Answer = A TELESCOPE
The telescope was unveiled in the Netherlands.
In October 1608, the States General (the national government) in The Hague
discussed the patent applications first of Hans Lipperhey of Middelburg,
and then of Jacob Metius of Alkmaar, on a device for "seeing faraway things
as though nearby." It consisted of a convex and concave lens in a tube,
and the combination magnified three or four times. The gentlemen found
the device too easy to copy to award the patent, but it voted a small award
to Metius and employed Lipperhey to make several binocular versions, for
which he was paid handsomely. It appears that another citizen of Middelburg,
Sacharias Janssen had a telescope at about the same
The earliest known illlustration of a telescope.
The news of this new invention spread rapidly through Europe, and the device itself quickly followed. By April 1609 three-powered spyglasses could be bought in spectacle-maker's shops on the Pont Neuf in Paris, and four months later there were several in Italy. (fig. 4) We know that Thomas Harriot observed the Moon with a six-powered instrument early in August 1609. But it was Galileo who made the instrument famous. He constructed his first three-powered spyglass in June or July 1609, presented an eight-powered instrument to the Venetian Senate in August, and turned a twenty-powered instrument to the heavens in October or November. With this instrument (fig. 5) he observed the Moon, discovered four satellites of Jupiter, and resolved nebular patches into stars. He published\Sidereus Nuncius in March 1610.