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List of telescope types
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List of telescope types

There are three main types of astronomical telescopes - and these are divided into subgroups. They all have their different advantages and disadvantages and they are used in different areas of astronomy.

Refractors (Dioptrics)

Reflectors (Catoptrics) Combined Lens-Mirror Systems (Catadioptrics) These types can be mounted on different types of mounts.

Altazimuth (ALT-AZ) Mounts

Equatorial mounts