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reflector telescope

(reflecting telescope, reflector)
(telescope using mirrors rather than lenses to magnify)

A reflector telescope or reflecting telescope is a telescope that uses curved reflecting surfaces to magnify the signal rather than lenses or other apparatus. The terms generally refer to telescopes with mirrors that observe visible light or ultraviolet or near infrared, but radio and other telescopes can be so-described. Isaac Newton built an early example, perhaps the first. Various mirror configurations are given "telescope type" names:

Other criteria are also used:

Examples range from small amateur telescopes to the largest optical telescopes:

(telescope type)
Further reading:

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Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT)
Víctor M. Blanco Telescope
Large Altazimuth Telescope (BTA-6)
Cassegrain reflector
Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT)
chromatic aberration
collecting area
coudé focus telescope
Dall-Kirkham telescope
David Dunlap Observatory Catalog (DDO)
Dragone telescope
ESO 3.6m Telescope
European Southern Observatory Very Large Telescope (ESO VLT)
focal plane
Gregorian telescope
Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC)
Hale Telescope
Herschelian telescope
Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET)
Hubble Space Telescope (HST)
International Liquid Mirror Telescope (ILMT)
Isaac Newton Telescope (INT)
Keck Observatory
Korsch telescope
Large Binocular Telescope (LBT)
Lick Observatory
liquid mirror telescope
Rubin Observatory (VRO)
Large Zenith Telescope (LZT)
Magellan Telescopes
Mayall 4m Telescope
Mercator Telescope
mirror support cell
monolithic mirror
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Nasmyth telescope
Newtonian telescope
Narrabri Stellar Intensity Interferometer (NSII)
New Technology Telescope (NTT)
Overwhelmingly Large Telescope (OWL)
Palomar 60-inch Telescope (P60)
primary mirror
prime focus
radio telescope
Ritchey-Chrétien telescope (RCT)
refracting telescope
Southern African Large Telescope (SALT)
Schmidt camera
Schmidt-Newton telescope (SNT)
segmented mirror
Shane Telescope
Sloan 2.5m Telescope
Subaru Telescope
telescope type
three-mirror anastigmat
Table Mountain Observatory (TMO)
Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (TNG)
VLT Survey Telescope (VST)
William Herschel Telescope (WHT)
WIYN 3.5m Telescope
Wolter telescope
Yolo telescope