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Wooden Library Telescope

Signature Dollond, London

Date circa 1800
Number of Draws 1
Dimensions English Metric
Main Tube Length 28.5in 724mm
Main Tube Diameter 2.8in 70mm
Total Length 40.5in 1030mm
Closed Length 38.5in 978mm
Objective Clear Aperture Diameter 2.1in 53mm


This telescope has a round tapered wood barrel.  The objective lens is an achromatic doublet and has a screw-on cap.  It has a single brass draw with rack and pinion focusing by a thumbwheel.  There presently is only one eyepiece tube, for terrestrial use.  The four lens eyepiece is contained in a segmented brass tube, with a flared eyecup.  It is signed "Dollond * London" on the brass back plate of the barrel.  The telescope mounts on a folding cabriole tabletop stand.  It comes with a fitted Mahogany case.


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