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flux collector




An imprecise term generally applied to a large reflecting telescope that is designed to capture as much radiation from a celestial source as possible. Also known as light buckets, flux collectors may sacrifice some accuracy of form for large aperture and are usually designed for use at infrared and submilliemeter wavelengths.


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