A Buyer's and User's Guide to Astronomical Telescopes & by James Mullaney

By James Mullaney

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There are also a number of semi-apochromatic doublets on the market; these hybrids make use of highly sophisticated rare-earth glasses and optical designs to achieve three-element performance. And while traditional achromats operate at focal ratios around f/11 to f/15 or more in order to control aberrations (making them rather unwieldy in large sizes), apochromats typically work at f/4 to f/6 (and some up to f/9). This results in very compact and highly portable systems. But this superior optical performance and portability come at a hefty price; apochromatic refractors typically begin at around $500 for optical-tube assemblies alone and run into many thousands of dollars for a complete 4- to 7-inch telescope.

As with the ShortTube, many RFTs come without a mounting. The achromats are typically lightweight, and at least in the smaller sizes can be supported on a camera tripod, while the apochromats are usually much heavier and require an actual telescope mount. 4. Orion’s Express Rich-Field 80mm semi-apochromatic refractor offers stunning wide, bright views of the sky. Like many premium refractors today, it’s available either as an opticaltube assembly only or fully mounted as seen here. Courtesy of Orion Telescopes & Binoculars.

Black), which preserves the eye’s dark adaptation just as reading star charts with a red light does. ) Ritchey–Chrétien In an effort to improve the imaging quality of the classical Cassegrain reflector for photographic work, George Ritchey and Henri Chrétien jointly developed a marvelous new system in the early 1900s known as the Ritchey–Chrétien. Typically operating at effective focal ratios of f/8 or f/9, its hyperbolic primary and secondary mirrors give it both a larger and a flatter field than that of an ordinary Cassegrain, with total freedom from coma.

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