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Film or a digital sensor may be located here to record the image, or a secondary mirror may be added to modify the optical characteristics and/or redirect the light to film, digital sensors, or an eyepiece for visual observation.
The Gregorian telescope ... employs a concave secondary mirror that reflects the image back through a hole in the primary mirror. This produces an upright image
There are several large modern telescopes that use a Gregorian configuration such as the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope, the Magellan telescopes, the Large Binocular Telescope, and the Giant Magellan Telescope.
The Newtonian telescope ... usually has a paraboloid primary mirror but at focal ratios of f/8 or longer a spherical primary mirror can be sufficient for high visual resolution.
A flat secondary mirror reflects the light to a focal plane at the side of the top of the telescope tube.
The cassegrain telescope (sometimes called the "Classic Cassegrain") ... has a parabolic primary mirror, and a hyperbolic secondary mirror that reflects the light back down through a hole in the primary.
The Ritchey–Chrétien telescope ... is a specialized Cassegrain reflector which has two hyperbolic mirrors (instead of a parabolic primary).
It is free of coma and spherical aberration at a nearly flat focal plane if the primary and secondary curvature are properly figured.
A segmented mirror is an array of smaller mirrors designed to act as segments of a single large curved mirror. ... They are used as objectives for large reflecting telescopes.
The Gregorian telescope consists of two concave mirrors; the primary mirror (a concave paraboloid) collects the light and brings it to a focus before the secondary mirror (a concave ellipsoid) where it is reflected back through a hole in the centre ...