(a) What is the angular separation of two stars if their images

(a) What is the angular separation of two stars if their images are barely resolved by the Thaw refracting telescope at the Allegheny Observatory in Pittsburgh? The lens diameter is 76 cm and its focal length is 14 m. Assume λ = 550 nm.

(b) Find the distance between these barely resolved stars if each of them is 10 light-years distant from Earth.

(c) For the image of a single star in this telescope, find the diameter of the first dark ring in the diffraction pattern, as measured on a photographic plate placed at the focal plane of the

telescope lens. Assume that the structure of the image is associated entirely with diffraction at the lens aperture and not with lens "errors."

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