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A new optical design for dismountable and portable catadioptric telescope
Author(s): Rinaldo Sperotto; Sergio Poppi; Claudio Pernechele
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Paper Abstract

A dismountable and portable telescope with a primary mirror of 250 mm in diameter and a numerical aperture of 5.6, is presented. The telescope has a all-spheric catadioptric optical design, consisting of a spherical primary and a group of spherical lenses, where the last surface is aluminized, as a secondary mirror. The group of lenses corrects all the optical aberrations, including the spherical introduced by the primary and the chromatic ones. The telescope has a very compact design, with a physical length of 600mm. This fact, joint with the allspherical design, make it a ligth portable and easy to align instrument: when dismounted it can be contained in a suitcase sizing 580x440x140 mm and the spherical surface for all the mirrors and lenses makes easy the final alignment of the optical train. We discuss here in detail the optical design and the realized prototype and will show the results, both in terms of theoretical and effective performances.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 August 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7733, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III, 77333G (5 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856935
Show Author Affiliations
Rinaldo Sperotto, quasar optics (Italy)
Sergio Poppi, INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Cagliari (Italy)
Claudio Pernechele, INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Cagliari (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7733:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi; Helen J. Hall, Editor(s)

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