The museum is open Fridays through Tuesdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free timed-entry passes are required. Review our latest visitor safety guidelines.

Telescope Tube

Telescope Tube

Usage conditions apply
Downloads
Description
This tapered mahogany tube for a refracting telescope came from the shop of Henry Fitz (1808-1863), America’s first successful commercial telescope maker. It is 51 inches long, 4.5 inches diameter at objective end, and smaller at the eye end.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Telescope Tube
maker
Fitz, Jr., Henry
Measurements
overall: 52 in x 5 in; 132.08 cm x 12.7 cm
ID Number
PH.315154
accession number
215541
catalog number
315154
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Willard H. Howell
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.

Comments

Add a comment about this object