Category:Ritchey-Chrétien telescopes

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English: The Ritchey–Chrétien telescope or RCT is a specialized Cassegrain telescope designed to eliminate coma, thus providing a large field of view compared to a more conventional configuration. An RCT has a hyperbolic primary and a hyperbolic secondary mirror. It was invented in the early 1910s by American astronomer George Willis Ritchey (1864–1945) and French astronomer Henri Chrétien (1879–1956). Ritchey constructed the first successful RCT, which had a diameter aperture of instrument constructed by Ritchey for the United States Naval Observatory; that telescope is still in operation at the Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station.
Ritchey–Chrétien telescope 
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specialized Cassegrain telescope
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Subclass ofCassegrain reflector
Named after
  • George Willis Ritchey
  • Henri Chrétien
Discoverer or inventor
  • George Willis Ritchey
  • Henri Chrétien
Inception1910s
date QS:P,+1910-00-00T00:00:00Z/8
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