This Field Guide to Astronomical Instrumentation is the one book that the three of us would want to carry with us if we had to single-handedly design anastronomical instrumenton a remote mountaintop. To keep it concise, it focuses on the ultraviolet to infrared wavelength range. The Field Guide is not intended to serve as a textbook, but as a handy desktop reference to be found in the labs and offices of instrument builders.
This book contains information on a wide range of topics, from fundamental physics to project management, and from technical concepts to material properties. Only the most important concepts and equations are presented here. In many areas, dedicated SPIE Field Guides discuss particular topics in much more detail. While we tried to maintain consistency with other volumes in this series, we wrote this Field Guide in the language that instrumental astronomers use, which might sometimes look strange to people working in other areas.