Telescope vs Observatory - What's the difference?

telescope | observatory |


As nouns the difference between telescope and observatory

is that telescope is a monocular optical instrument possessing magnification for observing distant objects, especially in astronomy while observatory is a place where stars, planets and other celestial bodies are observed, usually through a telescope.

As a verb telescope

is to extend or contract in the manner of a telescope.

telescope

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A monocular optical instrument possessing magnification for observing distant objects, especially in astronomy.
  • Any instrument used in astronomy for observing distant objects (such as a radio telescope).
  • Derived terms

    * telescopic * radio telescope * reflecting telescope * refracting telescope * terrestrial telescope

    Verb

    (telescop)
  • To extend or contract in the manner of a telescope.
  • To slide or pass one within another, after the manner of the sections of a small telescope or spyglass.
  • To come into collision, as railway cars, in such a manner that one runs into another.
  • See also

    * binoculars * microscope

    observatory

    English

    Noun

    (observatories)
  • A place where stars, planets and other celestial bodies are observed, usually through a telescope.
  • See also

    * (wikipedia)