# What are the different types and uses of telescopes?

Dec 24, 2015

All in all there are $6$ kinds of telescopes.

#### Explanation:

Optical telescopes is divided into two, the refracting telescope and the reflecting telescope. This are like observatories in Universities.

Refracting telescopes uses series of lenses in viewing.

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(Look at the reflecting and refracting telescopes, they almost look alike but the difference is that the refracting telescope has an eyepiece.)

Reflecting telescopes uses series of mirrors. There is a special kind of this telescope, Multiple Mirror Telescope, which uses many small mirrors rather one large mirror.

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Infrared telescopes are telescopes which detects "invisible" energy. Such invisible energy are the infrared rays or sometimes known as heat energy.

X-ray telescopes are telescopes that detects x-rays given off by dying stars and others. They are outside the Earth because some of the rays are block by our atmosphere.

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Radio telescopes detects radio waves (another form of radiation). This kind of telescope is the most familiar of all telescope. This looks like this: