Museo Galileo
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Terrestrial telescope
    • Setting:
      Room IX
    • Maker:
    • Place:
    • Date:
      early 18th cent.
    • Materials:
      cardboard, leather
    • Dimensions:
      length 1640 mm
    • Inventory:
    • Terrestrial telescope (Inv. 2558)
    • Terrestrial telescope (Inv. 2558)

Terrestrial telescope consisting of six tubes. The tubes are made of cardboard. The largest is covered with green leather decorated with lilies, the others with white leather. The compound eyepiece, contained in the first and second largest tubes, consists of three lenses showing a green tint. The objective, now missing, was housed in the smallest tube. Some tubes contain diaphragms. A typical terrestrial telescope of the late seventeenth or early eighteenth century, almost certainly of English manufacture.