English Refracting Telescope

English Refracting Telescope


By Mimi Cay Antiques: Working brass telescope on mahogany tripod base. Signed "Tho. Harris and Son Opticians to the Royal Family, 52 Gt. Russell Street, London 1880." Brass tube is adjustable as is the tripod base. Tripod is secured to desired position with large brass wing nuts.

NB: Refracting Telescope (also called a refractor) is a type of optical telescope that uses a lens as its objective to form an image (also referred to as a dioptric telescope). The refracting telescope design was originally used in spy glasses and astronomical telescopes but is also used for long focus camera lenses.

Dimensions: 51.0ʺH x 46.0ʺW × 3ʺD
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