"The telescope was not the invention of scientists; rather, it was the product of craftsmen." -- The Galileo Project, Rice University.
Humans, with our improved optical, mechanical and electronic vision now peer out through the entirety of the electomagnetic spectrum back toward 13.7 billion years of history and the view is improving, to the point that the data to come, will be simply overwhelming.
Here are the top ten telescopes that now and in the near future will bring us even more amazing images and data. These telescopes should be household names.