Plőssl Refracting Telescope

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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.
Currently not on view
date made
mid 19th century
Plossl, Simon
place made
Österreich: Wien, Wien
overall: 3 5/8 in x 18 1/4 in x 5 1/2 in; 9.2075 cm x 46.355 cm x 13.97 cm
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National Museum of American History