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astronomical telescope

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  1. a telescope having an objective with a long focal length and an eyepiece with a short focal length, usually used for observing celestial bodies.

Origin of astronomical telescope

First recorded in 1880–85
Also called Kepler telescope.
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British Dictionary definitions for astronomical telescope

astronomical telescope

  1. any telescope designed and mounted for use in astronomy. Such telescopes usually form inverted imagesSee Cassegrain telescope, Newtonian telescope, equatorial mounting
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