Telescopes - think of the telescope as a “photon bucket” “Seeing” invisible wavelengths Bigger is better Larger light-collecting area

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The Bending of Light What Telescopes do is to collect and focus light, just like your eye…. Light rays which come from different directions converge at different points to form an image. Resolution smallest angle which can be seen Light-Collecting Area
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Unformatted text preview: think of the telescope as a “photon bucket” “Seeing” invisible wavelengths Bigger is better Larger light-collecting area Better angular resolution Refracting: lenses Reflecting: mirrors Most research telescopes today are reflecting...
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This note was uploaded on 09/12/2011 for the course AST 2002 taught by Professor Britt during the Spring '08 term at University of Central Florida.

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