resolving power

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the ability of a microscope or telescope to measure the angular separation of images that are close together

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Detection of larger objects (e.g., tanks in underground bunkers) would require less angular resolution. This will allow operation at higher altitudes and speeds and/or large swath widths.
Both urban and motorway cruise control require good angular resolution to establish the position of all vehicles of interest in a forward zone that can extend for 150 to 200 m.
Goodman says this pooling of detectors should improve the angular resolution of CYGNUS' scintillators, helping to better pinpoint the direction of cosmic gamma sources.
Interferometry is relatively new to astronomy, and Georgia State's Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy array was the first facility to use interferometry to image a star similar to the Sun in 2007.
Gamma-ray telescopes have poor angular resolution, and observations in radio, infrared, and X-rays haven't detected conclusive signs of a flare.
Additionally, the event marks the first time a greater-than-100-MeV gamma-ray source has been localized to the sun's disk, thanks to the LAT's keen angular resolution.
It is also ideal for follow up observations to determine the detailed structure of, for example, transient radio sources which will be detected by the array and which will need speedy follow up measurements with the better angular resolution provided by VLBI.
The radar is quoted as having an angular resolution of 0.1[degrees] and a bearing accuracy of 1[degree], as well as being able to establish target numbers, ranges, bearings, courses, and speeds.
Laser radars operate very much like microwave radars, but their operating frequencies are 3000 times higher, providing laser radars with remarkably high angular resolution. On the detrimental side, atmospheric absorption losses of optical signals are several orders of magnitude greater than those of microwave signals and laser radars operating in the earth's atmosphere are restricted to 1.06 [macro]m and 10.6 [macro]m wavelengths where lower absorption windows exist.
The angular resolution or sharpness of the pictures is 1.1 arc-seconds.
ATLASGAL covers only the Galactic plane, but with high angular resolution. Combining both provides excellent spatial dynamic range.
A state-of-the-art adaptive-optics secondary mirror has now been installed on one, sharpening its angular resolution tenfold.
To achieve that angular resolution in a single telescope, it would have to be 130 meters in diameter.