Definition of refracting telescope in English:

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refracting telescope

Pronunciation: /rəˈfraktiNG/ Pronunciation: /rēˈfraktiNG ˈteləˌskōp/


A telescope that uses a converging lens to collect light.
Example sentences
  • There are two main types of telescopes: refracting telescopes, which use lenses to gather the light and form an image; and reflecting telescopes, which use mirrors to accomplish the same purpose.
  • Through his work with optics and colours Newton came to believe that refracting telescopes, which were subject to colour interference, were outmoded.
  • Even the York observatory - that lovely, brick-built dome almost hidden by shrubbery in the middle of the Museum Gardens - at one time housed the biggest refracting telescope in the world.

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Syllabification: re·fract·ing tel·e·scope

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