vignetting in the spectrograph

Forums Spectroscopy LHires experience – and some issues… vignetting in the spectrograph

Robin Leadbeater

Here I am talking about the light beam after the slit. It has to fit through the collimator in both directions. The collimator is f8 but there is an angle between the beam in each direction and the return beam is also dispersed by the grating so is wider. This means an f8 beam will overspill the collimator hence the f10 design specification for the LHIRES. Running at f8 does not affect the spectrum quality appreciably though, you just lose a bit of light. In spectrograph design there is a trade off between slit width, focal ratio and resolution. The upshot is though for a given resolution, the size of  spectrograph optics scales with telescope aperture.