Early steps tracing back to Galileo’s telescope and to the birth of instrumental optics are reported. Particulars of lensmaking technology, basic optics laws, concepts of eye and vision, and issues on instrument trade and service are given. Achievements at the roots of our continuing advances in optical sciences are acknowledged.
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Astronomical Optics and Telesccopes
Original Manuscript: October 16, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 16, 2009
Published: December 10, 2009
Giuseppe Molesini, "Galileo's telescope and the birth of instrumental optics: a review note," Appl. Opt. 49, D1-D5 (2010)