2012: Testing a 20" and a 4.0" m.a. flat
20" mirror came in for testing and refiguring. The departure from a parabolic figure is
shown in the error plot below.
mirror is not too bad in terms of peak-to-valley error, but there are
some significant slope errors (referred to as transverse error),
particularly on either side of the 80% zone, that will throw light well
outside of the ideal airy disk diameter, thus bloating star images and
harming the sharpness of stars and other small details seen on planets
or deep sky objects. The figure of revolution of the mirror
looked quite good.
The flat was shipped with the primary, and here is a test of it against a reference flat.
is painfully obvious, the fringes are not straight, parallel and evenly
spaced, so this "flat" is nowhere near flat. In fact, it is at
least a full wave concave based on a quick look at the fringe shape.
This curvature would likely have caused significant astigmatism
in the views seen through the eyepiece of this telescope.
Both mirrors are now being reworked.
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