Jones Refracting Telescope

Description
This is one of the “two forty-five inch Refractors” mentioned in a Georgetown publication of 1852. It has a brass pillar-and-tripod base, an equatorial mount, and mahogany handles for adjustments in right ascension and declination. The (missing) achromatic objective had an aperture an 3.5 inches. The brass tube is 42½ inches long. The “W. & S. Jones” signature refers to a London firm that, from 1791 to 1859, sold a wide range of scientific and mathematical instruments.
Ref: Annals of the Astronomical Observatory of Georgetown College, D.C. 1 (1852), p. 14.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
mount, telescope
date made
ca 1840
maker
W. & S. Jones
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
ID Number
PH*316098
catalog number
316098
accession number
224215
subject
Astronomy
Science & Mathematics
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Georgetown University
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