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Hans Lippershey Telescope


Hans Lippershey Telescope (Credit:digital.hammacher.com)

A Dutch spectacles maker,Hans Lippershey, invented and patented the refracting telescope. There were many versions how he came to invent his telescope.

He failed to receive his patent because other spectacles-makers stake the same claim but was handsomely rewarded by the Dutch government for duplicates of his design. (en.wikipedia.org)