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The Theory of Optimizing Your Telescope to Detect the Faintest Stars

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Ronald E. Zissell

Williston Observatory, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA 01075




The theory of optical imaging of point and extended sources is used to develop formulae describing object-to-sky contrast ratios. Study of these formulae will allow one how to optimize and instrument for a particular observing program.


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