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The minimum diameter of the light beam leaving an eyepiece though which all of the light from the eyepiece passes. It can be calculated in either of two ways: by dividing the diameter of the telescope's primary objective by the magnification, or by dividing the focal length of the eyepiece by the focal ratio (f-number) of the telescope. For example, a telescope with a 20-cm (8-inch) primary mirror using a magnification 38x results in an exit pupil of 5.3 mm. The observer' eye should be located at the exit pupil to see the full and brightest field of view.


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