I have recently gotten back into amatuer astronomy after being out of it for years and my renewed interest has sparked a question.
The power of an optical telescope is based on the amount of light it is able to collect, hence a 16" scope is more powerful thenan 8" scope. So my question is , can you approxamate the results of a 16" scope by using 2 8" scopes with a CCD setup and combining the input from the 2? I understand that the actual setup would not be as simple as described, but shouldnt you be able to approximate the same amount of light capture of a larger telescope with mthe comined capture of multiple smaller telescopes. Thanks, and hope this question isnt to obvious to some people.
My first guess is that the answer is "no" probably due to effects related to resolution. but i defer to anyone who has more knowledge on this.