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"There was a time when one old eccentric guy with a notebook could do something important to science. Now even the resources of a major university are often not enough."
- Jerry Pournelle

Telespectroscope  
  Device for searching for habitable (Earth-like) planets.  

In his search for a suitable Earth-like planet, Ran Argal used specialized instruments to find a habitable planet.

And each mechanical eye, when it found planetary systems in its field, automatically shifted upon them a higher powered telespectroscope which recorded on permanent film the size, mean temperature and atmospheric conditions of these worlds.


(The telespectroscope recorded the conditions of these other worlds)

From Cosmic Quest, by Edmond Hamilton.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1936
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Compare to the Reflectocosmic Spectrometer from Buck Rogers: 2430 AD (1929) by Nowlan and Calkin, the Electro-Telescope from Blood of the Moon (1936) by Ray Cummings and Spectro-Flash Analysis from Salvage in Space (1933) by Jack Williamson

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