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"We follow the scientists around and look over their shoulders. They're watching their feet: provable mistakes are bad for them. We're looking as far ahead as we can, and we don't get penalized for mistakes."
- Larry Niven

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)

Technovelgy from Cosmic Quest, by Edmond Hamilton.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1936
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A telespectroscope is a combination of a telescope and a spectroscope, used for spectroscopic analysis of radiation from stars and other celestial bodies, created by Joseph Fraunhofer in the nineteenth century.

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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