All-spherical catadioptric telescope design for wide-field imaging

Bahrami, Mehdi and Goncharov, Alexander V. (2010) All-spherical catadioptric telescope design for wide-field imaging. Applied Optics, 49(30), pp. 5705-5712. ISSN (print) 0003-6935

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Abstract

The current trend in building medium-size telescopes for wide-field imaging is to use a Ritchey-Chretien (RC) design with a multilens corrector near the focus. Our goal is to find a cost-effective alternative design to the RC system for seeing-limited observations. We present an f/4.5 all-spherical catadioptric system with a 1.5° field of view. The system consists of a 0.8 m spherical primary and 0.4 m flat secondary mirror combined with a meniscus lens and followed by a three-lens field corrector. The optical performance is comparable to an equivalent f/4.5 RC system. We conclude that, for telescopes with apertures up to 2 m, the catadioptric design is a good alternative to the RC system.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Physics
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing (until 2017)
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Depositing User: Mehdi Bahrami
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2013 11:26
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2013 11:28
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1364/AO.49.005705
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/24710

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