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21 December 1981 Imaging Performance Of The Faint Object Camera
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The Faint Object Camera is one of five scientific instruments being developed for the Space Telescope to be launched in 1984-1985. This paper outlines how the scientific goals of the Space Telescope of spatial resolution and detection capability are achieved through the performance of the Faint Object Camera. The optical configuration of the Faint Object Camera is presented and it is shown how a range of focal ratios of f/48, f/96 and f/288 are achieved within the standard scientific instrument envelope of the Space Telescope. It is demonstrated how the high spatial resolution of the Space Telescope leads to a high limiting detection efficiency, better than any ground based telescope. The design aspects which allow the high spatial resolution to be maintained over exposures of up to 10 hours are outlined.
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Robin J. Laurance "Imaging Performance Of The Faint Object Camera", Proc. SPIE 0295, Control and Communication Technology in Laser Systems, (21 December 1981); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.932409
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