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From Backyard to Mountaintop: The Adventures of History’s Best Worst Telescope

by Michael Wright Our first meeting of the new year will be on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in a new location:  Bowen Hall (see Princeton campus maps for building and parking locations).  Alan Hirshfeld, Professor of Physics at the University … Continue reading

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How to Buy Your First Telescope

by Michael Wright Around the holidays, astronomers get asked by friends and family members about how to buy a first telescope.  In fact, the club received just such a questions last week from someone whose interest was sparked by a … Continue reading

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No More Peeping into a Telescope

by Prasad Ganti The word “telescope” conjures an image of a long scope with lenses or mirrors and an eyepiece to peep in to see the light collected by the lenses and mirrors. Well, this is the traditional optical telescope, … Continue reading

Posted in October 2013, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Geometrical Optics and the Hastings-Byrne Refractor: Part II

John Church Last month I reviewed the “lens-maker’s formula” that allows one to calculate the focal length (the inverse of the “power”) of a thin lens, provided that one knows the refractive index of the glass and the radii of … Continue reading

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