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10 February 2000


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The European Southern Observatory

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Proceedings on CD-ROM from Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation

Full-text papers from all 13 Proceedings volumes are available on three separate CDs.
(PC, Macintosh, and Unix compatible.)

Invitation to Attend

Final Program

At the onset of the new millennium century, astronomy is living through a golden age which is unique in its millenary history. On the ground, a new generation of 8-10 meter telescopes is coming into operation with a suite of powerful instruments for observations from the UV to the middle-infrared wavelength range. New powerful arrays of antennas are planned for the millimeter spectral range. In space-based astronomy, a suite of new x-ray telescopes is in operation or is about to be launched, and new telescopes for observations in the UV and in the IR are planned. Among them, the NGST stands out as one of the most challenging projects in space astronomy for the first decade of the next millennium.

All areas of astrophysics will be affected by the introduction of these new facilities, but the most significant progress is expected in the study of the formation and evolution of the universe and on the search and study of planets in the galactic environment of the Sun.

This SPIE-ESO Symposium provides a timely chance for you to focus on this rapidly changing scenario. The eight Short Courses will give you excellent educational detail on specific topics in the field. The 13 topical conferences and over 1,025 papers will cover extensively and cross-fertilize the fields of Large Ground-Based Optical and Radio Telescopes, Instrumentation, High Angular Resolution Astronomy, Operations, Communication Technologies, and Airborne and Space Telescopes. You will have the opportunity to review the technical developments that have led to the successful construction of the new telescopes and their instrumentation, the operating techniques, which can be used to optimize the scientific return, and the design of future systems.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Munich!

Sandro D'Odorico, European Southern Observatory
Fritz Merkle, Carl Zeiss Space Technology Div.
Massimo Tarenghi, European Southern Observatory

Symposium Organizers

Deputy General Chair: Sandro D'Odorico, European Southern Observatory

General Chairs:
Massimo Tarenghi, European Southern Observatory
Fritz Merkle, Carl Zeiss Space Technology Div.
Program Chairs
Harvey R. Butcher, Netherlands Foundation for Research in Astronomy
James H. Crocker, Johns Hopkins Univ.
C. Matt Mountain, Gemini Observatory
Jerry E. Nelson, UCO/Lick Observatory
Francesco Paresce, European Southern Observatory
Conference Chairs
Torben Andersen, Lund Observatory
Bernd Aschenbach, Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik
Jacqueline Bergeron, ESO
James B. Breckinridge, National Science Foundation
Harvey R. Butcher, Netherlands Foundation for Research in Astronomy
Philippe Dierickx, European Southern Observatory
Masanori Iye, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
Peter Jakobsen, European Space Agency
Robert I. Kibrick, UCO/Lick Observatory
Pierre J. Lena, Univ. Paris VII and Observatoire de Paris-Meudon
Hilton Lewis, W. M. Keck Observatory
Ramsey K. Melugin, NASA Ames Research Ctr.
Alan F. W. Moorwood, European Southern Observatory
Peter J. Quinn, European Southern Observatory
Andreas Quirrenbach, Univ. of California/San Diego
Hans Peter Röser, DLR
Thomas A. Sebring, National Optical Astronomy Observatories
Joachim Trümper, Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik
Anders Wallander, European Southern Observatory
Peter L. Wizinowich, W.M. Keck Observatory

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