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Who invented the binoculars?

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J.P. Lemiere invented the first "binocular telescope" in 1825. A binocular is an instrument that provides a magnified view of far-away objects and consists of two similar telescopes, one for each eye, mounted in a single frame.

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Who invented the binoculars?
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Ignatio Porro introduced the first modern "prism binoculars" when he filed a patent in Italy for a prism erecting system in 1854. What today is referred to as a "binocular" is actually a binocular telescope consisting of two small prismatic telescopes joined together.

There are many other references to very early binocular telescopes; however, the optical plans for most of these instruments weren't recorded.

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