(also Schmidt camera)
A type of catadioptric telescope used solely for wide-angle astronomical photography, with a thin glass plate at the front to correct for spherical aberration. A curved photographic plate is placed at the prime focus inside the telescope.
- Patrick is joined by Professor Fred Watson from the Anglo-Australian Observatory to view some of the wonderful images taken by the UK Schmidt telescope.
- Racing the clock and the break of dawn, he turned the 48-inch Oschin Schmidt telescope at the Palomar Observatory to the location.
1930s: named after Bernhard V. Schmidt (1879–1935), the German inventor.
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