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Adaptive Optics Affords Better View of Space

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KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M., July 17, 2006 -- Most astronomers would probably say that a good telescope and good weather are necessary to capture a high-quality image of an object in space. But a scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Directed Energy Directorate would say true quality is only achievable with adaptive optics. "You could have a 100-meter (328 feet) mirror on a telescope, but without adaptive optics, you will get the same image resolution as an off-the-shelf 4-inch telescope," said Lt. Col. Dennis Montera, chief of the analysis branch at Starfire Optical Range, a research facility of the lab's Optics...Read full article

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