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Who invented the telescope ?

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Asked by Kavita Prsd, 21 Dec '09 01:39 am
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The history of the telescope dates back to the early 1600s. Galileo Galilei is commonly credited for inventing the telescope, but this is not accurate. Galileo was the first to use a telescope for the purpose of astronomy in 1609 (400 years ago in 2009, which is currently being celebrated as the International Year of Astronomy).

Hans Lipperhey, a German spectacle maker, is generally credited as the inventor of the telescope, as his patent application is dated the earliest, on the 25th of September 1608. Lipperhey combined curved lenses to magnify objects by up to 3 times, and eventually crafted sets of binocular telescopes for the Government of the Netherlands.

There exists some confusion as to who actually came up with the idea first. Lipperhey's patent application is the earliest on record, so this is usually used to settle the debate, although another spectacle-maker, Jacob Metius of Alkmaar, a city in the northern part of the Netherlands, filed for a patent for the same dev ...more
Answered by Joseph Chacko, 21 Dec '09 02:39 am

 
  
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The credit for inventing the telescope traditionally goes to three people: Hans Lippershey and Zacharias Janssen, spectacle-makers working together in the town of Middleburg, and Jacob Metius of Alkmaar. Soon after this, telescopes began to be produced in greater numbers, and spread across Europe as novelty items. Thus 1608 is the officially recognized year for the telescope being invented. These early telescopes only magnified faraway objects by a factor of about three.
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I think The credit for inventing the telescope traditionally goes to three people: Hans Lippershey and Zacharias Janssen, spectacle-makers working together in the town of Middleburg, and Jacob Metius of Alkmaar. Soon after this, telescopes began to be produced in greater numbers, and spread across Europe as novelty items. Thus 1608 is the officially recognized year for the telescope being invented. These early telescopes only magnified faraway objects by a factor of about three.
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