- This was made by Robert Stanton Avery, Jr., a mathematician who spent a long career computing tide tables for the U.S. Coast Survey, and who gave the Smithsonian Institution a substantial sum of money to be used for the “extension of the sciences.”
- We know that Avery made several telescopes in the early 1850s, while working on the family farm in Connecticut. This example has a brass barrel 24½ inches long that measures 4¾ inches diameter at the large end and 1½ inches at the small end. The lenses are lacking.
- Ref: “Robert Stanton Avery, Jr.,” in Bulletin of the Philosophical Society of Washington 12 (1895): 435-442.
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- date made
- 19th century
- overall: 24 1/4 in x 5 in; 61.595 cm x 12.7 cm
- ID Number
- catalog number
- accession number
- Credit Line
- Robert Stanton Avery
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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