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Merz telescopes : a global heritage worth preserving

Author: Ileana Chinnici
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Springer, 2017.
Series: Historical & cultural astronomy.
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This book comprises a fascinating collection of contributions on the Merz telescopes in Italy that collectively offer the first survey on historical large refracting telescopes in the country, drawing on original documents and photographs. It opens with a general introduction on the importance of Merz telescopes in the history of astronomy and analyses of the local and international contexts in which the telescopes  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Merz telescopes.
Cham, Switzerland : Springer, 2017
(OCoLC)951761062
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ileana Chinnici
ISBN: 9783319414867 3319414860
OCLC Number: 981125648
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 185 pages) : illustrations (some color).
Contents: Preface; Contents; Abbreviations; 1 Big Is Beautiful: A Few Considerations About the Making of the Large 19th Century Refractors; 1 The Prototype: Dorpat Refractor; 2 Merz Refractors; 3 Collaborators and Rivals; 4 Glassmakers and Optical Glassmaking; 5 Some Unsuccessful Cases; 6 The Decline of Refractors; 7 "Big Is Beautiful": Yesterday and Today; References; 2 The Merz Company: A Global Player of 19th Century; 1 Joseph von Fraunhofer: A Sort of Hagiography; 2 The Merz Company-Sources and Traces; 2.1 Sources and Methods of Research; 2.2 Trade Literature and Account Books. 3 Epochs of the Optical Institute and Merz Company3.1 The Founders of the Merz Company: Georg Merz and Joseph Mahler; 3.2 The Period of Prosperity-Sigmund Merz: 1845-1883; 3.3 The Last Active Members of the Merz Company-Jakob and Matthias Merz: 1883-1903; 3.4 The Final Epoch-Merz-Zschokke: 1903-1932; 3.5 Staff of the Merz Company-Invisible Hands; 4 Data from Account Books and Other Sources; 5 Merz as a Global Player-Different Types of Instrument; 6 Why Did the Merz Company not Survive?; 6.1 The Output of the Merz Company; References; 3 The Maker and the Scientist: The Merz-Secchi Connection. 1 Scientific Collaboration2 Trading Aspects; 3 Technical Questions; 4 Not Only Telescopes: Spectroscopic Equipment by Merz; 5 What Is Extant?; 5.1 Star Spectroscope; 5.2 Photograph of Secchi's Solar Spectroscope; 5.3 Objective Prism; 5.4 Direct-Vision Spectroscope; 5.5 Other Accessories; 6 Final Remarks; References; 4 The Padua Observatory and the Merz Workshop Under the Austro-Hungarian Empire; 1 The First German Instruments at the Padua Observatory; 2 Telescopes with Merz Optics Purchased Through the Polytechnic Institute of Vienna; 3 Santini's Journey to Germany. 4 A New Telescope for the Observatory5 An Important Addition: Dembowski's Merz Telescope; References; 5 The Merz Refractors at the Brera Astronomical Observatory; 1 Schiaparelli and the Acquisition of Three Merz Telescopes; 1.1 The First Merz Refractor at Brera; 1.2 The Large Merz Refractor; 1.3 A Third Merz Telescope; 2 The Merz Telescopes After Schiaparelli; 2.1 The Fate of the 22 cm Refractor; 2.2 The End of the 49 cm Refractor; 2.3 The Merz-Cavignato; Acknowledgements; References; 6 Merz Telescopes in Rome; 1 Introduction; 2 The Merz Telescope at the Collegio Romano Observatory. 3 The Merz Achromatic Telescope at the Campidoglio Observatory4 Merz Telescopes at the Vatican Observatory; 4.1 Merz Telescope I; 4.2 Merz Telescope II; 4.3 Merz Telescope III; 5 Conclusions; References; 7 On the Collection of Merz Instruments at the Naples Observatory; 1 The Collection; 2 The First Telescope Acquired by the Italian Government; 3 The Long Life of the Neapolitan Merz Telescope; 4 Other Instruments Related to Merz; 4.1 The Annular Micrometer; 4.2 The Prismatic Spectroscope; 4.3 The Repsold Meridian Circle; 4.4 The Ertel Theodolite; 4.5 The Small Merz Telescope; References.
Series Title: Historical & cultural astronomy.
Responsibility: Ileana Chinnici, editor.

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