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An  in depth tutorial about the physics behind telescopes and spectrographs. The tutorial includes graphics, and questions with fully worked out solutions. The user can complete the tutorial online, print it, or download it.
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- Instrumentation
= Telescopes
- Geometrical Optics
= Optical Instruments
Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
= Interference and Diffraction
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Curriculum
= Tutorial
= Unit of Instruction
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- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Lesson Plan
- Activity
- Laboratory
- Assessment
- New teachers
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Angular magnification, Cassegrain telescope, Galilean telescope, Gemini, Integral field unit spectrograph, Johannes Kepler, Keplerian telescope, Newtonian telescope, Schmidt plate, Schmidt telescopes, Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, adaptive optics, alt-azimuth mounting, angular dispersion, angular resolution, aperture, astigmatism, astronomical telescope, chromatic aberration, collimator, collimator, coma, concave, constructive, convex, declination, destructive, diffraction, dispersion, echelle spectrograph, equatorial mounting, eyepiece, fibre-fed spectrograph, field stop, field-of-view, focal length, fringes, grating, image scale, interference, lens, mirror, monochromatic, multi-slit spectrograph, pattern, point spread function, polar, prism, real images, reflecting telescope, refracting telescope, refraction, spectral order, spherical aberration, virtual image, volume phase holographic grating
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Open University, (2008), WWW Document, (http://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/science/telescopes-and-spectrographs/content-section-0).
Open University, Telescopes and Spectrographs, (2008), <http://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/science/telescopes-and-spectrographs/content-section-0>.
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Open University. (2008, August 4). Telescopes and Spectrographs. Retrieved January 21, 2017, from http://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/science/telescopes-and-spectrographs/content-section-0
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Open University. Telescopes and Spectrographs. August 4, 2008. http://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/science/telescopes-and-spectrographs/content-section-0 (accessed 21 January 2017).
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