By James Mullaney

ISBN-10: 1846284392

ISBN-13: 9781846284397

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While many amateur telescope makers have constructed folded long-focus refractors, to date there have been no commercial versions – or at least ones that have remained on the market for very long! ) It should be mentioned here that, with the use of a 2× or 3× Barlow lens (essentially doubling or tripling the existing focal length – see Chapter 7), a telescope of normal or even short focal ratio can be converted into a much longer one. However, I have never found the image quality to be quite the same as in a true long-focus instrument (owing to a number of subtle optical factors).

Courtesy of Orion Telescopes & Binoculars. Pennsylvania. ) Unfortunately, these views come with several disadvantages. Long focal lengths and high magnifications bring with them correspondingly limited fields of view – normally much less than a degree, even using wide-angle eyepieces. More of an issue is that these long instruments can become quite unwieldy, requiring very sturdy mountings (and larger structures, if being housed in some type of Refracting Telescopes 33 observatory). Also, with the trend today towards shorter and more portable refractors, sources for such telescopes are relatively limited.

Focal ratios for Newtonians range from f/4 (and as low as f/1 for some professional instruments, to keep them as short as possible) to f/8 or even f/10 in amateur scopes. The shorter the focal ratio, the worse the coma. In the longer lengths, it’s hardly noticeable over a typical 1-degree eyepiece field. 1. The optical configuration and light-path of the classical Newtonian reflecting telescope. A parabolic primary mirror reflects the light onto a small flat secondary one, which directs it to a focus at the side of the tube.

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