What is a Refractor Telescope?
Ideal for both astronomy and terrestrial viewing, a refractor telescope (also called a refracting telescope) is a telescope that uses a glass lens to collect light, which is bent (refracted) to form an image. Orion refractor telescopes are known for providing crisp, high-contrast views and are wonderfully suited to observation of bright targets like the Moon, planets, and terrestrial subjects. Inexpensive refracting telescopes make great starter scopes because they are highly portable, easy to maneuver, and require virtually no maintenance. Short refractor telescopes that utilize special glass and/or multiple-lens designs are popular among serious astrophotographers. Click the "Resources to Help You Choose a Telescope" link above for more information.
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