Periscope vs. Telescope

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Main Difference

The main difference between Periscope and Telescope is that the Periscope is a instrument for observation from a concealed position and Telescope is a instrument that aids in the observation of remote objects.

  • Periscope

    A periscope is an instrument for observation over, around or through an object, obstacle or condition that prevents direct line-of-sight observation from an observer’s current position.In its simplest form, it consists of an outer case with mirrors at each end set parallel to each other at a 45° angle. This form of periscope, with the addition of two simple lenses, served for observation purposes in the trenches during World War I. Military personnel also use periscopes in some gun turrets and in armoured vehicles.More complex periscopes using prisms or advanced fiber optics instead of mirrors and providing magnification operate on submarines and in various fields of science. The overall design of the classical submarine periscope is very simple: two telescopes pointed into each other. If the two telescopes have different individual magnification, the difference between them causes an overall magnification or reduction.

  • Telescope

    A telescope is an optical instrument that makes distant objects appear magnified by using an arrangement of lenses or curved mirrors and lenses, or various devices used to observe distant objects by their emission, absorption, or reflection of electromagnetic radiation. The first known practical telescopes were refracting telescopes invented in the Netherlands at the beginning of the 17th century, by using glass lenses. They were used for both terrestrial applications and astronomy.

    The reflecting telescope, which uses mirrors to collect and focus light, was invented within a few decades of the first refracting telescope. In the 20th century, many new types of telescopes were invented, including radio telescopes in the 1930s and infrared telescopes in the 1960s. The word telescope now refers to a wide range of instruments capable of detecting different regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, and in some cases other types of detectors.

  • Periscope (noun)

    A form of viewing device that allows the viewer to see things at a different height level and usually with minimal visibility.

  • Periscope (noun)

    : A general or comprehensive view.

  • Periscope (verb)

    To rise and peer around, in the manner of a periscope.

  • Periscope (verb)

    To broadcast live video stream using Periscope app via phone or tablet.

    “I was periscoping the streets when the protests broke out.”

    “You can’t periscope while driving!”

  • Telescope (noun)

    A magnifies distant objects, especially in astronomy.

  • Telescope (noun)

    Any instrument used in astronomy for observing distant objects (such as a radio telescope).

  • Telescope (verb)

    To extend or contract in the manner of a telescope.

  • Telescope (verb)

    To slide or pass one within another, after the manner of the sections of a small telescope or spyglass.

  • Telescope (verb)

    To come into collision, as railway cars, in such a manner that one runs into another.

  • Periscope (noun)

    an apparatus consisting of a tube attached to a set of mirrors or prisms, by which an observer (typically in a submerged submarine or behind a high obstacle) can see things that are otherwise out of sight.

Oxford Dictionary

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