Glossary term: Optical Telescope

Description: An optical telescope is an instrument that is used to observe and study astronomical objects in visible (optical) light by using mirrors (a reflecting telescope) and/or lenses (a refracting telescope). Telescopes were originally developed to observe distant objects on Eath but were soon turned to astronomical use. Telescopes can range in size from a few centimeters across to diameters over then meters.

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