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Telescope lenses in front of a portrait of astronomer Christiaan Huygens

Christiaan Huygens’ telescopes weren’t as good as his rivals’, even though his lenses (a few shown with a portrait of Huygens) were well made. That may be because the 17th century astronomer needed glasses.


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Huygens’ hazy telescopes

Christiaan Huygens, the 17th-century Dutch astronomer best known for his studies of Saturn’s moons and rings, may have needed glasses.