Telescopic Alidade

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Description
This alidade has a telescope with a level mounted above, and a vertical circle that is silvered, graduated to 30 minutes, and read by vernier to single minutes. The base has two perpendicular level vials. The U.S. Geological Survey transferred it to the Smithsonian in 1907, describing it as a "preliminary type" of alidade devised for the Survey about 1890.
Location
Currently not on view
Measurements
base: 20 in; 50.8 cm
telescope: 10 1/4 in; 26.035 cm
overall: 8 9/16 in x 20 in x 4 in; 21.74875 cm x 50.8 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
PH.247913
catalog number
247913
accession number
47736
Credit Line
U.S. Geological Survey
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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