Just a quick question.
I've been trying to find out how widespread the use of telescopes or 'perspective glasses' would have been during the British Civil Wars of 1642-51, in a military context or at sea. I've seen an illustration from 1623 of a hand-held glass which looks to have been much like the military telescopes used during, for example, the Napoleonic Wars, and I gather by that date such instruments were already quite widespread in Europe. However, such information as I can turn up for that period seems only concerned with their use in astronomy and other scientific pursuits. I find it hard to believe that telescopes would not have been exploited by army officers or seafarers. Does anyone know anything?