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Same area, different shape. pro's & cons

Pure speculation about a future replacement for the JWST that I almost certainly won't live to see. The JWST's mirror (and then some) would fit unfolded and flat into the Starship's 8m diameter ...
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Is it possible to take the same images in HST palette as the optic telescope but with radio telescope?

Is it possible to detect signal from SII, H$\alpha$, OIII using radio telescope and make the similar images as optic telescope? If no, can we use the different elements to take signal? What minimal ...
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How much magnification would I get by this Dall-Kirkham telescope?

I'd like to know how much magnification I would get by this telescope. The main specs are as follows: Focal length: 2563 mm Focal ratio: F/7.2 Number of lenses: 2 Optical diameter of Primary mirror: ...
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Improving portability of truss Newtonian

I'm designing a 10in f/6 truss Newtonian as a sort of big travel scope; something that I can break down into parts to fit in a backpack or similar but will still give me decent angular resolution. In ...
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Trouble Seeing Distant Planets Such as Jupiter and Uranus

I am a beginner and I am using a Celestron AstroMaster 114 telescope. Whenever I try to view distant planets such as Jupiter I am presented with a black circle that has black lines leading from it. In ...
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Maximum number of pixels across a synthesized beam in an ALMA image?

I have some ALMA data, from which I have created images using the TCLEAN task in CASA. I understand that with this type of data, it is necessary to have at least 2 pixels across the FWHM of the ...
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How much do collimation and viewing conditions affect magnification and viewing?

Before I start this post, I'd first like to make clear that this account is an alternate of my SovereignInquiry account--at the moment, accessing this account is much more convenient, so if things I ...
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Will the James Webb Space Telescope need re-alignment of primary mirror segments?

I couldn't find an answer to this question. James Webb Space Telescope will align primary mirror segments and secondary mirror in space. Question is whether these will need re-alignment during the ...
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The most precise way to point the true north

Since all of my telescopes have equatorial mount and It needs to be placed with respect to North direction, what is the best way to point the North. Expecting answers that doesn't suggests methods ...
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Hoping to do some viewing and astrophotography with a large-ish Dobsonian and a DLSR, is this scheme workable?

I haven't put a camera behind a telescope since the lunar eclipse of 1975 except for a few experiments with a cell phone held behind a pair of binoculars. I want the occasional thrill of using a ...
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Can I use an achromatic focal reducer to reduce chromatic aberration?

I am using 75/1000 Plano convex lens to build telescope. Can I use an achromatic focal reducer to reduce chromatic aberration?
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Can I use 75mm Plano convex lens to build telescope [closed]

I want to see Jupiter with moon. So am planning to build telescope. Can I use 75mm Plano convex lens with 1000mm focal length?
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Will these simple 2 convex lens arrangement telescope see the moon clearly?

Hi readers, I am planning to build my telescope. Does this very simple 2 convex lens arrangement even possible to observe the moon clearly with high magnification? I am planning to buy 5 cm diameter ...
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What are the technological advancements that made it possible for modern large telescopes to work with alt-az mounts instead of equatorial mounts?

The video Earth's Rotation Visualized in a Timelapse of the Milky Way Galaxy - 4K (linked below) and discussion below this answer to Why does a timelapse video of a stationary Milky Way make the ...
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When might Rowan-Robinson's planet be discovered or disproved?

A month ago Michael Rowan-Robinson discovered three dots on old images of the sky which may or may not be an undiscovered planet (that's not identical to Brown's and Batigyn's hypothetical planet). I ...
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Why do satellites appear as streaks in telescope images?

Can you explain me in simple words why the satellite in this telescope image appears as a streak? The exposure time is 1 second.
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What new fundamental knowledge could a very, very large optical telescope bring? [closed]

Very large baseline radio telescopes bring many mysteries of the cosmos to us. We build them because they are feasible. Say, in the future, we could build very large optical telescopes in deep space, ...
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What should I look for in a first telescope for a child?

I'm in a situation that I think many parents find themselves: my son has said that for Christmas he wants "a telescope so that I can see the planets". Which is cool, and I certainly would ...
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New to Astrophotography

I just had a quick question on my telescope I recently purchased. I have a Canon Rebel XTi and I paired that with the William Optics Guide Star 61 Guidescope. The Specs on the Scope are: Guide Scope ...
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Could someone explain what is wrong with my telescope, and what should I be able to see with it?

In January of 2016, I received my first telescope, through Astronomers Without Borders. It was and is my first telescope: an AWB 130 Newtonian tabletop telescope with a 650mm focal length and a 130mm ...
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How big would a telescope have to be to get a good look at the nearest neutron star?

It's my understanding of observational astronomy that the size of a telescope limits its effective angular resolution, which is why scientists needed to use radio telescopes all over the globe to look ...
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Which one is better for both the beginner dad and the 7-yr old? Sky-Watcher 130P or Celestron StarSense Explorer 114AZ

I am looking for a beginner scope for myself and my 7-yr old. She has been asking for a telescope for some time but I don't know how immersed she would be, once bought. So, I want something which can ...
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Telescope/s functioning from underground mines

Theoretically and Practically, Can a Telescope function for the astronomer observed from underground mines? By "telescope" I mean the instrument used by astronomers to observe stars, planets ...
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How is resolution defined?

So I'm looking at a 1 meter square object in my digital camera. What size of pixel is considered fine enough that the object is considered to be resolved? Obviously a pixel size of one meter squared ...
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Would a telescope substantially away from the ecliptic plane improve TNO detection?

There have been lots of new TNOs found in the last decade. Would a telescope far from the ecliptic plane be useful to image them, and spot new ones? What about planet nine, assuming it exists: would ...
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How has the price of an amateur telescope 8-inch, f/8 finished, aluminized mirror varied over the last fifty years?

During a discussion in The Observatory I was remembering that an 8-inch telescope mirror, polished and aluminized, cost something like \$100 to \$200 US in the mid 1970's. Just now I've seen an add in ...
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How does eyepiece exit pupil diameter affect image clarity and viewing experience?

This answer to Not Able to View Objects with Barlow Lens includes a calculation of exit pupil diameter as a way to address the limits of useful magnification when observing planets with a small ...
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Not Able to View Objects with Barlow Lens

I am new to using a telescope and am having a hard time using a Barlow lens. I was able to find Jupiter multiple times using a 6mm lens with a telescope that has a D = 60mm and FL = 700mm. I am very ...
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How exactly does NEOSTEL's fly's eye telescope's secondary mirror array split the primary beam among sixteen cameras?

Wikipedia's NEOSTEL says: The Near Earth Object Survey TELescope (NEOSTEL - also known as "Flyeye") is an astronomical survey and early-warning system for detecting near-Earth objects sized ...
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I'm considering buying a telescope, which type should I choose?

I am considering buying a telescope for amateur viewing. I am planning to view the stars from my backyard, which is in an area with reasonable light pollution (most of Orion's primary stars are ...
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Advice for next steps with astrophotography

Over the last year, I have started to take up the hobby of astrophotography. At the moment I have been focused on planetary astrophotography. Up until now I have been using a Celestron 5SE telescope (...
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How come I can point to two places with telescope and have the same coordinates?

Absolute beginner here. I read through the telescope manual, watched many videos, and got a pretty decent understanding of DEC and R.A. However, I don't understand one thing (where theory doesn't ...
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If Proxima Centauri was replace with a quasi-star, would our telescopes be able to see it in fine detail?

Quasi-stars, if they ever existed, were stupid big and stupid bright; many times bigger, brighter, and more massive than any star supported by fusion can be. There's no question that it could be seen ...
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Can large scientific telescopes observe the Moon without being damaged?

When I look at the full Moon through my 10cm telescope, it is so bright that it hurts. Can large scientific telescopes observe the moon at all? Does that require special protection equipment? Or ...
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Tracking deep sky objects

I have a Celestron Astromaster 130Eq. I saw all the planets in our solar system and quite satisfied. Now I am in the hunt for DSOs, but living in a city is a disaster for tracking some good-for-...
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Schmidt corrector plate on a Newtonian = Schmidt Cassegrain?

Went on with a wide range of telescopes and its mechanics. To my understanding, the only change in the optical function in Schmidt Cassegrain telescope is a Schmidt's corrector plate in front of an ...
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Not getting quality images in telescope

I have a Newtonian telescope (Celestron 130 eq) with 5.2 inch (~132 mm) aperture with 650 mm focal length, Spherical mirror. And having 4mm, 10mm, 12.5mm, 20mm,20mm (erecting eyepiece), a 3x and 1.5x ...
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What is the difference between a Cassegrain telescope and a Gregorian one? Which one is better?

Of the three giant (or 'Extremely Large') new telescopes being built, the Thirty-Meter (TMT), the the Giant Magellan (GMT) and the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), only the Magellan, from what I ...
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How to determine the color term for a filter with a systematically bluer offset than the standard

This is a hypothetical scenario in an attempt to test my understanding of the color term when performing photometric calibrations: Imagine we are observing stars through a B filter with an offset ...
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Would Atlas Pro's prediction about the color of plant in Kepler-186F work as a biosignature to search for life?

The Atlas Pro video that prompted this question is this. Tl;dr: it is argued that due to the different spectrum of radiation emitted by Kepler-186 and what is known about the evolution of ...
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Can you advise on the construction of a large segmented primary mirror (hobbiest)?

I am interested in experimenting with the building of a large parabolic primary mirror constructed from 4" hexagon mirrors mounted on a "rough" parabolic surface with either 3 screw ...
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Database capable of determining or predicting tumble of space debris

The tumble of space debris will need to be understood before large scale, active debris removal missions can be carried out. Tumble is really hard to precisely determine because most debris has lost ...
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A new (radio) neutrino telescope in Greenland?

I just stumbled upon ScienceMag news from July 14th, 2021 which says: By placing hundreds of radio antennas on the ice surface and dozens of meters below it, they hope to trap elusive particles known ...
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Do telescope measurements (in meters, usually) measure in a straight line, from edge to edge, or follow the curve of the mirror?

Somehow, no site or book or magazine has clarified this question for me.... Perhaps I am an idiot, but, Is the parabolic primary mirror on the new James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) 6.5 meters from ...
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If the visibility function is the Fourier transform of the sky brightness distribution, why do you need the dirty beam and dirty image to find it?

In radio astronomy, the dirty image is equal to the inverse Fourier transform of the uv-plane coverage times the sampled visibilities. The dirty image is also equal to the convolution of the "...
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Is there a complete guide on how to use telescopes?

tl;dr As said by @uhoh in the comments, is there A Big Book of Telescopes? i.e: Is there some kind of media that gives a complete treatment to telescopes? I am relatively new to Astronomy.SE. I wanted ...
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What can I see with different apertures?

I'm looking to buy a telescope, and every mainstream website says that aperture is the most important factor, and buy the largest telescope your budget can afford. However, a website I found offering ...
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How common are telescopes with the finder scope on the right side?

Are there telescopes where the finder scope is mounted on the (upper) right of the body? Are they common? If not, are there any ways around this (e.g. can I mount a lightweight telescope "...
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Can a hydrogen bomb explosion be seen from every distance?

When we use the strongest optic telescope available, how far from Earth can a hydrogen bomb explode in space and be visible for this telescope? Is there a fundamental limit to this distance? Even for ...
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2001 VB - when will it be reacquired?

2001 VB's orbit is poorly known but has a two-in-a-billion risk of a collision with the earth in 2023. Assuming that it were on a collision course, when would it be likely to be reacquired? Which ...

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