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Astronomical telescope: derivation - greatest magnification (detail) formula

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  1. Nov 16, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I am seeking a derivation of the formula for greatest detail or maximum resolution of an astronomical telescope, which is:


    2. Relevant equations

    M = fo/foe where:

    M: magnification
    fo: focal length of objective lens
    foe: distance of primary image from the eyepiece

    N.B. Of course, the final image (seen through the eyepiece) is at the eye's near point

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Clearly the ratio di/do is important but I am uncertain about how to proceed from here. The formula is puzzling because it seems disjoint (related to two different lenses). Any help gratefully received. Sadly, geometric proofs are not my strongpoint! :)

    Many thanks
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data



    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 17, 2012 #2
    It is unclear what you want to obtain. Maximum magnification or maximum resolution? These are quite different.
     
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