William Hyde Wollaston (1766-1828), an English chemist, invented the reflecting goniometer in 1809. Eilhard Mitscherlich (1794-1863), a German chemist, suggested the addition of telescopes to Wollaston’s instrument. This example is of that sort. The “R. FUESS STEGLITZ-BERLIN” inscription on the vertical circle refers to an important German optical firm that began in business in Berlin in 1865, and moved to Steglitz, a suburb, in 1892.

Date Made: after 1891

Maker: R. Fuess

Location: Currently not on view

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.334623Catalog Number: 334623Accession Number: 308729

Object Name: Goniometer

Physical Description: brass (overall material)iron (overall material)Measurements: overall: 28.3 cm x 22.9 cm x 24.8 cm; 11 5/32 in x 9 1/32 in x 9 3/4 inoverall: 11 1/4 in x 8 3/4 in x 9 3/4 in; 28.575 cm x 22.225 cm x 24.765 cm

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Record Id: nmah_1184280

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