The 300-year quest for binoculars

John E Greivenkamp, David Steed

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The modern form of the refracting telescope advanced rapidly following its invention in 1608, but almost 300 years elapsed before practical prismatic binoculars became available. The evolution of binoculars and the associated manufacturing issues are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventInternational Optical Design Conference 2010 - Jackson Hole, WY, United States
Duration: Jun 13 2010Jun 17 2010


OtherInternational Optical Design Conference 2010
CountryUnited States
CityJackson Hole, WY



  • Antique Optics
  • Binoculars
  • History of Optics
  • Optical Design
  • Optical Instrumentation
  • Telescopes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Greivenkamp, J. E., & Steed, D. (2010). The 300-year quest for binoculars. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 7652). [76520J]