### plate scale

(image scale)
(relation between angle and distance across an image)

Plate scale (or image scale) is a measure of telescopes that produce images on focal planes, such as for photographing (e.g., on photographic plates). It is the relation between angle across the celestial sphere and distance across the image. Effectively, it is a measure of magnification or what's termed power for binoculars and backyard telescopes, but oriented toward imaging, etc. A plate scale generally does not determine the telescope's angular resolution, which more basically depends on the consequences of diffraction, i.e., Airy disks and any seeing issues. The plate scale is proportional to the reciprocal of the telescope's focal length. Equations:

```p = θ/s ∝ 1/f

p(arcsec/mm) = 206265/fmm
```
• p - plate scale
• θ - angle across the celestial sphere.
• s - distance across the image.
• f - focal length
• parcsec/mm - plate scale in arcseconds per millimeter.
• fmm - focal length in millimeters.

(telescopes,measure)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plate_scale

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