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All-Reflecting Afocal Telescopes
Author(s): William B. Wetherell
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Paper Abstract

The family of afocal telescopes discussed here consists of two, three, or four confocal conic mirror sections. The two-mirror parabola/parabola combination (confocal parabolas, or Mersenne telescope) is the best known, but its performance is limited by curvature of field. The three-mirror Cassegrain/parabola combination (Offner afocal telescope) can be corrected for field curvature and is suitable for use at high magnifications. The four-mirror Cassegrain/Cassegrain combination, the least well-known design, is most effective as a unit power afocal relay. The properties of these designs will be reviewed briefly, with major emphasis given to the confocal Cassegrains design.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 June 1987
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0751, Reflective Optics, (10 June 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.939900
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William B. Wetherell, Itek Optical Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0751:
Reflective Optics
Dietrich G. Korsch, Editor(s)

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