Schmidt telescope


noun
  1. a wide-angle reflecting telescope used primarily for astronomical photography, in which spherical aberration and coma are reduced to a minimum by means of a spherical mirror with a corrector plate near its focus.

Origin of Schmidt telescope

1
1935–40; named after Bernard Schmidt (1879–1935), German inventor
  • Also called Schmidt reflector.

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Schmidt telescope

noun
  1. a catadioptric telescope designed to produce a very sharp image of a large area of sky in one photographic exposure. It incorporates a thin specially shaped glass plate at the centre of curvature of a short-focus spherical primary mirror so that the resulting image, which is focused on a photographic plate, is free from spherical aberration, coma, and astigmatism

Origin of Schmidt telescope

1
C20: named after B. V. Schmidt (1879–1935), Estonian-born German inventor

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