Porro prism

['pɒrəʊ]
noun a prism in which the light is reflected on two 45° surfaces and returned parallel to the incoming beam, especially as used in a conventional pair of binoculars.
Origin
named after the 19th-cent. Italian scientist Ignazio Porro.

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