Museo Galileo
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Terrestrial telescope
    • Setting:
      Room XVIII
    • Maker:
    • Place:
      English or German?
    • Date:
      first half 18th cent.
    • Materials:
      cardboard, paper
    • Dimensions:
      length 1140 mm
    • Inventory:
    • Terrestrial telescope (Inv. 2549)

Terrestrial telescope consisting of six cardboard tubes, covered with paper of various colors. The largest tube contains the eyepiece, the smallest contains the objective. All the lenses are biconvex. The fourth tube is not original. The instrument's magnification is c. 10. This is a typical telescope of the early eighteenth century, but not of Italian construction.