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Ray Diagrams

Telescopes work by collecting a lot of light and then use mirrors (Reflecting telescopes) or lenses (Refracting telescopes) to focus that light, i.e. to bring it together at a point. We can use ray diagrams to show how the light goes through the lenses and reflects off the mirrors inside the telescope.

Here are some ray diagrams for a number of different telescopes:


Please note that over the weekend of the 26-28th May 2017 we will be switching over to our brand new website - during this time there may be periods where the site is difficult to access, and users will be unable to request observations from the telescope. Please bear with us during this time. All should be back up and running by the 29th May 2017.