Optical Telescope: Facts & Overview


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We understood how telescopes might work as early as ancient Greece. Why was it not until the days of Galileo that the first optical telescope was built?

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1. Which of the following is NOT a type of telescope?

2. Which of the following types of telescopes suffers from chromatic aberration?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Optical telescopes have been a key development in science and astronomical study, and this quiz/worksheet will help you test your understanding of their history and characteristics.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the history and characteristics of:

  • Non-parabolic reflecting telescopes
  • Optical telescopes
  • Refracting telescopes
  • Telescopes

Skills Practiced

Students who take the quiz will test the following skills:

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the different types of telescopes discussed in the lesson
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the history of optical telescopes
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the first known person to use an optical, refracting telescope

Additional Learning

To learn more about telescopes, review the accompanying lesson titled Optical Telescope: Facts & Overview. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define telescope, optical telescope, and aberration
  • Explain what electromagnetic waves are
  • Know what makes up the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Differentiate between several different types of telescopes