Reflecting Telescope Optics I: Basic Design Theory and its Historical Development (Google eBook)

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Springer Science & Business Media, Nov 7, 2007 - Electronic books - 585 pages
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R.N. Wilson's two-volume treatise on reflecting telescope optics has become a classic in its own right. It is intended to give a complete treatment of the subject, addressing professionals in research and industry as well as students of astronomy and amateur astronomers. This first volume, Basic Design Theory and its Historical Development, is devoted to the theory of reflecting telescope optics and systematically recounts the historical progress. The author's approach is morphological, with strong emphasis on the historical development. The book is richly illustrated including spot-diagrams a.
  

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Lurie's configurations (1975) do not have astigmatism. They are anastigmatic and involve only aspheric mirrors. Mr. Wilson is confusing Lurie with the Houghton design (1940s), which uses only spherical mirrors.

Contents

Historical introduction
1
12 Period 16721840
11
13 William Herschels telescopes
15
Basic Gaussian optical theory of telescopes
21
22 The ideal optical system geometrical optics and Gaussian optics
23
222 Geometrical optics and geometrical wavefronts
26
223 The Gaussian optics approximation
27
224 The conventional telescope with an ocular
36
formulae for the effects of decentering of 2mirror telescopes
261
38 Despace effects in 2mirror telescopes
279
382 Transverse despace effects
287
39 Zernike polynomials
288
310 Diffraction theory and its relation to aberrations
293
3102 Coherence
297
3103 The Point Spread Function PSF due to diffraction at a circular aperture
298
3104 The Point Spread Function PSF due to diffraction at an annular aperture
302

225 Basic forms of reflecting telescope
40
226 The scale of astronomical telescopes and the magnification in afocal use of compound telescopes
54
227 Widefield telescopes and multielement forms
55
Aberration theory of telescopes 31 Definition of the third order approximation
56
aberration theory of basic telescope forms
59
third order aberration coefficients
63
323 Seidel coefficients of some basic reflecting telescope systems
65
324 Analytical third order theory for 1mirror and 2mirror telescopes
69
325 Higher order aberrations and system evaluation
82
and various forms of 2mirror telescopes Classical RitcheyChrétien DallKirkham Spherical Primary
88
327 Other forms of aplanatic 2mirror telescopes Schwarzschild Couder
111
328 Scaling laws from normalized systems to real apertures and focal lengths
126
and conversion formulae from wavefront aberration to other forms
128
332 Coma SII
131
333 Astigmatism SIII and field curvature SIV
135
334 Distortion SV
138
335 Examples of conversions
139
34 The theory of aspheric plates
140
chromatic variations of first order and third order aberrations
146
36 Widefield telescopes
148
362 The Schmidt telescope
151
363 The Maksutov telescope
165
364 More complex variants of telescopes derived from the principles of the Schmidt Bouwers and Maksutov systems
174
365 Three or multimirror telescopes centered
223
37 Offaxis Schiefspiegler and decentered telescopes
255
3105 The diffraction PSF in the presence of small aberrations
304
3106 The diffraction PSF in the presence of small aberrations and an annular aperture
310
the Optical Transfer Function OTF
312
3108 Diffraction effects at obstructions in the pupil other than axial central obstruction
322
Field correctors and focal reducers or extenders
325
42 Aspheric plate correctors
327
422 Cassegrain or Gregory focus correctors using aspheric plates
340
43 Correctors using lenses
348
432 Secondary focus correctors using lenses
372
44 Atmospheric Dispersion Correctors ADC
392
45 Focal reducers and extenders
404
452 Widefield focal reducers FR as a substitute for a prime focus
406
453 Other Cassegrain focal reducers
414
Major telescopes from Lord Rosse to about 1980
419
52 Glass optics telescopes up to the Palomar 200inch
431
53 Reflectors after the 200inch Palomar Telescope up to about 1980
449
Appendices
464
A List of mathematical symbols
467
B Portrait gallery
487
References
502
List of Figures
513
List of Tables
526
Name Index
531
Subject Index
536
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