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Cassegrain telescopes literally "bend" the light coming into the telescope by using a series of mirrors, which greatly reduces the length of the scope, and reduces the weight, too. There are several different types of Cassegrain scopes" Schmidt-Cassegrain, Maksutov-Cassegrain, and Schmidt Cameras. Each type produces different results. To find out the differences, read a telescope buying guide, to decide which type of Cassegrain telescope is right for you.