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University of Nebraska - Lincoln

2007

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Chromatic Aberration Of Eyepieces In Early Telescopes, M. Eugene Rudd Jan 2007

Chromatic Aberration Of Eyepieces In Early Telescopes, M. Eugene Rudd

M. Eugene Rudd Publications

The twofold objective of this study is (1) to identify and give a brief review of the historical development of the various designs of early (pre-1850) telescope eyepieces, and (2) to determine by measurements and calculations the axial and lateral chromatic aberrations of a number of extant eyepieces from that period in order to provide basic data on which to judge the relative quality of different eyepiece forms. Eight distinct types of eyepieces containing one to five lens elements are discussed and illustrated. The second objective was addressed by measuring the focal lengths of the individual lens elements and the ...