History and Articles

The history of the refractor is intricate and storied from the jump from eyeglasses to the first telescope, to the technological developments that allow us to travel between worlds. 
Listed below are a series of articles regarding the impactful history of the telescopes.

  • Photos taken with APO200FL by Tim Hutchison

  • The telescope which discovered the Venus’s atmosphere

    What is common between John Dollond (1706-1761) and Mikhail Lomonosov (1711-1765), why are their portraits are placed here side-by-side? The former is English optician, the latter is Russian polymath, they were born at the beginning of the 18th century, and both died just few years after making their major achievements: John Dollond had invented the […]

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  • Early gears for seeing Venus atmosphere

    The beginning of the 17th century brought to the life a new device – a telescope – and that helped to discover many new celestial bodies.  The observable world tremendously expanded and human fantasy started to populate it with people, animals and plants. Moon and the closest planets were the first candidates to search for […]

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  • The First Telescope