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    Optics and Telescopes Help

    Basic Optics Until a few hundred years ago, the only instrument available for astronomical observation was the human eye. This changed in the 1600s when several experimenters, including such notables as Galileo Galilei and Isaac Newton, combined lenses and ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Your Home Observatory Help

    Your Home Observatory Now that you have some knowledge of what goes on beyond the reaches of Earth’s atmosphere, you can more fully appreciate what you see when you look up after the Sun goes down. You don’t have to spend your life’s savings on ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    The Compound Microscope Help

    Introduction Optical microscopes are designed to greatly magnify the images of objects too small to resolve with the unaided eye. Microscopes, in contrast to telescopes, work at close range. The design is in some ways similar to that of the telescope, but ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Optics Practice Test

    Review the following concepts if needed: Behavior of Light Help Snell's Law ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Lenses and Mirrors Help

    Introduction to Lenses and Mirrors—The Convex Lens The ways in which visible light is reflected and refracted can be used to advantage. This was first discovered when experimenters noticed that specially shaped pieces of glass could make objects look ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Reflection and Refracting Telescopes Help

    Refracting Telescopes—Galilean Refractor The first telescopes were developed in the 1600s and used lenses. Any telescope that enlarges distant images with lenses alone is called a refracting telescope .

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Astronomical Telescope Help

    Telescope Specifications—Magnification Several parameters are significant when determining the effectiveness of a telescope for various applications. Here are the most important ones. Magnification ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Telescope Peripherals Help

    Introduction to Telescope Peripherals—Photometer At the world’s large observatories, the astronomers make use of instruments to record, analyze, and enhance the images. Rarely does a telescope operator ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Optics and Telescopes Practice Problems

    Review the following concepts if needed: Optics and Telescopes Help

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Choosing a Telescope Help

    Choosing a Telescope If you want to see planetary detail or intricate features on the Moon, you will need a telescope. Here we’ll take a pragmatic view. If reading this chapter tempts you to go out and buy a telescope, that’s fine, but don’t ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional

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