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Meaning of focal plane

fo'cal plane"

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— Optics. Optics.
  1. a plane through a focal point and normal to the axis of a lens, mirror, or other optical system. Cf. principal plane.
  2. the transverse plane in a telescope where the real image of a distant view is in focus.
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