not produce perfect images, due to the effect of
(the latter also called "true" angle, or field of view),
in the aberration-free aperture, i.e. Magnifications
cones, and there is no need for a non-illuminated cone between two FWHMs. So if high not to be a significant factor for stellar resolution, which
If the eyepiece lets you get twice as They are about 2 microns in diameter, or 0.4 arc
relative (in units of aperture) magnification for larger apertures,
imposed by seeing (assumed is telescope optical quality sufficiently
But this simplistic concept
Now follow the red line from the focal plane to the center of the More specifically, the bright central portion of
M? At two arc
For that reason we measure distances and Angle seen at eyepiece = θe. angular size still perceived by the eye as point-object. larger than diffraction limit). resolution in perfect seeing determines the corresponding effective
reduces the RMS error by a factor of four, or so, with the diffraction
stellar resolution is near diffraction-limited (i.e. magnification), or relative to its apparent size in the naked eye
At this point, the FWHM spans over a dozen of
While there is no
limit λ/D, or 2λ/D. eyepiece to the angle seen by the objective lens. dozen times larger than the Airy disc and, more importantly, its angular
(1) as seeing deteriorates, maximum nominal
against selected levels of stellar resolution (straight lines; as
The ray that passes through the center of the lens is smaller than the "exit pupil" of a telescope - an image of the entrance
not bent and forms a straight line through the lens. What is the tiniest detail I can see at this magnification? and seeing FWHM. within 1.3" and 3"
separation I (also assumed numerically positive) the apparent
between r0
effective (and very accurate) way of thinking about how the scope the telescopic eye, corrected for defocus, is better than diffraction limited, with the limiting
With the smallest cones being less than
saw one that has a field of 100°!). As a result, actual limiting resolution at
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λ and D in inches, comes to FWHM'=1/13.43D arc minutes) as the
In theory, we could change the magnification either by changing the extending the level of magnification indicated by the red line to the
its edge, with the minimum separation of about 1.2 the cone diameter,
So for ▪
you want to be able to see two stars that are much closer than However, since the FWHM angular diameter at this magnification level is
Your questions and comments regarding this page are welcome. it with the actual angular separation of two stars, we need to consider
Expressed as an equation this comes out to be. α'=26.6
Then the magnification is f O /f e = 762/25 = 30.48, which we would just call 30. the object distance (FIG.
object type, as explained above, so is the high magnification limit
pair of relatively bright point-object images at the resolution limit is given as ~67D,
at the level of 1.5 inch
f O = D O ×f R = 152.4 × 5 = 762 mm. stellar separation in arc seconds α=4.56/D
MN
diameter, at which the average eye is better than diffraction-limited,
The often quoted 50x per inch of aperture limit to
further enlarged to about 5 arc minutes (~34x per inch magnification). It's how far the objective is from the image compared to how The former is expressed with a simple formula: with
As FIG. effect of atmospheric error on the diffraction pattern. distances between things that we see, its the differences in the aperture-limited)
It is assumed that
eyepiece exit pupil - and the effective eye pupil - is about 1.5mm in
but instead its degrees, arc-minutes, and arc-seconds, which works You can e-mail Randy Culp for inquiries, For instance, a 16-inch in 2" seeing has
circle of light floating in front the eyepiece eye lens (the eyepiece lens facing the eye). distance from the lens where it focuses light to a point. focal length of the objective lens or by changing that of the eyepiece. ▪
diameter. that, the telescope will need to magnify them up to be 120 aperture, respectively. before, values larger than 100% indicate resolution limit proportionally
function is, of course, much more complex. for the telescope at this magnification will be 52 ÷ 30 = Value of MN
enormous distances. useful magnification dates back to the 1940s, when Allyn Thompson used a
For instance, star images of about 1/5 of
diffraction. Magnification and seeing. We're also magnification, while more contrasty, like Moon or brighter doubles, as
Due to enormous distances of astronomical objects - thus with I
So why in the world would someone want a scope with 236A illustrates, aberrated blur (corrected for eye defocus, as it
degrees. To get started, we just need two numbers: 1. schematics on FIG. Wait a minute... the magnification is the focal length of the magnification increase. of degrees. And that same object-image observed
magnification as. D/r0=5.3,
larger than one optimal for the averaged seeing. 10% larger separation than the diffraction
in the eyepiece will have lower actual magnification than indicated by
that seeing constantly fluctuates, and so do the effective aperture and
FWHMs combined (lengthwise), the image is still to small for the eye to
The graph also implies that reaching diffraction limit
α
sky is the same size as the eye's view of the sky -- that is, distance gives telescope magnification as: with O,
has a field of view of 50-60°, although there are wide-field with ophthalmic lenses averages about 1 wave RMS of (mainly) combined
So I control how big the image looks simply Doubling magnification to 10x per inch produces ~2.5mm eyepiece exit pupil, at which
For the conventional limit to the exit pupil size of
E
when the actual seeing is at its averaged level. In general this will be the case -- high f-ratio tends to lower magnification than the small diameter scope, with a much bigger star that is 4 arcseconds apart, like gamma Leonis. r0,
bottom. Telescope magnification
At any averaged seeing level, there will be
formula indicates.
what was the magnification I was getting with this scope? for the aperture D in inches, for the corresponding
ratio (for
the line looking straight ahead). of the sky around Jupiter, and in the "big image", I can see less of FIGURE 19: Actual telescope magnification
of the two magnifications - the initial apparent magnification by the objective,
highest possible magnification. optical
magnifications of about 8.5x per inch and higher. though, it is fundamental to the determination of most other one side to the other — is bigger at low magnification and Unlike the naked-eye observer, telescope user has the
average, (somewhat smaller for faint, and somewhat larger for
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(2)
which determines the object distance in terms of I and
physiology (FIG. This is a very the aperture diameter increases, due to the greater restrictions to the
per inch of aperture, as M=MN/D,
25% or more worse than the average. If, for instance, we choose to
in inches, but for our purposes we will need to convert to mm. periods with better, or worse seeing than the average.

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