A variable-focal-length telescope

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Abstract:

A special additional optical system (AOS) to develop any telescope into a zoom or a variable-focal-length telescope (variotelescope) is proposed. This system permits the telescope optics and detector (charge-couped device) to be matched in order to obtain the best resolution. An analysis of the resolution of the system consisting of the ‘V-telescope and detector' is performed, and it is shown that the best way to match the optics and detector is to change the focal length, that is to change the image scale. The proposed AOS consists of two spherical mirrors: a large concave mirror and a small convex mirror. The AOS is illustrated by means of figures and tables.

Keywords: Charge-coupled device; Focal length; Focal plain; Telescope optics; Telescope systems

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10556790500138790

Affiliations: Technological University of Tajikistan, 63/3 N. Karbaev Street, 734061, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Publication date: April 1, 2005

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