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Maksutov telescope

Syllabification: Mak·su·tov tel·e·scope
Pronunciation: /ˈmäksəˌtôv, mäkˈso͞otˌôv
 
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Definition of Maksutov telescope in English:

noun

A type of catadioptric telescope having a deeply curved meniscus lens and a spheroidal primary mirror. A secondary mirror on the back of the lens brings the light to a focus just behind a hole in the primary mirror.
Example sentences
  • The Maksutov telescope is similar to the Schmidt design, but uses a more spherical corrector lens.
  • Back then they were simply known as Russian Maksutov telescopes, there were no manufacturer's names on them.
  • We were producing a line of Maksutov telescopes ranging from 6’ to 10’ diameter and continue to work on special optics for professional observatories.

Origin

mid 20th century: named after Dmitri D. Maksutov (1896–1964), Soviet astronomer.

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