The 300-year quest for binoculars

John E. Greivenkamp, David Steed

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


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

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Optical Design Conference, IODC 2010
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
EventInternational Optical Design Conference, IODC 2010 - Jackson Hole, WY, United States
Duration: Jun 13 2010Jun 17 2010

Publication series

NameOptics InfoBase Conference Papers
ISSN (Electronic)2162-2701


OtherInternational Optical Design Conference, IODC 2010
CountryUnited States
CityJackson Hole, WY


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

Cite this

Greivenkamp, J. E., & Steed, D. (2010). The 300-year quest for binoculars. In International Optical Design Conference, IODC 2010 (Optics InfoBase Conference Papers).