A Buyer's and User's Guide to Astronomical Telescopes & by James Mullaney

By James Mullaney

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The optical configuration and light-path of the classical achromatic refracting telescope, which employs a double-lens objective. ) sometimes referred to, are mostly imported from Japan (and more recently from China and Taiwan) and typically have optical quality ranging from good to dismal. Even those with good optics often have subdiameter-size eyepieces of poor quality, along with useless finders and shaky mountings. But there are exceptions; the optically and mechanically superb Unitron refractors mentioned in Chapter 1 were and still are made in Japan.

Dall–Kirkhams are not widely available on the commercial telescope market, but one source is Takahashi. Its Mewlon series offers 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10-inch models at hefty prices running between $5,000 and $10,000. Modified Cassegrain Several variations on the Cassegrain arrangement have appeared over the years. One is the coudé system, widely used by professional observatories in conjunction with both Cassegrain and Ritchey–Chrétien reflectors. Here, a small flat tertiary (third) mirror located above the primary intercepts the converging light-cone from the convex secondary and directs it down the telescope’s polar axis.

Telescope Basics 19 in feet. The focal ratio (or f/ratio) is simply the focal length divided by the aperture (both being measured either in inches or in millimeters). Thus a 5-inch (or 125-mm) telescope with a focal length of 50 inches (or 1250 mm) has a focal ratio of f/10. Similarly, a 6-inch having an f/8 focal ratio has a focal length of 48 inches. Telescopes of f/5 or less are said to be fast while slow ones are those of f/10 or more. The significance of this will be seen in the section below on magnification and in Chapter 7 when discussing eyepiece fields of view.

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