Refracting Telescope

This telescope came from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. It is neither signed nor dated, but resembles the famous telescope that Fraunhofer made for the Dorpat Observatory (now Tartu, Estonia) in the 1820s. The achromatic objective lens is a bit over 5 inches aperture. The tube, made of sheet iron with a lap and rivet seam along its length, is 75 inches long, and carries a finder scope. The equatorial mount is made of cast iron, and is equipped with circles for right ascension and declination. The pedestal is wood.
Object Name
refracting telescope
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Science & Mathematics
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Kenyon College

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