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focal plane

noun, Optics.
a plane through a focal point and normal to the axis of a lens, mirror, or other optical system.
Compare principal plane.
the transverse plane in a telescope where the real image of a distant view is in focus.
Origin of focal plane
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for focal plane
  • Five instruments can be mounted at the focal plane of the telescope.
  • And the focal plane is almost perfectly flat, so the edges of your shots won't be too blurry.
  • Photographing with a point-and-shoot camera means an especially deep focal plane.
  • The satellite's light detector has two focal plane arrays-one for star tracking and for the transit observations.
  • The plug plates physically hold the fibers in the correct positions at the focal plane of the telescope.
  • The detector is the focal plane, pretty much by definition.
  • The focal plane shutter and mirror will not operate.
British Dictionary definitions for focal plane

focal plane

the plane that is perpendicular to the axis of a lens or mirror and passes through the focal point
the plane in a telescope, camera, or other optical instrument in which a real image is in focus
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