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Ultrafast focal reducer design for ~2-m-class telescopes
Author(s): David Beach
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Paper Abstract

An ultra-fast focal reducer design originally intended for use with spherical primary mirrors (published in Optical Engineering, February, 2003), has been adapted for use as a retro-fit for existing telescopes of ~2m pupil diameter that have aspheric mirrors. The focal reducer has only one aspheric surface, located at the aperture stop, and can provide speeds up to f/0.75 while maintaining a wide field with pixel-limited resolution and a broad spectral passband. Examples have been computed for Ritchie-Chretien, Dall-Kirkham and Cassegrain systems, and for use at the prime focus of mirrors with non-zero conic constants.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 October 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5523, Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering V, (14 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.558945
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David Beach, Applied Physics Ltd. (New Zealand)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5523:
Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering V
Pantazis Z. Mouroulis; Warren J. Smith; R. Barry Johnson, Editor(s)

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