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There are a couple different ways this could go, depending on where in the optical train (of other powered items such as mirrors and lenses) this particular mirror is. In a simple case, such as when you view a "funhouse mirror," the mirror causes pure distortion, and not any defocus or aberrations. This is easily corrected either with a mirror of ...


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There is one excellent reason for putting a space telescope way out from the sun and that's because it's dark out there! No matter where you look, there's always a background sky level that limits the ultimate sensitivity of a telescope. Now even in the near-earth space environment the sky is markedly darker than it is for even the darkest ground-based ...


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The disadvantages would likely outweight the advantages. It's cold out there. This makes it easier to keep an infra-red telescope cool The sun's just a super-bright star. This means more of the sky is visible and not in the glare of the sun. However you orbit so slowly that there will be a few objects that you won't be able to image because they are behind ...


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The Moon is the easiest target to start with. After that, try whichever bright planets are currently in the sky: Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Venus. Then get a star map and try to find some of the brighter star clusters, nebulas, and galaxies. I recommend the monthly sky maps and object lists at Skymaps.com. Latitude 19°N falls midway between their northern ...


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