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The Era of Long Telescopes

  • Neil English
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Part of the Historical & Cultural Astronomy book series (HCA)

Abstract

The telescopes used by Galileo and his contemporaries were not very powerful, more suited in fact to terrestrial viewing than astronomical observation. The design could only be used to give a rather limited magnification (of the order of 30×). The images were also plagued with optical imperfections owing to the rather crude design of the earliest lenses.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Neil English
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  1. 1.Fintry by GlasgowUK

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