Great Astronomers and Their Contributions & Telescopes

The Telescope has a four hundred year history and in this time there have been a lot of astronomers and telescope makers who have built telescopes, made discoveries and advanced astronomy in remarkable ways. These links are to articles written on this website about many of these famous people. This is a list that is…

William Herschel

Herschel was a famous astronomer and telescope maker who lived from 1738 to 1822. The science and art of astronomy and telescope making owes a lot to William and his sister Caroline. He was a famous astronomer and held the title of “Kings Astronomer:” And he was the most renowned astronomer of his time. As…

Edwin Hubble (1889 – 1953)

The Universe is a lot bigger than we think! You have probably heard of the Hubble Telescope. But you might not know much about the man it was named after. His name is Edwin Hubble and it is very fitting that they named the Hubble Space Telescope after him. I will outline this for you…

Lord Rosse (William Parsons) (1800 – 1867)

Fig 1: Lord Rosse (William Parsons) (1800 – 1867) The art and science of astronomy was still a novice subject and rising field in the 19th century. We do not find a lot of professional astronomers at that time. It was then studied mostly by the amateur astronomers though with full passions. Lord Ross (William…

The Gregorian Telescope

Fig 1: James Gregory The Gregorian Telescope is basically a reflector telescope invented and designed by well known 17th century mathematician and astronomer James Gregory (1638-1675). He was born in Scotland and was a contemporary of Sir Isaac Newton. Both the scientists worked together on different projects. However, Gregory had proposed the design of his…

Christiaan Huygens and the biggest telescopes of the 17th Century

The 17th Century Giant Telescopes built by Christian Huygens  Fig 1: A giant telescope Christiaan Huygens made in the 17th Century Christian Huygens, one of the greatest mathematicians of the 17th Century, was born in Holland in 1629. He grew a more profound understanding not only of mathematics but also of mechanical devices and kept…

Newton’s Telescope

How Newtonian Telescope Changed the View of the World Fig 1: Newton’s reflecting telescope displayed to the Royal society  We all know that the Newtonian telescope did not contribute to discovering any new celestial objects, but it did change our view of the universe. Here we will focus on this popular telescope and some other…

Great Astronomers: Johannes Kepler

Astronomer Johannes Kepler wanted to be a Minister ! Short Biography of Johannes Kepler. Though most of us know the name Johannes Kepler as a great scientist of Physics and Astronomy, his childhood dream was to be a Minister! Besides, he was a famous astrologer and was paid for his astrological suggestions! In the 17th…