Elliptical Flats

Elliptical Flats

All our secondary Elliptical flats are available to buy here online (see bottom of this page) and are coated with Hilux coatings. The top part of the diagram opposite shows a highly magnified but not to thickness scale of light travelling through Hilux and being reflected off the aluminium layer. The left green arrow shows that perpendicular light (almost identical to the light striking a primary telescope mirror) is reflected almost along the exact line it struck the mirror. The magenta arrow shows the distance the light travelled (twice the distance shown) under this method.

Compare this with the right hand side of the diagram which shows the much longer distance light has to travel through the Hilux multilayers when struck under the circumstances occurring when light strikes the secondary elliptical mirror in a Newtonian type telescope.

The light travels around 40% further overall because of this effect. Because of this, the actual layers of Hilux have to be significantly reduced to enable the Hilux layers to operate at maximum performance. If the layers were not reduced, i.e. they were coated as in a normal telescope mirror, as most other companies coat, the performance is significantly reduced. This does not only apply to Hilux, it applies to every coating on mirrors used at 45 degrees as in Newtonian type telescopes. So if your secondary has not been coated in this manner, your telescope is not working to it’s maximum and can be improved if coated properly, especially with Hilux.

Elliptical Secondary Mirrors (Flat) – Products Available Below
Minor axis mm Major axis mm Thickness mm Material
35 49 10 Plate
44 62 10 Plate
50 71 10 Plate
63 89 10 Plate
75 106 10 Plate
82 116 10 Plate
90 127 15.5 Pyrex
100 141 15.5 Pyrex
110 155 15.5 Pyrex
120 169 15.5 Pyrex
130 183 15.5 Pyrex
140 197 20 Pyrex
150 212 20 Pyrex
160 226 20 Pyrex
170 240 20 Pyrex

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