Plőssl Refracting Telescope

Description
This is a brass telescope on a pillar-and-tripod stand. It has an achromatic objective of 43 mm. (about 1.7 inches) aperture. The tube is 1.27 m. (about 50 inches) long and covered with mahogany. The signature on the first draw tube reads “Plőssl in Wien.” The telescope fits into a wooden box.
Georg Simon Plőssl (1794-1868) was an optician in Vienna who is perhaps best known for the eponymous eyepiece favored by many amateur astronomers.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
telescope, refracting
date made
mid 19th century
place made
Österreich: Wien, Wien
ID Number
PH*325415
catalog number
325415
accession number
256202
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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