Glossary term: Optical Telescope

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

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