A folded Cassegrain telescope saves up space and a whole world of troubles

A folded Cassegrain type telescope objective is nothing new, but given present advancements in optical manufacturing, a worth reconsidering.

Cutting the optical tube length in half with a flat mirror and moving the secondary to the center of primary mirror hole is not a new idea and does nothing to help manufacture and assembly. Instead making a single mirror with a binary surface, i.e. one radius at inner zone and another in outer zone, a whole world of manufacture and assembly problems can be avoided. Assembly problems would eliminate themselves, and manufacturing would get easier by making traditional manufacturing near impossible and forcing more advanced techniques.

Published 30.10.2016 by Jani Achrén, who explains more here.

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Improving telescope objective with N-BK7 accessories

Giving new life to an old telescope design is quite possible and not necessarily expensive either.

I designed a generic Fraunhofer doublet telescope in order to design two accessories for it using nothing but Schott N-BK7 glass. Both accessories address the astigmatism in a doublet, flattening the image plane for a wider field of view of the original doublet.

Published 25.9.2015 by Jani Achrén. More marvels here!

New or improved for commercial telescope optics?

Commercial astronomical telescope optics development has followed a straight tangent for decades now. Focal lengths have shortened while image sizes have grown. Refractive telescopes houses five or even six lenses, making them more and more like over-sized camera optics, driving up manufacturing costs fast. Producing more and more expensive and generic products for smaller and smaller range of enthusiasts does not pay back development.

Published 20.3.2015 by Jani Achrén. More about the topic here.

Fast F/1 reflective Maksutov microscope objective

20150206_2Originally suggested by Maksutov, a Maksutov microscope objective (or eyepiece) is a reverse Gregorian type reflective objective. It has high numerical aperture and has corrected spherical, coma and color aberrations. It requires a field flattener to correct the field curvature, but for on-axis observations, it has a long working distance and short total track.

Originally published 6.2.2015 by Jani Achrén. Read the rest from here.