New developments in astronomical instrumentation open entirely new discovery spaces in astronomy. In fact, new instrumentation has often been the driver of very important discoveries.

This lecture discusses the physical processes that directly affect our ability to detect and characterize astrophysical objects.

This lecture contains a brief overview of the types of instrumentation commonly used in astronomy, such as imagers and spectrographs. Finally, Suresh Sivanandam discusses future ambitious instrumentation projects that will shape the scientific landscape over the next 10 years.

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