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Optical design of two-mirror widefield cameras for large telescopes
Author(s): Paul G. Hannan; Mark E. Wilson
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Paper Abstract

Many large optical telescopes have a wide field camera as one of their primary instruments. Camera designs with all reflective surfaces are useful because they give stable image quality over a broad spectral band. Systems with two conic mirrors can correct the residual aberrations, field curvature and astigmatism, of Ritchey-Chretien telescopes. We present first- and third-order optical design relations which can facilitate the formation of design concepts during preliminary trade studies. We apply the relations to the Hubble Space Telescope in the design of a new wide field camera which compensates the existing spherical aberration, as well as the astigmatism and field curvature, of the telescope.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1993
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1945, Space Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments II, (1 November 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.158790
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Paul G. Hannan, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Mark E. Wilson, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1945:
Space Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments II
Pierre Y. Bely; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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