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Reflector Telescope

(Reflecting Telescope)
(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 (UV) or Near Infrared (NIR), 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)

Referenced by:
Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT)
Cassegrain Reflector
Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT)
Coudé Focus Telescope
Dall-Kirkham Telescope
Dragone 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)
Keck Observatory
Korsch Telescope
Large Binocular Telescope (LBT)
Liquid Mirror Telescope
Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)
Large Zenith Telescope (LZT)
Magellan Telescopes
Mercator Telescope
Mirror Support Cell
Monolithic Mirror
Nasmyth Telescope
Newtonian Telescope
New Technology Telescope (NTT)
Overwhelmingly Large Telescope (OWL)
Palomar 48 Inch Telescope (P48)
Palomar 60 Inch Telescope (P60)
Primary Mirror
Prime Focus
Radio Telescope
Ritchey-Chrétien Telescope (RCT)
Southern African Large Telescope (SALT)
Schmidt-Newton Telescope
Segmented Mirror
Sloan 2.5m Telescope
Subaru Telescope
Three-Mirror Anastigmat
Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (TNG)
William Herschel Telescope (WHT)
Yolo Telescope