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Telescope Edit or translate this description.
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Status: de facto


Must be used together with man_made=telescope.

This tag is used to broadly categorise the spectrum that the telescope senses.


Optical Telescope dome-14.svg

Everything from infra red to ultra violet. This includes all the visible spectrum.

Radio Telescope dish-14.svg

Radio telescopes includes all kinds of antennas - dish, phased arrays, dipoles, helical etc.

Gamma Telescope dish-14.svg

Questionable Tags

Solar Telescope dome-14.svg

Solar telescopes, sometimes called heliograph or photoheliograph are a special kind of optical telescope for observing the sun. Should these be tagged as optical telescopes? They certain should have the same or similar symbol.

Possible Tagging errors


telescope:type=radar Telescopes are passive detectors, radar uses a pulse of power and detect the returning reflection.