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Comparison of the angular resolution limit and SNR of the Hubble Space Telescope and the large ground-based telescopes
Author(s): Dominique Jacques Souilhac; Dominique Billerey
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Paper Abstract

This paper compares and discusses the attempts to overcome the "seeing" resolution limit imposed by spherical aberration for the Hubble Space Telescope and by Atmospheric turbulences f the case of ground -based telescopes - From recently reposed experimental data it is shown that wavefront reconstruction algorithms are capable of restoring nearly fully the Hubble’s spherical aberration of the primary mirror. Also from previously reported results of ground-based telescopes which utilize the powerful spectral imaging technique at high and low light levels, we compare for different object magnitudes the two types of telescope resolutions "seeing" resolution, SNR and point source resolution.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1991
PDF: 24 pages
Proc. SPIE 1494, Space Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments, (1 September 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.46748
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Dominique Billerey, ENSEM (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1494:
Space Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments
Pierre Y. Bely; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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