What would Galileo think?
July 29, 2011 8:09 AM Subscribe
Would it be possible to make a telescope from two contact lenses?
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit to Science & Nature (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
HI, it's me -- one of MeFi's friendly neighborhood science fiction writers. Today's question involves optics. I'm writing a sequel to a story I published last year. A few decades after the events in that story, a rather warlike culture of tiny winged humanoids has developed inside the closed system. They have few resources. Some of their weaponry is made from the bones and teeth of the first story's lead character, as well as fillings from his teeth and pins in his leg (the result of his career in the military). However, I'd like them to have a telescope, if possible. Is it possible to make one from contact lenses? I'll take any suggestions for other possible technology they might have in their restricted environment, too.