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Optical Field-Of-View



This diagram shows the field-of-view of a 128 x 128 photodetector array at 10,600 nm.

The diagram shows the field-of-view of an infrared telescope in relation to the average angular distance between solar-type stars out to a distance of 1,000 light years. As can be seen, this average angular separation is much greater than the FOV of the 128 x 128 photodiode array. Hence, it does not make sense to conduct an "All Sky Survey" in the infrared spectrum, since most of the time the array would just be observing empty space! Note that the array FOV is not drawn to scale.


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