For free-space propagation, often laser sources with Gaussian intensity profile are utilized. A Cassegrainian telescope's central obstruction can block a significant amount of the transmitted beam energy. The previously known approaches to solve the problem include: use of an axicon optical element and or sub-aperture illumination of the telescope primary mirror. Two new approaches have been identified to eliminate all secondary mirror and baffle vignetting. These approaches include a beam-slicer and a beam-splitter/combiner optics. The new approaches eliminate the precise alignment required for axicon devices and are simple to fabricate. The beam-splitter/prism combiner approach results in a clean far field pattern and has transmission divergence that is limited to the diffraction limit for each of the sub-aperture transmission beams.© (2002) COPYRIGHT SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering. Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.