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Reflecting Telescope Collection

The reflecting telescope, a marvel of scientific ingenuity and innovation, has a rich history that dates back centuries

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: 1689 Sir Isaac Newton portrait young

1689 Sir Isaac Newton portrait young
Sir Isaac Newton ( 4 January 1643 -31 March 1727). English physicist and mathematician. 18th Century Mezzotint portrait after the painting by Sir Godfrey Kneller 1689, with later colouring

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Newtons telescope, historical artwork

Newtons telescope, historical artwork
Newtons telescope. Historical reproduction of a sketch by Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) of a reflecting telescope and its components

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician, astronomer and physicist, (19th century). Artist: Freeman

Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician, astronomer and physicist, (19th century). Artist: Freeman
Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician, astronomer and physicist, (19th century). Newtons (1643-1727) discoveries were prolific and exerted a huge influence on science and thought

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Isaac Newton, caricature C013 / 7593

Isaac Newton, caricature C013 / 7593
Isaac Newton (1642-1727). Caricature of the English physicist, mathematician and alchemist Sir Isaac Newton, holding a rainbow

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Issac Newton, English physicist

Issac Newton, English physicist
Isaac Newton. Engraving of the English physicist, mathematician and alchemist Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727). As a mathematician Newton discovered the binomial theorem and developed differential

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: PSCI2A-00005

PSCI2A-00005
William Herschel and his sister Caroline at their telescope, 1700s. Hand-colored halftone of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Issac Newton and the apple, artwork

Issac Newton and the apple, artwork
Issac Newton and the apple, computer artwork

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Leon Foucault's silver-on-glass reflecting telescope

Leon Foucault's silver-on-glass reflecting telescope
5310088 Leon Foucault's silver-on-glass reflecting telescope; (add.info.: Engraving depicting Leon Foucault's silver-on-glass reflecting telescope)

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Lord Rosse's great reflecting telescope

Lord Rosse's great reflecting telescope
864568 Lord Rosse's great reflecting telescope; (add.info.: Lord Rosse's great 72-inch (1.828m) diameter reflecting telescope of 1845, called the Leviathan of Parsonstown

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Lord Rosse's great reflecting telescope

Lord Rosse's great reflecting telescope
864573 Lord Rosse's great reflecting telescope; (add.info.: Lord Rosse's great 72-inch (1.828m) diameter reflecting telescope of 1845, called the Leviathan of Parsonstown

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Relics preserved in the Rooms of the Royal Society (engraving)

Relics preserved in the Rooms of the Royal Society (engraving)
2773178 Relics preserved in the Rooms of the Royal Society (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Relics preserved in the Rooms of the Royal Society)

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Reflecting Telescope

Reflecting Telescope
LLM459285 Reflecting Telescope by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Reflecting Telescope. Illustration for Willss Engineering Wonders cigarette card series)

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: The Royal Society (litho)

The Royal Society (litho)
1038883 The Royal Society (litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Royal Society. Illustration for The Graphic)

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: The Great Telescope constructed by Lord Rosse, 1828-1845, 1901. Creator: Unknown

The Great Telescope constructed by Lord Rosse, 1828-1845, 1901. Creator: Unknown
The Great Telescope constructed by Lord Rosse, 1828-1845, (1901). Irish astronomer and engineer William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse (1800-1867)

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Herschels Grand Telescope, (Fig. 24), pub. 1797. Creator: English School (18th Century)

Herschels Grand Telescope, (Fig. 24), pub. 1797. Creator: English School (18th Century)
Herschels Grand Telescope, (Fig. 24), Plate 505 from Encyclopaedia Britannica, pub. 1797 (engraving). Herschels 40-foot telescope was built between in 1785 and 1789 at Observatory House in Slough

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Newton Invents a New Telescope, c1934

Newton Invents a New Telescope, c1934. Illustration showing Isaac Newton (1643-1727) with his invention, the Newtonian telescope, and assistant grinding lenses

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: The Leviathan of Parsonstown, the 72 inch telescope built by William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse

The Leviathan of Parsonstown, the 72 inch telescope built by William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse, in 1845. It was located at Birr Castle, Parsonstown, County Offaly

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Engraving depicting the Crossley telescope, Lick Observatory, California, 20th century

Engraving depicting the Crossley telescope, Lick Observatory, California, 20th century
Engraving depicting the Crossley telescope

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Newtons own drawing of his reflecting telescope

Newtons own drawing of his reflecting telescope
Newtons telescope. Sir Isaac Newtons own drawing of his first reflecting telescope design. Newton invented the reflecting telescope in 1668. It worked by focusing light using a parabolic mirror (V)

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Isaac Newtons design for a reflecting telescope

Isaac Newtons design for a reflecting telescope
Diagram of Sir Isaac Newtons design for a reflecting telescope. Known also as the Newtonian telescope. It worked by concentrating light by reflection from a parabolic mirror

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Hedged Round With Steel and Concrete, the 100-Inch Reflector, c1935

Hedged Round With Steel and Concrete, the 100-Inch Reflector, c1935. From Our Wonderful World, Volume II, edited by J.A. Hammerton. [The Amalgamated Press, Ltd. London]

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Isaac Newton, English mathematician, astronomer and physicist, (1818). Artist: R Page

Isaac Newton, English mathematician, astronomer and physicist, (1818). Artist: R Page
Isaac Newton, English mathematician, astronomer and physicist, (1818). Newtons (1643-1727) discoveries were prolific and exerted a huge influence on science and thought

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Twenty-eight-inch reflecting telescope, Greenwich Observatory, London, 1926-1927

Twenty-eight-inch reflecting telescope, Greenwich Observatory, London, 1926-1927. Illustration from Wonderful London, edited by Arthur St John Adcock, Volume I, published by Amalgamated Press

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Statue of Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician, astronomer and physicist, 19th century

Statue of Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician, astronomer and physicist, 19th century. Artist: John Le Keux
Statue of Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician, astronomer and physicist, 19th century. Statue in the ante chapel, Trinity College, Cambridge

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: A Newtonian reflector, 1870

A Newtonian reflector, 1870. Reflecting telescope after a design by Isaac Newton. Hand-coloured later

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Sir Isaac Newtons house, London, (20th century)

Sir Isaac Newtons house, London, (20th century). Newtons (1642-1727) house on the corner of Orange and St Martins Streets was pulled down in 1914

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: James Gregory, Scottish mathematician and astronomer, (1870). Artist: William Holl

James Gregory, Scottish mathematician and astronomer, (1870). Artist: William Holl
James Gregory, Scottish mathematician and astronomer, (1870). In 1663 Gregory (1638-1675) published Optica Promota describing his design for a reflecting telescope

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: William Herschels reflecting telescope of 40 ft (12 m) focal length, 1789 (1807)

William Herschels reflecting telescope of 40 ft (12 m) focal length, 1789 (1807). Built by the German-born English astronomer, William Herschel (1738-1822), in the grounds of his home in Slough

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Jules Pierre Cesar Janssen, French astronomer, 1893

Jules Pierre Cesar Janssen, French astronomer, 1893. Janssen (1824-1907) at the eyepiece of his reflecting telescope at Meudon Observatory, France

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: James Gregory, 17th century Scottish mathematician and astronomer

James Gregory, 17th century Scottish mathematician and astronomer. In 1663 Gregory (1638-1675) published Optica Promota describing his design for a reflecting telescope

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope, 1990

Deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope, 1990. The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) was put into orbit from the Space Shuttle Discovery, mission STS-31 on 24 April 1990

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Drawing of Hubble Telescope, 1980s

Drawing of Hubble Telescope, 1980s. Artists impression of the exchange of information via Hubble, Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TRDS) and ground stations

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Hubble Space Telescope in orbit, 1980s

Hubble Space Telescope in orbit, 1980s. Artists impression of the Hubble Telescope in orbit over the earth. The Hubble Space Telescope (HST)

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Testing the Hubble Space Telescope, 1980s

Testing the Hubble Space Telescope, 1980s. The telescope is shown being installed in an acoustic test cell. The Hubble Space Telescope (HST)

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Polishing the mirror of the Hubble Telescope, 1980s

Polishing the mirror of the Hubble Telescope, 1980s. The Hubble Space Telescope (HST), was designed to see seven times further into space than had been possible before

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Isaac Newton (1642-1727), English mathematician, astronomer and physicist

Isaac Newton (1642-1727), English mathematician, astronomer and physicist. Newtons discoveries were prolific and exerted a huge influence on science and thought

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Isaac Newton, English mathematician, astronomer and physicist

Isaac Newton, English mathematician, astronomer and physicist. Newtons (1642-1727) discoveries were prolific and exerted a huge influence on science and thought

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Isaac Newtons reflecting telescope, 1668. Artist: Isaac Newton

Isaac Newtons reflecting telescope, 1668. Artist: Isaac Newton
Isaac Newtons reflecting telescope, 1668. Isaac Newton (1642-1727), English scientist and mathematician built the first ever reflecting telescope in 1668

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Hubble Space Telescope above the Earth

Hubble Space Telescope above the Earth. The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) was put into orbit from the Space Shuttle Discovery, mission STS-31, on 24 April 1990

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: William Herschels reflecting telescope with focal length of 40 feet, Slough, England, 1809

William Herschels reflecting telescope with focal length of 40 feet, Slough, England, 1809. The illustration shows the top of the brick foundation

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: William Herschel (1738-1822) German-born English astronomer

William Herschel (1738-1822) German-born English astronomer. Herschel discovered Uranus in 1781. It was the first planet to be discovered since ancient times

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: 200 inch Hale telescope at Palomar Observatory, California, at night, c1948

200 inch Hale telescope at Palomar Observatory, California, at night, c1948. This was the worlds largest telescope when completed in 1948, with a mirror 200 inches in diameter

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: GranTeCan telescope, artwork C017 / 7204

GranTeCan telescope, artwork C017 / 7204
GranTeCan telescope. Computer artwork of the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC, or GranTeCan), which is sited at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, La Palma, Canary Islands

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: GranTeCan telescope, artwork C017 / 7203

GranTeCan telescope, artwork C017 / 7203
GranTeCan telescope. Computer artwork of the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC, or GranTeCan), which is sited at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, La Palma, Canary Islands

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: Reflecting telescope, artwork C017 / 7352

Reflecting telescope, artwork C017 / 7352
Reflecting telescope. Computer artwork showing the structure of a typical small reflecting telescope. A reflecting telescope is a type of optical telescope that collects light through a concave

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: 30-inch telescope, Helwan, Egypt

30-inch telescope, Helwan, Egypt
30-inch telescope, Helwan Observatory. This observatory was built in Helwan, a suburb of Cairo, Egypt, from 1903. This 30-inch reflector telescope was provided in 1905 by British astronomer John

Background imageReflecting Telescope Collection: 30-inch telescope focus, Helwan, Egypt

30-inch telescope focus, Helwan, Egypt
30-inch telescope focus. At right is the secondary mirror, used to reflect light from the larger primary mirror towards the camera (left) that contains photographic plates



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The reflecting telescope, a marvel of scientific ingenuity and innovation, has a rich history that dates back centuries. In 1689, the young Sir Isaac Newton, renowned English mathematician, astronomer, and physicist, made significant contributions to this field. A portrait of him from that era captures his brilliance and determination. Newton's telescope became an iconic symbol of his groundbreaking work in optics. Historical artwork showcases this revolutionary invention that forever changed our understanding of the universe. Caricatures like "Isaac Newton and the Apple" depict the famous moment when he formulated his theory of gravity. As an English physicist who revolutionized science in the 19th century, Isaac Newton left an indelible mark on astronomy with his discoveries. His legacy lives on through various depictions such as "PSCI2A-00005, " which immortalizes his contributions. Other notable telescopes emerged over time, including Herschel's Grand Telescope featured in Plate 505 from Encyclopaedia Britannica. This masterpiece exemplifies how technology evolved to enhance our exploration of space. Relics preserved within the Rooms of the Royal Society serve as a testament to humanity's relentless pursuit of knowledge. Engravings capture these artifacts while showcasing their historical significance. Reflecting telescopes have played a pivotal role in expanding our understanding of celestial bodies. The Royal Society has been at the forefront of promoting scientific advancements throughout history; lithographs depicting its influence stand as testaments to its enduring impact. One remarkable example is "The Great Telescope constructed by Lord Rosse. " Built between 1828 and 1845 by an unknown creator, it stands tall as a symbol of human curiosity and ambition. Whether through portraits or engravings or even caricatures capturing moments like Newton's encounter with an apple – each image tells a story about how reflecting telescopes have shaped our understanding of the cosmos over time.