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Stargazing Prismatic Telescope Image

  1. Dec 9, 2006 #1
    I have successfully constructed a prismatic telescope with a fairly sharp, erect image. However, I was disappointed to discover that the image was vertically flipped!

    That is, in real life, there would be a car on the left and a man on the right.
    When looking through the telescope, the image seen shows the car on the right and the man on the left... its flipped! =o

    I would greatly appreciate if someone could tell me how to remedy this problem... if it is even possible to remedy it...

    And why does this occur??

    Many thanks!!
     
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  3. Dec 9, 2006 #2

    chroot

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    Draw a diagram of the visual path of the telescope, then trace a ray from the right side of the objective, and another from the left side of the objective.

    - Warren
     
  4. Dec 9, 2006 #3
    hmm... i read your advice but i don't really understand what you mean... i tried drawing a finder-ray diagram to illustrate the vertical flipping of the image but i did not manage to attain an asnwer as to why the image is vertically flipped. the finder-ray diagram only showed the side of the object... and its actually the face of the object that is flipped vertically...

    please help!!
     
  5. Dec 9, 2006 #4

    chroot

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    There are many different kinds of "prismatic telescopes," and I can't help you without a diagram of the one you made.

    - Warren
     
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