Definition of Cassegrain telescope in English:

Cassegrain telescope

Syllabification: Cas·se·grain tel·e·scope
Pronunciation: /ˌkasəˌgrān ˈteləˌskōp


  • A reflecting telescope in which light reflected from a convex secondary mirror passes through a hole in the primary mirror.
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    • Visitors can also see the University Observatory, which houses a 14 inch Schmidt Cassegrain telescope with a cooled CCD (Charge Couple Device) camera.
    • The tube length is very long compared to a Cassegrain telescope of the same effective focal length.
    • Easy portability and precision optics are hallmarks of Cassegrain telescopes, and Orion has some of the finest.


late 19th century: named after N. Cassegrain (1625–1712), the French astronomer who devised it.

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