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By James Mullaney

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The converging light cone from the primary is then reflected up the tube to a secondary mirror mounted to the back side of the meniscus. In a modification of this scheme known as the Gregory–Maksutov and invented by John Gregory in 1957, the secondary mirror is actually an aluminized central spot on the back surface of the meniscus itself. Many instruments marketed today as Maksutov–Cassegrains actually use this system and are, therefore, technically Gregory–Maksutovs. 5-inch f/14 Maksutov–Cassegrain became the world’s first commercially available catadioptric telescope.

Prices for the 40 mm begin at about $500. A calcium-light model is now available too. ) CHAPTER FIVE Reflecting Telescopes Newtonian The severe color aberrations of the early single-lens refractors soon led to the invention of the Newtonian reflector by Sir Isaac Newton. This form uses a concave parabolic (or spherical) primary mirror to collect light and bring it to a focus. Since the light never passes through the glass mirror but only bounces off its reflecting surface, the image has no spurious color.

Another variation is the modified Cassegrain form itself. Here, the third flat mirror directs the light out to the side of the tube near the bottom (with a fork mounting, this is usually located right above the balance point where the tube joins the axes). Both the coudé and modified Cassegrain modes eliminate the need to perforate the primary unless desired. This is the system used on the famed 100-inch Hooker reflector at Mt Wilson Observatory, which has no central opening in its huge mirror. By positioning the tertiary mirror in a fork-mounted telescope so that it sends light through and just outside one of the axes themselves, it’s possible to keep the eyepiece at a fi xed elevation no matter where the instrument is pointed.

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