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  • Vol. 39, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 1949
  • pp: 752–752

On the Corrector Plates of Schmidt Cameras

E. H. LlNFOOT and E. WOLF  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 39, Issue 9, pp. 752-752 (1949)

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The paper discusses the problem of designing the aspheric surface of a Schmidt camera so as to obtain optimum performance, in an agreed sense, over the field taken as a whole. A solution is obtained in a form which allows the optimum plate-profile to be quickly determined for a Schmidt camera of given apertureratio and field-size, working over a given spectral range. It is shown that at apertures near ƒ/3 the optimum plate can be obtained by slightly decreasing the strength of an ordinary “color-minimised” Schmidt plate, while in wide-field systems working at apertures near ƒ/1, it is better to use a plate with neutral zone at the edge of the aperture.

E. H. LlNFOOT and E. WOLF, "On the Corrector Plates of Schmidt Cameras," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 39, 752-752 (1949)

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