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3.5.1 OM telescope

The OM telescope consists of $f/12.7$ modified Ritchey Chrétien optics (see schematic in Fig. 98). From the primary mirror, incoming light is reflected onto a secondary from where it is reflected onto a rotatable $45^\circ$ flat mirror located behind the primary, which can direct the beam onto one of two detector assemblies operated in cold redundancy. See more details of the telescope parts at: http://www.mssl.ucl.ac.uk/www_astro/xmm/om/om.html

Spectral resolution can be achieved by the use of narrow-band filters contained within the Optical Monitor's filter wheel; there are also two grisms in the filter wheel for low resolution spectroscopy.

Figure 98: The light path in XMM-Newton's optical/UV telescope, OM.
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