The refracting telescope was invented in 1608. It gathers the light coming from a distant object, like a star, and bends it into a single point if focus. Another lens job is to enlarge that focused image for our eye, it acts as a magnifying glass. The reflecting telescope invented in 1668, gathers Light from an object and directs it into the telescope and it is reflected off a curved mirror at the end of the tube. A second, mirror in the middle of the tube reflects this image to the eyepiece.