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3.6.3 The Maksutov telescope

We return now to the Bouwers telescope dealt with in § 3.6.1, which, in its pure concentric form, suffers from first order chromatic aberration apart from fifth order spherical aberration and spherochromatism. The first order chromatic aberration is fatal unless a minimal wavelength bandpass is used. Fortunately, this aberration can be corrected, at the cost of perfect symmetry, by the Maksutov form [3.38]. Meniscus solutions have two great advantages over the Schmidt telescope. Firstly, the constructional length is about one third less - unless the stop is maintained strictly at the centre of curvature, an important point discussed below. Secondly, above all for smaller telescopes, a meniscus with spherical surfaces is far easier and cheaper to produce than a Schmidt corrector plate.

In its pure form, the Maksutov telescope only departs from the symmetrical concept of Bouwers (Fig. 3.26) by changing the radii of the meniscus to give a slightly convex form, as shown schematically in Fig. 3.34. This slight

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System Aperture Ray aining Gaussian Factor Eff. Focal Len. Total Track Lange Space F/# Working F/# Obj. Space N.A. Stop Radius Parax.Ima. Hgt. Parax. Mag. Entr. Pup. Dia. Entr. Pup. Pos. Exit Pupil Dia. Exit Pupil Pos. Maximum Field Primary Wave Lens Units Angular Mag.

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