Developments in Optics and the Newly Invented Telescope

  • Wilson Wall
Part of the Historical & Cultural Astronomy book series (HCA)


After the original flurry of activity and outstanding discoveries associated with the first two lens telescopes, frustrations started to develop as it was realised that there were limits to these instruments. To start improving an instrument, whether this is a telescope or any other device, it is necessary to describe what its shortcomings are.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wilson Wall
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  1. 1.BewdleyUK

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