Four Hundred Years of the Telescope
Who invented the telescope – and who first turned a telescope skyward? Most people would say “Galileo”, but they would be wrong. The first telescope about which we have definite information was made by a Dutchman, Lippershey, in 1608. Earlier reports coming from England are interesting, but not conclusive. Unfortunately for himself, Lippershey did not take prompt steps to establish priority, and other telescopes quickly appeared over Europe. Galileo obtained one during 1609, and “sparing neither trouble nor expanse”, as he put it, made one for himself.