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Orion Catadioptric Telescopes

Catadioptric Telescopes

If you're looking for Catadioptric telescopes, then you've come to the right place. If you're just a star gazer or you're interested in a career in astronomy, having a high quality telescope is the best way to keep the avid hobbyist interested. These unique telescopes are actually a hybrid of both the reflector and refractor telescopes that have been on the market for generations. The name of these telescopes comes from the kind of lenses that are used within: both dioptric lenses (that are used in refractor telescopes) and catoptrics, which are curved mirrors. This unique design has combined the benefits of both so that there are greater error correction and a wider field of view of the night sky.

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Finding the Best Catadioptric Telescope for your Needs

 

Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescopes

A popular model of catadioptric telescopes, Schmidt-Cassegrains telescopes have become on the most popular models in the market, due to its versatility and compact size for easy transport. Most models are only about twice as long as the size of the aperture, so they can be folded up quiet easily and taken to another location for use. Many modern models are now computerized, making it easy to find that celestial body you've been looking for.

 

Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescopes

These telescopes are an alternative design to the Schmidt-Cassegrains, the main difference being the corrector lens being at the front of the telescope. This corrector lens is a highly curved spherical lens called a meniscus corrector while Schmidt-Cassegrains use spherical mirrors. This has made the corrector lens in the former much thicker and much less suited for seeing astronomical bodies in deep sky. However, these catadioptric telescopes are still relatively inexpensive and are still popular for those interested in astronomy.

 

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