vienna, 10-18 May 1966 by COSPAR( Book )

1 edition published in 1967 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Study of the planets by means of the polarization of their light by Audouin Dollfus( Book )

4 editions published in 1964 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life sciences and space research II : a session of the fourth International Space Science Symposium, Warsaw, June 3-12, 1963 by International Space Science Symposium( Book )

7 editions published in 1964 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moon and planets II. A session of the joint open meeting of Working Groups I, II, and V of the tenth plenary meeting of COSPAR, London, 26-27 July 1967 by COSPAR( Book )

1 edition published in 1967 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les vaisseaux aériens : l'épopée des ballons dirigeables de 1850 à nos jours by Jean Molveau( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in French and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'Atlantique en ballon et lavenir des "plus legers que lair" by André de Saint-Sauveur( Book )

1 edition published in 1978 in French and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Atlas of the planets by Vincent de Callataÿ( )

3 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names
Dollfus, A. (Audouin)

Dollfus, A. (Audouin) 1934-

English (18)

French (2)