Schmidt telescope


noun

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.

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Also called Schmidt reflector.

Origin of Schmidt telescope

1935–40; named after Bernard Schmidt (1879–1935), German inventor
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British Dictionary definitions for Schmidt telescope

Schmidt telescope

Schmidt camera


noun

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

Word Origin for Schmidt telescope

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