Unformatted text preview: The desire is to make as small as possible. This can be done by making the observation wavelength small (e.g., use UV instead of visible light) or by making the objective diameter large. Another way to understand it is the more waves that can be packed on the objective, the more information the telescope detects and, therefore, the more detailed the image is. A 40-centimeter telescope has two times the resolution of a 20-centimeter telescope at the same observing wavelength ( for the 40-centimeter telescope is one-half the for the 20-centimeter telescope). However, fluctuations in the atmosphere will usually smear images into a fuzzy blob about one arc second or more across so the resolution is usually limited to the resolution from a 12.5-centimeter telescope on the ground. I will discuss the atmosphere's effect on images further in the another section and ways you can compensate for it....
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- Fall '10
- Astronomy, Wavelength, Telescope, 2.3 miles, objective diameter, 3.7 kilometers, 12.5-centimeter