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L7-24. Terrestrial Telescope - TV


To illustratre how a terrestrial telescope works.


TV camera, 5cm, 10cm and 20 cm focusing lenses on optical rail, and mounted object on separate optical rail, TV monitor not shown.

Setup Time

5 minutes.




The TV camera functions as the eye, so what the eye sees can be viewed on a monitor or the rear projection screen. A 5 cm convex lens acts as the eyepiece, a 20 cm convex lens is the objective lens, and a 10 cm convex inverting lens between the objective and the eyepiece, with the TV camera focused at infinity (relaxed eye). The rule is positioned across the lecture hall (at infinity) from the telescope. The image is seen to be erect and to have a magnification M=f(ob)/f(eye). The magnification can be checked by viewing a two-meter stick with the TV camera directly and then with the telescope