The University of Arizona
College of Optical Sciences

Collection Home > Telescopes >Single Draw > Single-Draw Telescope, Day or Night

Other Dolland Telescopes


Single-Draw Telescope, Day or Night

Signature Dolland, London

Date Early to Mid-1800s
Dimensions English Metric
Main Tube Length 19.3in 490mm
Main Tube Diameter 2.4in 62mm
Total Length 32.8in 835mm
Closed Length 20.8in 530mm
Objective Clear Aperture Diameter 1.2in 30mm


This telescope has a round parallel wood barrel.  The objective lens cap, with a sliding cover, screws into the front of the extendable shade.  The objective is an achromatic doublet.  It has one draw, that is segmented, a four lens eyepiece, and a tapered eyecup with a sliding cover.  It is signed "Dolland,   London,   Day or Night" on the draw, with the eyecup to the right.

In the late 1700s and early 1800s, the dominant telescope manufacturer was Dollond.  Competitors produced telescopes labeled Dolland as counterfeits and to avoid legal issues.


College of Optical Sciences
The University of Arizona, 1630 East University Boulevard, Tucson, Arizona U.S.A. 85721-0094

All contents copyright 2008  Arizona Board of Regents.