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  • Vol. 10, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 1971
  • pp: 300–303

Third Order Aberrations in Cassegrain-Type Telescopes and Coma Correction in Servo-Stabilized Images

M. Bottema and R. A. Woodruff  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 10, Issue 2, pp. 300-303 (1971)

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Pointing errors in telescopes carried by space vehicles can be compensated by servo-control of the secondary mirror. This introduces some aberrations in the stabilized image, the magnitude of which depends on the asphericity of the telescope mirrors. A configuration is presented in which the centered image of an off-axis object point is free from coma. The required aspheric corrections and the residual aberrations are calculated. Also included is a summary of the third order aberration constants for some well-known centered cassegrain-type telescopes.

© 1971 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: May 7, 1970
Published: February 1, 1971

M. Bottema and R. A. Woodruff, "Third Order Aberrations in Cassegrain-Type Telescopes and Coma Correction in Servo-Stabilized Images," Appl. Opt. 10, 300-303 (1971)

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