Refracting Telescopes Overview


  • Ideal for Moon, planets, and stars
  • Good for distant terrestrial viewing
  • Require little or no maintenance
  • Classic telescope design
  • Most expensive per inch of aperture
  • Cost/bulk factors limit size
  • Less suited for faint, deep-sky objects

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