I'm in the process of building my own reflector telescope; I have an 8" primary mirror with a focal length of 1200mm.
Of course a telescope has a focuser that lets the eyepiece move up and down until the image of whatever you're observing is perfectly in focus. My question is - where on a ray diagram is this 'perfect focus' found, and what determines it?
For an object at infinity, reflected by a concave mirror, the image is formed at the focal point. Therefore, I originally assumed that focus is achieved when the eyepiece is at the focal point, and the image is magnified by the eyepiece so that it's visible to a human eye.
However I've seen several ray diagrams that depict the eyepiece as being positioned some distance beyond the focal point, where the rays have started to diverge, and the eyepiece then 'straightens out' the rays so that they're parallel. If this is the case, what determines this distance?